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Two in gang-rape get
320-year prison terms

A Bacolod Regional Trial Court judge yesterday found two Negrenses guilty beyond reasonable doubt of gang-raping a house helper, who was then 17 years old, and sentenced them to suffer imprisonment of 320 years each.

Bacolod RTC Branch 41 Judge Ray Alan Drilon sentenced Marlo Villacampa and Jay-R Mendoza to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua on eight counts. Each count carries a prison term of 40 years.

They were also ordered to pay the complainant, whose name is being withheld by the DAILY STAR, P75,000 each as moral damages and P25,000 each as exemplary damages. moremoremore

Mayor wins damage suit

The Supreme Court has ruled with finality against a former Sipalay City  councilor, who was ordered to pay Sipalay Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. P1.3 million in damages.

Elmer Balbin, lawyer of Montilla, furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday a copy of the SC resolution that became final and executory on Sept. 9, 2014, denying the appeal of Dr. Carlos Buenavista Legislador to the  ruling against him by  Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles.

On June 26, 2002, Montilla had filed a complaint for damages against Legislador, who at the time was a councilor of Sipalay City, for issuing libelous and defamatory statements against him.. moremoremore

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Disallowance notice appealed
on casual plantilla employees


The Dumaguete City Legal Office yesterday briefed more than 400 casual plantilla workers of the city on the city’s appeal to the notice of disallowance issued by Lourdes Algopera, local audit team leader of the Commission on Audit, on their employment.

City Legal Officer Neil Ray Lagahit said that to the local COA, casual plantilla workers, whose salaries are charged to the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses, are no different from the job order employees, and are thus not allowed to receive Christmas bonus, cash gift, 13th month pay, and the Productivity Enhancement Incentive.

However, he said there are remedies under the law, and added he personally believes that an employee-employer relationship exists between them and the city government. moremoremore