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CA Reverses Ombudsman Order Dismissing Bacolod Mayor, 8 Others

The Court of Appeals (CA) in Cebu reversed the decision of the Ombudsman to dismiss Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his co-respondents for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

In a September 6, 2017 promulgation signed by Associate Justices Germano Francisco D. Legaspi and Marilyn B. Lagura-Yap, and Executive Justice Gabriel T. Ingles of the 18th Division of CA-Cebu, the CA cited the Aguinaldo Doctrine is applicable in the defense and the merits of the case alone were already sufficient to exonerate him.

12-kilo Monitor Lizard Turned Over to Center

A 12-kilo Monitor Lizard, known in the dialect as “Bayawak” or “Halo,” was turned over Saturday afternoon to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Bago City Wildlife Rescue Center in Bantayan Park, Brgy. Poblacion, Bago. The turn-over was conducted by Jimmy Angelo F. Balista, Farm Manager of Charoen Porkphand Foods Philippines (CPF) Farm, Brgy. Crossing, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, in coordination with the Local Government of Pulupandan.


The Monitor Lizard, “Bayawak” or “Halo”

Isabela to Embark on Massive Info Drive on Federalism

‘Negros Federal State a Possible Proposition’

 

A federalism advocate and close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte stressed that the proposition to create a Federal State of Negros is possible, and it depends more on the lobbying of the congressmen from the island.


ISABELA MAYOR Joselito Y. Malabor (upper photo) presides over the first ever Isabela Municipal Convention that kicked off Saturday at the town’s socio-cultural center, with Hugpong Federalismo convenor & former Janiuay, Iloilo administrator Mary Jane Locsin (lower inset right photo) as guest speaker, with 600 participants ttending ( lower inset left).*

PCSO Chair Calls Anew on Local PNP to Go After Gamblers

The chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), for the nth time, called on local police forces to also go after cops protecting illegal gambling operations.

Jose Jorge Corpuz told newsmen in Silay City yesterday that despite PCSO’s call on the Philippine National Police (PNP), they continue to get reports on the involvement of policemen in illegal gambling.

“We have a memorandum of agreement with the PNP, as well as with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that they catch operators of illegal gambling,” Corpuz said.

Mayor Won’t Leave NPC-Love Negros

Suspended Cauayan town Mayor John Rey Tabujara said he did not and will not leave the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Love Negros party.

Tabujara was sought for comment by NDB last night, following speculations that he intends to join UNEGA.

The speculations ran wild in southern Negros Occidental yesterday, which also alleged that Acting Cauayan Mayor. Vice Mayor Rico James “Tata” Tabujara attended the recent UNEGA party meeting and “plans to join the party”.

John Rey & Rico James are cousins.