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Ombudsman suspends
mayor, 8 others in Silay


The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of Mayor Jose Montelibano and eight other officials and employees of the Silay City government in Negros Occidental, for simple misconduct in the purchase of diesel fuel in 2007.

The Ombudsman’s decision said they can only be held liable for simple misconduct since it does not appear that the respondents intended to violate the law or to flagrantly disregard established rules and procedures.

A copy of the decision dated January 9, approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on January 30, was furnished the DAILY STAR by the complainant, Silay resident Jose Lindy Chan Jr., who has filed numerous complaints against Silay City officials.moremoremore

Kidnapping of
Tsinoys decline: See

The kidnapping incidence in the country involving Filipino Chinese has reduced a lot today compared to the past, Teresita Ang See, founding president of the Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran Inc., said.

Ang See was in Bacolod City as guest speaker in the BacoLaodiat spring festival celebration at the SMX Convention Center Saturday.

In an interview, Ang See said they had quite a lot ofsuccess in the anti-kidnapping campaign and had held two forums with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in the last five months because they have asked him to give special attention to the peace and order problem before the elections starts moremoremore

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SP seeking clarification
on EDC projects in NegOr


The Negros Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan has invited the officials of the Energy Development Corporation to appear before the SP this week on the allegations of some environmentalists about the cutting of hundreds of trees and the opening of road networks in Valencia to Dauin, that affect water sources in Mt. Talinis.

Vice Governor Mark Macias said the members of the SP would like to know all the facts and allegations by environmentalists groups and the bikers on the cutting of hundreds of trees in Balas-Balas and Lagunao and the proposed opening of a road network in Puhagan, Valencia to Magsaysay, Dauin that allegedly threaten the water sources.

 Macias also wants to know if the Sanggunian, as a body, is the proper forum for the environmentalists seeking relief.moremoremore