Security guards ‘victims' of
BY CARLA GOMEZ
More than 100 security guards, some of them hired by the Negros Occidental provincial government and a Bacolod department store through security agencies, are believed to have been victimized by a syndicate that has been issuing fake training certificates and permits for a fee.
This was disclosed yesterday by Cresencio Palo and Ferdinand Turbanos of the VMA Security Training Institute, who said those responsible for fraudulent acts will be charged for large scale estafa.
Palo said they started investigating after receiving intelligence information that fake training certificates from the VMA Security Training Institute were being issued to security guards for P1,800 each.
Lift my travel ban, Monico asks
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella filed an urgent motion for reconsideration yesterday asking the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division to set aside its resolution of May 22 denying his request to travel abroad to attend a football congress.
His motion dated May 18 was denied by the Sandiganbayan because, despite his manifestation that “he will request the Department of Interior and Local Government for authority to travel to Zurich, Switzerland and New York City, USA, there is no record that he filed such request or that the DILG granted him the authority to travel abroad.
The court also emphasized that his arraignment scheduled last May 14 had to be cancelled because he was confined at the Adventist Hospital, Bacolod City (Bacolod Adventist Medical Center), and it would be incongruous for him to undertake a long trip abroad for a very extended period of time without a doctor's clearance or certification that he is fit to do so.
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Army denies involvement
in death of farmer couple
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
The 11 th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army rejected yesterday a statement from the militant farmers' groups condemning the deaths of a couple who were farmers in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Sunday.
Lt. Col. Paul Idul, 11 th IB commander, called it another “desperate move” by activist groups to discredit government and its efforts to achieve lasting peace in Negros Oriental and declare it insurgency-free.
Idul said there is no truth whatsoever to the allegations of the groups, that the couple, Endric Calago, 47, and his wife, Rosalie, 45, were killed and burned by military personnel in their house in Barangay Tacpao, Guihulngan City, during the pre-fiesta activities Sunday,