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Capitol to Pursue Lease Contract With Ayala

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Considering the legal battles on the Capitol-Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) land deal, the provincial government of Negros Occidental will pursue the lease contract with ALI, for the 7.7-hectare prime lot property of the province, that has been awarded to Ayala.

The First Family celebrates the 67th birthday of the city’s First Lady, Josefa Puentevella at Bantug Lake Ranch yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Members of the Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club with City Mayor Monico Puentevella and City Administrator Rolando Villamor following their discussion on the group’s presentation this coming MassKara Festival.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Atty. Mary Ann Lamis of the Provincial Legal Office said, "We are working on the level that lease contract be implemented. We are doing our best to pursue the lease only instead of sale contract."

Presently, there is a pending case between Capitol and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) after the latter has filed a petition in court, insisting that it won in the bidding. After it was dismissed, Capitol and Ayala fired back at SMPHI by filing a P50 million damage suit for alleged delay of project implementation resulted by series of court cases filed by SMPHI against capitol.

50, Cebu, 11-13803. We suspended the implementation of the sale, instead we will pursue on the lease because it does not need transfer of certificate of ownership. The swapping of properties between the lots of the province and Gonzaga family has been pending, so part of the supposed lot for sale with Ayala is affected.

Sian, City Employee Rift Settled - Bascon

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Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Agustin Bascon yesterday said the dispute between councilor Harry Sian and an employee assigned at the General Services Office has been settled amicably.

Mayor Monico Puentevella inspects the ongoing rehabilitation of the bridge along I. V. Ferrer Street in Barangay Villamonte yesterday.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Members of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines pose with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Joseph Victor "JV" G. Ejercito (center) during the senate hearing last Tuesday, September 16, 2016 on the proposed Sugarcane Act. (L-R) UNIFED President Manuel Lamata, CONFED’s Jose Maria B. Montinola, NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas, CONFED’s Federico A. Locsin III, SRA Administrator Gina B. Martin, CONFED National President Rafael L. Coscolluela and Pablo M. Lorenzo III.*

Sian was reported to have manhandled Ronnie Licanao at the city hall, Tuesday morning.

Bascon said he has called the attention of both Sian and Licanao.

Bascon told the Negros Daily Bulletin that Licanao decided not to press charges against Sian and did not have the incident reported to the police.

"They settled the case between them amicably," Bascon said.

He added that Sian has apologized for his actions to the city chief executive and also asked for forgiveness from Licanao.

"We are all Himamaylanons so settle it among yourselves," Bascon said.

Reports said that Sian bumped into Licanao at the city hall Tuesday morning and punched the latter without any provocation.

It was learned that Licanao has reportedly asked for money from Sian last January for him to process the permits for Sian’s building but has not done so.

City to Increase Real Property Tax

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella presented to the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) a "priority legislative request" that will coordinate the increase of real property taxes in the city.

MASSKARA QUEEN HOPEFULS. Candidates for 2014 MassKara Queen together with MQ Organizer Charie Ginete-Ilon in a visit to City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the Bacolod People’s House yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

SAVEMORE COURTESY CALL. SaveMore Market Fortune Bacolod Admin Manager Manny Llose together with the officers and top officials of Sanford Marketing, Corporation with Mayor Monico Puentevella in a courtesy call yesterday. The group discussed with the Mayor some of their services in the soon to be opened edifice in Barangay Estefania, including exclusive lanes for senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWD).* (CMO-PIO photo)

According to the mayor, the city is mandated by the Local Government Code to increase the said taxes every three years. For the past 8 years however, the city government failed to comply with the directive and have not issued an increase.

"This is an urgent request, but the increase will be a win-win solution for the business and private sector," Puentevella said in a press conference yesterday.

He also said that the city’s real estate value is lower than Talisay, Silay, Victorias, San Carlos and Iloilo.

A public hearing to discuss the action will be scheduled on the first week of October, while the SP will present the agenda next week, Puentevella added.

He is also inviting the business sector and private organizations to attend the presentation.

Although the increase will not be "drastic", the Puentevella administration is willing to listen to the public if they have suggestions on how to go about the raise and that they are willing to compromise.

"If the people accept the increase, we will see more development in Bacolod," said Puentevella.

During the scheduled affair in October, Puentevella said that he will present the city’s Master Plan "to justify the increase".

Governor Says ‘No Local Politics Discussed at Macau Trip’

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Governor Marañon

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., denied that local politics for 2016 was discussed during the trip of provincial officials to Macau, China.

Marañon was reacting to reports that the trip to the gambling capital of Asia was about political alliances in the province come 2016.

Senior Police Officer 1 Rey Jereos, Chief Clerk, Police Community Re-lations, Bacolod City Police Office conducts seminar regarding Crime Prevention and Control at Bacolod City Parole and Probation on September 12 at Bacolod City Parole and Probation Center in photo at right.

Afterwards, SPO1 Rey Jereos receives certificate of appreciation for his valuable service rendered to Bacolod City Parole and Probation Office as resource person during the conduct of the Crime prevention and control week activities, thus, contributing to the rehabilitation of probationers, parolees and conditional pardonees and giving significance to the community-based program of the agency.*

With the governor and Rep. Alfredo Benitez were Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson, Provincial Board members Renato Gustilo, Miller Se-rondo, Patrick Lacson, Jona Ko, Mark Cui, Helen Zafra and Salvador Escalante.

The Negros Occidental mayors who joined the bonding trip were Melecio Yap of Escalante City, Jomax Ortiz of Salvador Benedicto, Francis Frederick Palanca of Victorias City, Eric Saratan of Talisay City, Rommel Yogore of Valla-dolid and Isidro Zayco of Kabankalan City.

Also in Macau were Reps. Jerry Treñas (Iloilo City), Tony Del Rosario (1st district, Capiz) and Rene Lopez Relampagos (1st district, Bohol).

Benitez clarified that the Macau trip had no political color but simply a bonding with officials in the provinces.

Marañon who was already back at Capitol yesterday said only the Senate bid of Benitez was discussed.

"All those were at Macau vowed support in case Albee decides to run," he said.

BCPO Details Security Plan for MassKara 2014

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Police Assistance Centers, checkpoints, mobile police to safeguard the city starting October 1, 2014.

Members of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) met in their regular meeting yesterday with the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) presenting their security preparations for the upcoming MassKara Festival.


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