Escalante City

3 Arrested, 1 Flees in Drug Busts

Police operatives arrested three persons in separate drug operations in La Castellana and Cadiz, while another escaped in Escalante City.

Police operatives conducted search operation against Cresente Lampaso Pales, 47, alias “Senser” of Sitio Asay, Barangay Cabacungan, La Castellana and have him arrested around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Confiscated from his possession were seven small sachets of shabu, P300 marked money and other drug paraphernalia.

Loan Officer Jailed in ‘Holdup Me’; Arrest Murder Suspects

ESCALANTE CITY- A loan officer of project Dungganon here was jailed after police authorities discovered he is masterminding to holdup himself with accomplices of the company’s P400, 000 they withdrew from a bank in the city around 1:30 p.m.Tuesday afternoon.

Roberto Castellano, 28, of Barangay Caradio-an, Himamaylan City is now languishing in jail after police filed qualified theft and robbery charges against him and his cohorts.

Maravillas Warns All Absentee City Councilors

Escalante City Acting Mayor Santiago Maravillas Jr., yesterday warned councilors of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) who are absent from the sessions that he will file charges against them for “grave abuse of authority and gross neglect of duty”.

The Escalante SP yesteday again failed to reach a quorum after only four councilors including acting Vice Mayor Sonny Escala attended the regular session.

It was the fourth time the SP did not have a session because it lacked quorum.

“Maybe they want the employees and basic services to be sacrificed,” Maravillas said.

Maravillas Fires Escalante Employees

Acting Escalante City Mayor, Vice Mayor Santiago Maravillas has started to steer the city hall.

Maravillas has terminated three executive assistants (EA) of suspended Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. citing their positions as “positions of trust and confidence.”

“Those EAs who are willing to work with me were retained,” he said.

He also said that he terminated several city employees..

“More termination will follow,” he told reporters in Bacolod City yesterday.

Maravillas is running as congressman for the First District in Negros Occidental.

‘Yap Will Be Exonerated’-VG Bong

An ally of Escalante City Mayor Melecio Yap Jr., believes that he will ultimately be exonerated from the case he was suspended for by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday commended Yap “for not resisting the suspension order and instead allowing the justice system to take its course.”

“I am wishing him well,” Lacson said.

Pressed if he thinks that politics is behind the suspension of Yap, the vice governor said, “It’s an overused alibi. What I think is Mayor Yap will be exonerated.”

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