DRENCHED. Negros Occidental Board Member Alain Gatuslao takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge  in Himamaylan City Sunday and nominates  Himamaylan Mayor Augustin Ernesto Bascon, his brother Justin, and staff Russell Ban to also take it on.*

WB okays P249M for
Negros projects


Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he discussed the implementation of projects for Negros Occidental, covered by the $508 million (P22.4 billion) financial package inked by the Philippine government with the World Bank Friday, in a meeting with Capitol officials yesterday.

Under WB-Department of Agriculture-Philippines Rural Development Project for 2014, Negros Occidental has approved proposals totalling P249,146,500, Marlin Sanogal, Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit head, said.

Of the amount, P63,767,500 will be for muscovado rural enterprises for various producers, and P185,379,000 for farm-to-market roads, she added.moremoremore

Case vs. Nicor,
4 others junked


The Office of the Ombudsman Visayas has dismissed the complaint for alleged violation of anti-graft and corrupt practices, falsification of public documents and dishonesty, filed against La Castellana Mayor Alberto Nicor and four others, for lack of merit.

“The truth will set you free” said Nicor, in reaction to the dismissal of the complaints against him and four others.

The filing of complaints against Nicor, Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Patricio Estoya Jr., Municipal, Budget Officer Joselita Ordaniel, Municipal Accountant Joelette Borromeo and former Municipal Treasurer Jacinto Potato, filed by La Castellana Vice Mayor Felix Feria IV, stemmed from the appropriation of P3,867,770.76 cash gifts to more than 500 municipal employees, including casuals and members of the municipal council, in 2012.moremoremore

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NORSU president eyeing
legal action vs. critics

Negros Oriental State University president, Don Vicente Real, said he is considering legal action against his detractors, who are calling on him to step down from office, citing several alleged malpractices and irregularities.

He made the announcement Friday afternoon at a hastily-called for press conference at his office at the NORSU main campus in Dumaguete City. He said he will take up with the Board of Regents in a meeting today what sanctions are proper for union members and university staff who have “violated” the university’s code.

He said he is still the NORSU president and in control of the affairs of the school despite the events in past weeks, particularly on the clamor for his resignation and the withdrawal of support from him by a university vice president. moremoremore