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Ask DILG, Monico told
on NIR invitation gripe
Paradise is a state of mind - guv

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella should ask the Department of Interior and Local Government why he was not invited to be part of the Technical Working Group of the Negros Island Region.

Puentevella said he was not consulted, informed or invited to the TWG so if there are complaints about the way the partition of the regional offices were made between Negros Occidental and Oriental, Bacolod should not be blamed.

The regional offices to be located in Negros Oriental should have sub offices in Bacolod, and their regional directors should be made to spend time on the Occidental side too, Puentevella said.moremoremore

SP joins call for halt to
bulk water bidding


Members of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday unanimously passed a resolution expressing their apprehension over the bulk water supply project of the Bacolod City Water District.

The SP also approved another resolution requesting the Baciwa management to suspend or postpone the July 1 to 2 scheduled opening of sealed bids of bidders of the bulk water project to conduct further comprehensive study and address other concerns raised by the people of Bacolod.

Copies of the resolution will be forwarded to the Office of the Mayor, Baciwa management, Local Water Utilities Administration, National Water Resources Board, Senate, House of Representatives, and the Office of the President, through the Office of the Executive Secretary.moremoremore


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CHR to probe HR violations
in Sta. Catalina encounters

The Negros Oriental Commission on Human Rights chief, Jess Cañete, will investigate “motu proprio” (by his own initiative) the purported human rights violations in Sta. Catalina town, after an encounter between government troops and suspected New People's Army rebels about two weeks ago.

He said yesterday he will again visit Barangay Talalak in Sta. Catalina town this week to further investigate allegations of human rights (HR) violations allegedly committed by soldiers of the Army's 79 th Infantry Battalion.

He said that last week, he already started questioning some people there to determine if there were casualties after two days of sporadic clashes between soldiers and alleged rebels June 13 and 14 in Talalak.moremoremore