Atty. Alain "Len" Gatuslao has been sworn in as one of Negros Occidental’s youngest Board Members. The 40 year old lawyer was elected representing the 5th District comprising of his home city of Himamaylan and the towns of Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla.
Board Member Dr. Melvin Ibañez, Rep. Bebot Mirasol, Board Member-elect Atty. Len Gatuslao and family, Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Mrs. Aming and former Usec. Tony Gatuslao.*
Gatuslao took his oath of office in Himamaylan City before Judge Rolando Balgos in simple rites attended by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Alejandro "Bebot" Mirasol whom the Gatuslaos supported for re-election, as well as outgoing 5th District Board Member Dr. Melvin Ibañez and former APEC Rep. Rene Silos.
The Liberal Party Himamaylan chapter likewise came in full force with City Councilors-elect Nonoy Javelosa and Julie Ann Vasquez also taking their oaths of office in the presence of former Mayor Luz Bayot and various barangay officials.
Several sachets of suspected shabu and marijuana were confiscated in two separate raids conducted by operatives of Sagay City and Binalbagan Police through the Philippine National Police (PNP) campaigns against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province.
PCInsp. Edel Jose Manzano, Sagay City Police chief and his team effected the search and seizure operation at the house of Ferdinand Fernandez, 38, at Hacienda Helen, Purok 9 in Brgy, Poblacion 1.
GOVERNOR: Alfredo Marañon Jr.
VICE GOVERNOR: Eugenio Jose Lacson
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Binalbagan Police authorities arrested Oriental Mindoro’s top 3 most wanted men for criminal offenses at about 4:30PM, yesterday.
PSInsp. Albert Sy, Binalbagan Police chief effected the arrest of Jeffrey Peñascosa, 21, of Brgy. Canmoros, Binalbagan who was accused of homicide along with his brother.
Peñascosa also has a standing warrant of arrest for the crime of frustrated murder under criminal case number CR-13-04-6484 at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 83, Tanauan City, Batangas, PRO4A with bail bond set at P200,000. He is also facing murder charges under criminal case number 11-8257 at RTC-Branch 41 of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro PRO4B with no bail recommended for his temporary release.
The Bailes de Luces of the Municipality of La Castellana was adjudged "Best Festival Dance" during the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival Dance Competition held at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, yesterday.
Over 20 towns and municipalities all over the province participated in the competition, showcasing a five minute presentation of their respective festivals.
Bagging the second place was the Sinulog Festival of Kabankalan City while the Balbagan Festival of Binalbagan town placed third.
A 28-year old resident of Binalbagan town was apprehended by local police officers in an entrapment operation for the sale of marijuana last Thursday afternoon.
According to Police Chief Inspector Rico Santotome Jr., spokesperson of the Philippine National Police in Negros Occidental, the arrested suspect was identified as Joenard Bitunga of Purok Punaw, Barangay Canmoros in Binalbagan. He was collared in a buy-bust operation initiated by elements of Binalbagan Police Station.
Negros Occ. Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., who is challenging the reelection bid of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., assured Negrenses that he will abide with the peace covenant he signed yesterday, along with provincial candidates, at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.
Gov. Alfredo G. Maranon, Jr. (left) and Vice Gov. Genaro M. Alvarez, Jr. shook hands and hugged each other after signing the election peace covenant held at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod yesterday.*(Capitol photo)
Alvarez, who was endorsed by Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) founder Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., said as far as he is concerned, it will be a peaceful election because he has "no guns, goons and gold."
Running for vice gubernatorial post, Board Member Melvin Ibañez (left) and former San Carlos Mayor Eugenio Lacson shook hands after signing the peace covenant at the San Sebastian Cathedral yesterday.*(Capitol photo)
Provincial candidates in Negros Occidental will sign a peace covenant at 11:30 a.m. today at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.
Candidates for governor, vice governor, board members, and congressmen are urged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to sign the covenant.
The peace covenant signing is spearheaded by the PNP and the Comelec to ensure a peaceful conduct of the May 2013 midterm elections.
"We are urging all the candidates to attend," provincial election supervisor Wil Arceño said.
Eleven LGUs in the province of Negros Occidental are being closely monitored having been listed from a military intelligence report to be under the election watchlist.
Negros Occ. Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) Chief OIC S/Supt.Celestino Guarra, Jr. identified these areas under category 1 - Escalante City and under category 2 - Cadiz City, Manapla town, Victorias City, Toboso town, Calatrava town, Moises Padilla town, Binalbagan town, Himamaylan City, Ilog town and Sipalay City.
Category 1 means there is an existing intense political rivalry and possible presence of armed group while category 2 means there is a possibility of the presence of armed group such as the NPA or private armed group, Guarra explained.
For Charibee Saldua, a 27- year old single mom of Barangay Biao, Binalbagan being a woman is not a hindrance in hurdling a skills training course dominated by men.
Saldua is the only woman among the 30 graduates of the welding course which lasted for 34 days, part of the joint scholarship program of BIPA and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The graduation rites was held this morning, January 8, 2013 at the BIPA Technical Institute with BIPA President, Enrique Montilla as guest speaker.