Bacolod residents also braved the rains induced by Typhoon Glenda yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Junk indictment order,
Valladolid mayor asks


Mayor Romel Yogore and members of the Bids and Awards Committee of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental yesterday asked the Office of the Ombudsman (Visayas) to dismiss its resolution finding probable cause to indict them for violation of the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In their motion for reconsideration, Yogore and his co-respondents asked that the Office of the Ombudsman (Visayas) resolution, dated Oct. 30, 2012 and approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Feb. 25, 2014 be reversed and set aside, and a new resolution be rendered dismissing the criminal complaint for graft filed against them, their lawyer Rayfrando Diaz II said.

The Ombudsman’s resolution had found probable cause to indict Yogore, Valladolid Municipal Agriculturist Giovanni Robles – chairman of the Valladolid Bids and Awards Committee, Municipal Engineer Joseph Alfonso Manayon – BAC vice chairman, and members – Municipal Registrar Ernesto Genobis, Cashier III Daisy Galve, and Accounting Clerk II Merlene Magbanua.

The Ombudsman also found probable cause to file charges against Jonie Nieve, proprietor of JB Nieve Hardware and Construction Supply. moremoremore

Monico to SP:
End contract of abattoir


Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday that he will request  the Sangguniang Panlungsod  to terminate   the contract between the city and AVM Bernardo Engineering for the operation of the Bacolod City Slaughterhouse in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.

Puentevella said that, because of so many alleged violations committed by AVM Bernardo, he will also present the terms of bidding to the SP. After the contract has been terminated, he will invite other bidders willing to operate the slaughterhouse, he said.

    He has also requested a Dutch expert, who constructed the slaughterhouse in Sagay, to look into the operation of the Bacolod Slaughterhouse, he said. moremoremore

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Now it’s radiation


    Glenda is leaving our country today, and nobody is bidding her “Goodbye, come again”. We in the Visayas should now be giving thanks for having been spared the onslaught of this typhoon that also collected a toll of 20 lives in Luzon and parts of Mindanao. But we should also thank our Weather officials for the timely warnings and advices that enabled our people to be prepared. At least the casualty list is minimal, compared to other typhoons that had come our way in the past months.


    Despite the fears we experienced while anticipating Glenda, I was imagining the reaction of schoolchildren and even college students, and teachers to the announcements about the cancellation of classes. I remember that when we were in school, announcements that there would be no classes were always greeted with rejoicing. But, as far as I can recall, we never had cancelled classes due to typhoons. It seems it is only this generation that has become frequent victims of natural calamities. All right, say “Climate Change” and I will echo your statement.


    Now that workers are mopping up the areas visited by Glenda, maybe we can talk about light matters, like the announcement that  the Miss Universe 2015 is likely to be held in the Philippines. If that is true, this will be the second (or third?) time this has happened. What I remember very clearly is when the contest was held in Manila when our Margie Moran was the reigning Miss Universe. How proud we were as we watched her waving from the Miss U float as it paraded along Roxas Boulevard, with the candidates from all the other participating countries following.moremoremore












6 die of drowning

Two more children drowned  Monday while crossing a creek in Barangay Tabuan, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, due to the sudden rise of the water level,  bringing to six the number of young people who died  from drowning in the province in the first two weeks of this month.

    The fatalities  were  identified as Julie, 10, and her younger sister, Jeovira, 6, both surnamed Jonales,  by Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Adrian Sedillo who  said that,  based on  report  yesterday,  the  siblings were on their way home at around 5 p.m. Monday from the Dita Elementary School, and were crossing the Tambukod Creek when they were  swept away by strong water currents.moremoremore