Time CapsuleGov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella and Ayala president and CEO  Bobby Dy (9th to 7th from left)  led the lowering of the time capsule at the Capitol Central ground-breaking rites yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

New city tax ordinance
null and void, DOJ rules

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has declared Bacolod City Ordinance 08-14-700 null and void for failure to comply with the prescribed procedure under the Local Government Code in the enactment of tax ordinances.

In her resolution dated February 18, De Lima was acting on a consolidated appeal of appellants Proxima Centauri Realty and Development Corp. and the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp versus the Bacolod City government, Mayor Monico Puentevella, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora as appellees.

A copy of the resolution from Suzette Celicious-Sy, lawyer of Proxima, was furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday.

City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz said the city government has not received a copy of any decision yet.moremoremore

Guv: Ayala to draw investors, change economic landscape

The P6 billion integrated, mixed-use “Capitol Central” development project of AyalaLand Inc. on provincial government property in Bacolod City that is finally taking off will drastically change the business and economic landscape of Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

The huge development project of Ayala will be a catalyst for drawing more investors into the province, like honey drawing all the bees, the governor said at the “Capitol Central” groundbreaking rites yesterday morning on ALI leased provincial government property behind the Capitol building.

ALI has “opened the floodgates for more business and investment potentials for Negrenses”, he added. moremoremore

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High risk carnap-robbery
gang leader escapes jail


Governor Roel Degamo has ordered an investigation on the jailbreak of a “high risk” suspected leader of a carnapping-robbery gang in Negros Oriental Thursday morning.

The governor ordered Joselito Bito-on, warden of the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center, to submit immediately an incident report on the escape of Ricardo Ebasan, 44, tagged by the provincial Highway Patrol Team of the Philippine National Police as the alleged leader of the Ebasan-Dinglasa “Akyat-Bahay” (break-in)/robbery group.

The NODRC is directly under the supervision of the provincial government with the governor as the provincial jailer.moremoremore