Monico The caption of this photo posted by the Bacolod City Public Information Office on its Facebook page, says Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is in “top shape”*

Rape-slay suspect released,
opts to stay at police station


Bacolod City Deputy City Prosecutor, Emmanuel Lope Lupisan, ordered the commander of Police Station 4 in Bacolod to release the rape-slay suspect, after the filing of the charges for robbery with homicide did not make it within the reglamentary period.

The order said the charges against Ricardo Ewayan, 34, of Barangay 3 Poblacion in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, were filed after the 36 hours reglamentary period for his detention had lapsed, making it a regular case filing, not an inquest proceeding, Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, Station 4 commander, said yesterday.

However, Ewayan said he did not want to leave, as he feared for his life. He procured and signed a custodial receipt from the Public Attorney's Office that he will stay at the police station for safekeeping, Villarias said.moremoremore

Another college
student missing


Another college student in Bacolod City was reported missing since Friday up to last night.

Riossah Mae Recoperto, 18, of Barangay Alijis in Bacolod, and an education student of University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, left her home at about 5 a.m. Friday, after a misunderstanding between her and her father, her cousin, Johnel Fortaleza, told the DAILY STAR last night.

Fortaleza said they have already reported the incident to Police Station 7, and the family of Recoperto has been looking for her all over Bacolod, to no avail.moremoremore

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Ombudsman to resolve pending
admin cases before 2016 polls

CEBU CITY – The Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas will resolve pending administrative cases filed against public and elective officials in the entire Visayas before the start of the 2016 elections, an official said.

Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, Paul Elmer Clemente, said this will prevent the officials from using the “Aguinaldo Doctrine” as basis in having their cases dismissed.

The Aguinaldo Doctrine, based on a Supreme Court decision in the 1990s, absolves a public official from any administrative liability if he gets reelected to office “without prejudice to heftier criminal sanctions if warranted.” moremoremore