Champions CHAMPION. The Brgy. Concepcion, Brgy. Cabatangan, and Don Hilario Gonzaga Memorial High School cluster was the over-all champion at the Minuluan Festival street dancing competition in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Lagarde dismissal illegal,
reinstate him, NLRC rules


The National Labor Relations Commission in Bacolod City has declared the dismissal of Sulpicio Lagarde as general manager of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative illegal, and ordered his reinstatement without loss to seniority rights and other benefits.

In his 56-page decision, NLRC Bacolod Labor Arbiter Henry Tañoso also ordered Ceneco and its board members, who approved the resolution terminating Lagarde, to pay him P2,065,42.37 in back-wages, 13 th month pay, moral and exemplary damages, and attorney's fees.

Respondent board members Arnel Lapore, Michael Maravilla, Paul Lizares, Joyce Martha Cuenca, Zenaida Lacson, Vicente Tan and Robert Javellana, who approved Board Resolution No. 10969, were held solidarily liable with Ceneco for the amount adjudged in favor of Lagarde.

1 killed, 2 injured in fire

A boarder died and two others, one a foreigner, were injured when fire hit the Misa Apartment in Purok Maya, Barangay 16 in Bacolod City, at 2 a.m. yesterday.

Michael Bireal, 39, who was a trisikad driver, was trapped and burned as the only exit for him was the area where the fire started, Fire Officer 3 Marc Stephen Trajeras, investigator of the Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection, said.

Bireal, who was in a drinking spree Wednesday night, was sleeping when the fire broke out, City fire marshal Senior Insp. Publio Ploteña, said. moremoremore


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Army, PNP step up security
amid ‘Abu Sayyaf terror plot'

Law enforcement agencies in Negros Oriental yesterday were alerted on an unverified plot allegedly by the Abu Sayyaf Group to carry out some kidnapping activities in Dumaguete City.

Col. Allan Martin, commander of the 302 nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, confirmed that he and other law enforcers had received similar text messages purportedly from the intelligence community regarding the said “terror plot” and the “movement” of a certain ASG leader and his henchmen.

But Martin cautioned against circulating said text messages that he emphasized were unverified, so as not to cause undue alarm, especially among tourists visiting the province. moremoremore