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Pre-trial set today
for Monico case

The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has issued a strict order that any evidence or witness not presented today in the pre-trial proceedings of the criminal case versus Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella and two others, involving the alleged overpriced computer package may be prohibited by the court from being presented during the trial, unless there are compelling reasons, private complainant Joselito Bayatan said yesterday.

Bayatan said the court called him up and asked him to attend the pre-trial proceedings today in the graft case against Puentevella and the two others for the allegedly overpriced purchase of computer packages of P400,000 each, using his Priority Development Assistance Fund, for a total of P26 million when he was a congressman.

He said the pre-trial is the stage of the hearing when the evidences, especially documentary ones, and all witnesses of both parties will be introduced to the court.

ABC head denies
abusing authority


The president of the Association of Barangay Captains yesterday said the administrative complaint filed by a 64-year-old resident of Purok Matahum, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City, against him for abuse of authority, oppression and misconduct in office has no basis.

The complaint was filed by Julinda Necesito against Bacolod Councilor Noli Villarosa for the way he handled her case against Wilson Occeña, 58,who, she alleged is his uncle.

Villarosa said he also plans to file perjury charges against Necesito and her husband, after the complaint was filed against him with the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.


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Tutors' group cries foul over
proposed anti-bullying law

CEBU CITY – The Teachers Dignity Coalition-Visayas has cried foul over the proposed Anti-Bullying Law that would penalize teachers found guilty of bullying their students.

TDC-Visayas vice chairman, Anabelle dela Cerna, said teachers are already burdened by many laws and regulations, such as Republic Act No. 7610, or the Child Protection Law, the Department of Education Child Protection Policy and other laws.

“The same laws are use to harass, threaten and intimidate the helpless teachers or extort money from them,” dela Cerna said.moremoremore