KIDSPolice officers  from Negros Occidental and Panay, who will be part of the PRO6 security contingent of Pope Francis in Tacloban, boarded this Air Force C130 cargo plane at the Iloilo airport yesterday.*

Solon files suit to stop
real property tax hike

A petition for certiorari and prohibition with prayer for temporary restraining order and issuance of writ of preliminary injunction was filed by Bacolod Rep. Evelio “Bing” Leonardia et al, Thursday at the Regional Trial Court to prohibit the enforcement of City Ordinance 08-14-700, or the New Real Property Tax Code and to declare it null and void and render it unconstitutional.

The petition was filed by Leonardia, former councilor Elmer Sy, and lawyers Joselito Bayatan and Edward Joseph Cuansing, against the City of Bacolod represented by Mayor Monico Puentevella, Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod represented by Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, City Assessor’s Office represented by Maphilindo Polvora, and City Treasurer’s Office represented by Giovanni Balalilhe.

The case was raffled off to RTC Branch 42 yesterday. moremoremore

Court extends TRO on Villanueva

David Villanueva, the board member of the Bacolod City Water District appointed by Mayor Monico Puentevella, has been ordered by the Regional Trial Court to cease and desist from exercising the duties and performing or discharging the functions of the position until further order from the Court.

This is contained in the extension of the temporary restraining order sought by BACIWA Board chairman Lawrence Villanueva for 17 days.

Lawrence Villanueva had filed a petition for mandamus and prohibition with prayer for issuance of temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Puentevella and his appointee, David Villanueva, to prevent the latter from sitting on the Baciwa Board by January 1. moremoremore

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Dumaguete bishop
joins call for prayers


Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes yesterday appealed to Dumageteños and Negrenses to join in the nationwide prayer for the safety and security of Pope Francis during his apostolic visit to the Philippines January 15-19.

“In just a week from today, we will be receiving the Holy Father to our lands. He is coming as a shepherd of the People of God,” Cortes said. “Based on what we have heard and read about the Pope, he is expected to really go close to the people,” he added, apparently referring to media reports that Francis prefers an open and non-bullet proof vehicle.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas had said security plans for each of the Pope’s activities in the Philippines need to be ironed out and fortifiedmoremoremore