300 brgy officials
BY ADRIAN NEMES III
About 300 barangay officials in Negros Occidental are facing charges before the office of the Ombudsman this year because of improper procedures in the procurements of items used in the barangay.
This was revealed yesterday by Jeffrey Rumbines, president of the Association of Local Government Accountants in Negros Occidental, who added that some of the procurements did not undergo bidding as required under the law.
WV 5 th largest economy in PH
BUT NOT FOR LONG WITH NIR
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The tremendous investments in public infrastructure and the support given to agriculture, trade and industry and tourism by the Aquino administration has made Western Visayas the fifth largest economy in the country, National Economic and Development Authority regional director Ro-ann Bacal said yesterday.
Bacal, who was at a Regional Development Council Work Programming and Agenda Setting Workshop for 2015 to June 2016, held at the Business Inn in Bacolod City, said the removal of Negros Occidental from WV would diminish the economic lead of the region.
But she also said, “If to the mind of our national leaders this is for the betterment of the country in general, because there are many things that they take into consideration, then so be it.” The NEDA will support whatever decision is reached, she added. .
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Drug suspect stabs dead
cop in buy-bust operation
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE
A police officer died when he was stabbed in the neck by a suspected drug pusher during a buy-bust operation yesterday in Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental.
Slain was Police Officer 2 Julius Ceasar Miro Gajetos, 32, of Sitio Pangas, in Bantayan, Dumaguete City, of the Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office.
Senior Supt. Mariano Natu-el Jr., NOPPO OIC provincial police director, said that police operatives, led by Senior Insp. Jul Mohammad Jamiri, conducted a buy-bust operation in Sitio Mojon, Barangay Maluay in Zamboanguita town, at around 1 p.m. yesterday.