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Edith Colmo

NBI: No Leads Yet On Malabor Slay

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There is still no new leads to the ongoing investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the recent slay of Provincial Board Member Renato Malabor and his bodyguard, Butch Jumilla.

PBM Renato Malabor Former Isabela Mayor

Atty. Renato Garbo, NBI-Bacolod Chief assured however, that they are conducting their own thorough investigation on the case.

Earlier, Garbo said that the cartographic sketch of the suspect will soon be released.

He also said based on their investigation, aside from the lone gunman, there could be several look-outs posted in the area.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella together with newly installed Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod chief Lieutenant Commander Ramil Palabrica after the 2nd quarter regular meeting of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC).* (CMO-PIO photo)


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Vice Gov. Lacson Says No Evidence It Was Politically-Motivated

By Eugene Adiong & Edith B. Colmo

Members of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) increased the reward to P2.5 million for those who can lead to the arrest of the killer of SP Member Renato Malabor.

BACOLOD Mayor Monico Puentevella, celebrating his birthday today July 2, with guests in yesterday’s State of Booming Bacolod Address.*


The Provincial SP also unanimously approved in yesterday’s regular session the resolutions of SP Members Alain Gatuslao and Rolando Ponsica, extending sincere condolences to the families of Malabor, and Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan.

Gatuslao said they are extending their deepest and sincere condolences to the Malabor family for the untimely death of their brother in the legislative body.

Malabor was former councilor of Isabela, and a three-term mayor before he ran for provincial boardor SP.

Board Member Ponsica, meanwhile in his resolution also extends condolence and sympathy, to the family of the late Provincial Adminis-trator Enrique Pinongan who died of cancer on June 24, 2015.

He has served the province as provincial treasurer from March 1992 to December 2006, and became provincial administrator from January 2007 until June 2015. He has dedicated his time to the province with great loyalty and sincerity towards the welfare of the people of Negros Occidental.

Both resolutions were unanimously approved.

PP2.5-M REWARD. Vice Gov. Jose Eugenio “Bong” Lacson, as presiding officer of the SP, yesterday requested the members to add P500,000.00 to the initial P2 million from the Office of the Governor, as reward for anyone who could provide information that could lead to the arrest of the gunman in killing of Board Member Malabor and his bodyguard Leody “Butch” Jomillia on June 28.

Lacson said, this is to speed up the investigation and hasten the attainment of justice for the victim.

‘Malabor Was Warned’

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Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., said they had warned slain Board Member Renato Malabor to be careful as there was information that he is a target of hired goons.

Marañon yesterday that he is sticking to his statement that the killing of Malabor is “politically motivated”.

MINI-FOREST IN THE WORKS. Personnel of Metro Bacolod District Jail Female Dorm (MBDJFD) and Metro Bacolod District Jail with Special Intensive Care Area (MBDJS) led respectively by wardens Senior Inspector Ruth G. Estales and Chief Inspector Larry C. Fuentes (2nd and 3rd from left), gear for their tree planting spree June 29, 2015 at Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City in support of the 4th Community Relations Service Month celebration of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.* (Jimmy Britanico, BJMPVICRS)

Turn-over of snorkeling gears and kitchen equipment to Buhay Dagat Snorkeling Guides of Sagay Association and Suyac Island Eco Tourism Association (SIETAS) under the Department of Tourism Region VI Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB), formerly called BUB “Tourism Livelihood Assistance and Capacity-building to Community-based Tourism Associations in Sagay City”.

In photo are Sagay City Mayor Alfredo D. Marañon, III, Vice Mayor Narciso L. Javelosa, Jr. City Administrator Atty. Beethoven B. Fuentesfina, BUB Focal Person and CPDO Head Engr. Rodnel H. delos Reyes, DOT 6 BUB Project Evaluation and Monitoring Team Ma Reda R. Astronomia and Daff B. Binobo, Sagay City Information and Tourism personnel, Helen Arguelles-Cutillar and Jenalyn Lorenzo and members and officers of the two associations.*


“I see no other reason to kill him,” the Governor said, adding that he does not believe that the supposed alleged dispute is enough reason.

At the request of the Provincial Board, Malabor’s remains were at the Provincial Capitol last night during which a necrological service was held attended by Capitol officials and employees.

BACIWA Insists: ‘We Can Not Delay July 1 Bulk Water Bidding'

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Reacting to a Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution, asking the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) to postpone tomorrow’s July 1 bidding for the Bulk Water Supply project, BACIWA Interim General Manager Engr. Mario Macatangay of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) said they can not suspend or reset the July 1 bidding.

“This is because we are constrained by the provisions of Republic Act 9184, which is the government procurement law,” he said.”

Marañon Not Alarmed By Poe’s Survey Lead

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Despite the lead of Senator Grace Poe for presidential race as reported in the survey, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr is not shakened, and insist to support DILG Sec. Mar Roxas for the 2016 presidential race.

Poe over runs vice President Jejomar Binay in the said survey, followed by Davao Gov. Rodrigo Duterte as 3rd placer, and placed Roxas in the fourth place.