FlowersCHRISTMAS.  The house of Larry Benitez at Doña Juliana Heights in Bacolod City is all lighted up for Christmas* (Archie Alipalo photo)

NBI files graft complaint
vs. mayor at Ombudsman

The National Bureau of Investigation has recommended to the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas that Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella be criminally and administratively charged, in connection with the sale of used clothing (ukay-ukay) at the Bacolod Public Plaza in April, without authority from the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

This was after the NBI had submitted the result of their investigation in connection with the request of Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez.

The complaint filed by agent-in-charge Joseph Rigodon of the NBI Bacolod District Office last week with the Ombudsman, recommended that Puentevella be criminally charged and prosecuted for violation of Section 3, paragraph (e) R.A. 3019, or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for violation of the Code of Ethical Standard, and for an administrative case of grave misconduct..moremoremore

OBO chief,
inspector suspended

The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has ordered the filing of criminal case before the court against Office of the Building Official head Isidro Sun Jr. and Jose Maria Makilan andalso meted them the penalty of suspension from the service without pay for six months and one day after finding them guilty of the administrative offense of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

The criminal case was ordered filed after finding probable cause to indict them for falsification of official document in relation to an application of Mainstream Business Inc. for business permitfor the expansion of the north wing of SM City Bacolod.

The complaint was filed against them by section heads Sharon Gayanelo, Cary Memoria and Glenda Pajes, of the OBO Architectural Section, Structural Section and Plumbing and Sanitary Section, respectively, on Nov. 15, 2013.moremoremore


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Lay minister, son drown in
Mabinay flashfloods


DUMAGUETE CITY – A lay minister of the Roman Catholic Church and his 5-year-old son drowned Saturday in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, when they were swept away by flashfloods at the Tabuay River in the town.

Initial police investigation showed that Bro. Junrey Abueva, 27, his wife and their 5-year-old son, of Mantayo, Mabinay, were crossing the Tabuay River when the waters suddenly swelled, carrying them downstream, Sr. Insp. Leopoldo Ijan, the town’s police chief, said.

Abueva tried to save his son but they got separated, while his wife, whose name was not available at press time, was able to cling to some plants and survived, Ijan said.moremoremore