Councilor Carlos Lopez Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez in a meeting with COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza.*

Deny motion to cancel
arraignment of mayor

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has asked the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division to deny for lack of merit the omnibus motion for reconsideration and to cancel/defer arraignment and further proceedings filed by Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella.

In its opposition dated April 14, 2015, the Prosecution said Puentevella's motion is merely asking the Honorable Court to reconsider the scheduling of the case for his arraignment, but not necessarily the denial of his motion for reconsideration.

The SandiganBayan Fourth Division had earlier scheduled the arraignment of Puentevella on April 15, and has reset it to May 14, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. pending the submission of the Prosecution of its comment/opposition to the mayor's omnibus resolution. moremoremore

Lopez following up
fertilizer case, too

Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez met with Commission on Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza on the incident involving an auditor sent from the Iloilo Regional Office 6 to check on the alleged fertilizer scam involving former Rep. Monico Puentevella, a press release from his office said.

Puentevella, was particularly mentioned in the Senate investigation chaired by then Sen. Ramon Magsaysay, the press release said.

Instead of cooperating with the investigation to shed light and clear the former Congressman's name in the alleged scam, City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz wrote a cease-and-desist letter addressed to Auditor Gloria Payofelin, the press release added. moremoremore

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DNA lab findings confirm
identity of female cadaver

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.moremoremore