First District Rep. Julio "Jules" Ledesma IV is filing counter-charges against a lawyer who had filed a petition against him before the San Carlos City Regional Trial Court assailing his guardianship and seeking to declare him ‘incompetent.’
Lawyer Danny Ponde-villa, counsel for Ledesma, yesterday dismissed the charges filed by Epifanio Liberal Jr. against the congressman as ‘black propaganda.’
"This is purely black propaganda by his opponent because he will not win in San Carlos City, which has about 40 to 50 percent of the votes in the First District," Pondevilla said.
The Municipality of Calatrava tops the "Paindis-indis Sang Binalaybay" contest during the second day of the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Stadium, yesterday.
Calatrava Binalaybay Contestant Luz Leonor delivers her piece during the "Paindis-indis Sang Binalaybay" at the Panaad Stadium, yesterday.* (CAPITOL PHOTO)
Oration Composer and Presenter Luz Leonor bested ten others with her piece entitled, "Kay Kita, Usa Ra" which talks about Calatrava’s finest delicacies, destinations and its locals.
John Rey Java of Himamaylan City bagged the 2nd runner up for "Organiko nga Pagpanguma Para sa Masulhay Kag Mainuswagon nga Probinsya", while Edmar Villanueva of Silay City placed 3rd with his piece, "Panguma Organiko, Ginapabugal Ko".
The winners received P15,000, P10,000 and P7,000 with trophy for the first, second and third place, respectively.
A resident of San Carlos City was arrested for alleged illegal possession of firearms in a police operation about 4PM, Friday at Brgy. Agpangi, Calatrava.
PSInsp. Rollie L. Pondevilla, police chief with alert team apprehended Rene Pitugo, 25, of Sitio Sag-ulay, Brgy. Bagonbon, San Carlos City for violation of Republic Act (RA) 8294 or illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions and section 32 of RA 7166 of the Omnibus Election Code.
Two men were stabbed dead, while another was wounded when a skirmish broke out inside a dance hall at Sitio Calapnusan, Brgy. Lalong, Calatrava town, about 11:30PM, Sunday.
Police identified the casualty as Ronnie Magbulugtong, 23, of Sitio Balea, Brgy. Marcelo who succumbed to a single stab wound in the armpit allegedly inflicted by Pedion Olbenario who fled the scene after the incident. The victim was pronounced dead by attending physician at Alfredo Marañon District Hospital in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Responte who was helping Magbulugtong was shot once by unidentified suspect and was wounded on the left knee. He was rushed to San Carlos City Hospital for treatment.
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.
A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was arrested by joint operating elements of the military and the police in Calatrava Saturday morning.
Joel Baron Danioso, alias "Ewen" and "Ewel," was arrested by joint operating elements of 62nd Infantry Brigade and PNP Special Action Force (SAF) in Sitio Minatipik Brgy. Winas-wasan, Calatrava at 5:30 a.m.
Danioso, of Yunit Milisya in Brgy. Malatas Calatrava, was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by San Carlos regional trial court Branch 59 Judge Katherine Go, dated June 28, 2011, for robbery with homicide and physical injuries charges, under criminal case number 4613.
Local News: 1st District Solon Rallies Constituents to Support the Alvarez-Lacson Tandem; Benitez Denies LP No Longer with the Duo
Rep. Jules Ledesma, (1st District, Neg. Occ.) rallied his constituents to support vice governor Genaro Alvarez and former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Lacson, gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial bets of the Nationalist People’s Coalition in their development efforts to boost livelihood for all Negrenses.
Ledesma with wife Assunta de Rossi-Ledesma, together with the mayoralty bets of the NPC in the first district gathered for a barangay assembly at the San Carlos City gym, Saturday where barangay officials with their supporters from the two cities and three municipalities came for what is dubbed as a "show of force."
Local police estimated the jampacked crowd in the auditorium to be about 4,000-5,000.
CALATRAVA—A farm-to-market road linking two hinterland barangays in Calatrava and Toboso towns will soon pave the way for easy transport of agricultural produce, lower delivery cost of goods and give residents access to public transportation.
(Left photo) Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and First District Board Member Nehemias Dela Cruz, Sr. (3rd and 5th from left) lead in the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Cambayobo-Magticol farm-to-market road (right photo) located at the boundary of Brgy. Cambayobo, Municipality of Calatrava and Brgy. Magticol, Municipality of Toboso, yesterday.*(Capitol photos)
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. yesterday led government officials and private sector representatives that included, among others, Roy Bautista of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; First District Board Member Nehemias de la Cruz, former Mayor Fernando Leonor of Calatrava and Richard Jaojoco, of Toboso and private sector representatives Joemarie Valmayor and Dick Decatoria, as well as Provincial Planning and Development Officer Marlin Sanogal, at the ground-breaking rites for the P8 million project amid the morning rains.
A total of 11 local government units (LGUs) in the province of Negros Occidental have been included in the election watchlist areas (EWAs) for the forthcoming May elections.
The information was based on the recently concluded Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council meeting of the military, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Commission on Elections (Comelec).
These areas include Escalante City which is listed under Category 1; cities of Cadiz, Himamaylan, Sipalay, Victorias and the municipalities of Manapla, Toboso, Calatrava, Moises Padilla and Ilog.