Arman Toga


Top Campaigners of Mayors Montilla & Peña Shot Dead

The campaign managers of reelectionist Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla III and of former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno “Magsie” Peña, both members of Prominent Families in Negros Occidental was shot dead past 4PM yesterday in Moises Padilla town.

Magdaleno “Nonong” Grande, 54, of Moises Padilla, died on the spot when about five young men fired at him while his group was having a campaign sortie in Sitio Coyaoyao, Barangay Inolingan, in the said town.

‘Negros Resorts Lack Lifeguards’

Resorts in Negros island, either public or private, lack lifeguards and lifesavers, according to the president of a non-government organization advocating water safety.

Engr. Arne Navarra, president and chief executive officer of Philippine Life Saving (PLS) said the situation in the resorts of the island is that “there is no lifeguard (those who scan potential dangers in water and land) and no lifesavers (those who respond to emergency situations - supporting the lifeguards, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation and emergency care.”

‘Tension Still On at Escalante City Hall’

“It is not true that there is no tension here at Escalante City Hall! It’s still on!”

This was the text message yesterday from Ranie Macadato of the City Accounting Office, incharge of the accounts of 21 barangays in Escalante, refuting the statement of Acting City Mayor Santiago Maravillas saying otherwise.

DENNIS MARAVILLAS, son of and executive assistant to Acting Escalante City Mayor Santiago Maravillas, inspecting the personal file of OIC City Accountant Joan Ester Pancho.*

Ledesma Farm Manager on Disallowed Entry ‘They Should Have Asked Permission’

The manager of the farmlands of Rep. Julio Ledesma IV in San Carlos City explained that they did not allow the entry of a convoy of vehicles, with Board Member Rolando Ponsica, acting Escalante Mayor Santiago Maravillas and Prov’l Capitol employees as passengers, “because they did not ask permission from us.”

Mariano Antonio Cui III, manager of the Gamboa Hermanos Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative that manages the sugar farms of Ledesma, told Negros Daily Bulletin “it is basic courtesy that when you enter a private property, you need to ask permission from its owners.”

Cauayan’s Tabujara: ‘I’m Not Bed-ridden’

Cauayan town Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara yesterday belied reports being spread in the town that he is bed-ridden or that he already expired.

Tabujara, who is running for mayor in the May 9 election, in an interview with media last night said after 19 years of being mayor and vice mayor of Cauayan, he is still alive and kicking and able to serve Cauayanons for more years.

While eating ice cream during the interview, the town vice mayor said he is reaching out to his supporters not to believe talks that he is bed-ridden.