ASEAN EXECOM MEETING. Malaysian Speaker of the House and ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly president, Amin Haji Mulia (center), with Philippine delegates Reps. Evelio Leonardia, Al Francis Bichara (Head of Delegation), Raymond Democrito Mendoza and Department of Foreign Affairs ASEAN Director Zaldy Patron at the ongoing AIPA Executive Committee Meeting in Kuala Lumpur.*

Buri road landowners
may sue DPWH, city

The owners of the property in Honorata G. Manalo Street (Buri Road) in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, that is undergoing rehabilitation, are mulling the filing of charges against the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Bacolod City government to claim just compensation.

Their legal counsel Pauline Tumonog-Nuega said yesterday that they will also cooperate with the city in filing a malversation case against the DPWH with the Office of the Ombudsman for infusing public funds on privately-owned property.

She said that under R.A. 8974, the amount that should be offered the land owners must be 100 percent of the current zonal value as determined by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Based on the BIR zonal value the amount of the property is within the range of P1,800 per square meters.

Sandigan denies
MR vs. Golez

The Sandiganbayan Second Division has upheld its dismissal of a criminal case for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act lodged against Silay Vice Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez, in connection with a P18 million city government computerization project.

The Sandiganbayan in a resolution promulgated August 11, a copy of which Golez furnished the media yesterday, denied a motion for reconsideration filed by the prosecution to its resolution dated January 7, dismissing the charges against Golez after finding no probable cause against him.

The Sandiganbayan Second Division's denial of the motion for reconsideration against Golez was penned by Associate Justice Maria Cristina Cornejo and concurred by Associate Justices Teresita Diaz-Baldos and Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.moremoremore


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Mar urges Partido NegOrense
to stay true to ‘daang matuwid'

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas urged the Partido NegOrense, led by Gov. Roel Degamo, to stay true to “daang matuwid (straight path),” the noble cause of serving the people, and of defending the dreams and aspirations of every Negrense and Filipino.

In his speech read by Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento (Western Samar), incoming DILG secretary, during the launching of the local party at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex in Dumaguete City Saturday, Roxas said the greater challenge of “daang matuwid” is going to come and the benefit of that transformation will be experienced by the children and our children's children.

Roxas said he welcomed Degamo and the more than 10,000 crowd that witnessed the launching, for joining him in the quest for good local governance, as Negros Oriental is a recipient of the award by DILG.moremoremore