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Edith Colmo

DENR: ‘Cardinal Sin’ if Buildings are Allowed for Business in Protected Areas

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"Once a place is identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as protected area for the national greening program, it is a cardinal sin to allow construction of building for business purposes."

Thus said DENR Region 6 director Jim Sampulna at the presscon yesterday. He said, the protected area should not be allocated for other activities. The purpose of protecting a certain area is to maintain biodiversity of the place. DENR will not issue a permit to whoever moneyed individuals if the business is to be set up in the protected area.

Sipalay Folks Fear Soil Erosion of Quarry

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Residents in Brgy. Nabulao, Sipalay City have aired their complaint to the Office of the Governor of Negros Occidental, regarding quarrying in their place.

According to Atty. Jose Valencia, Provincial legal officer and concurrent executive officer of Task Force Ilahas, Bantay Dagat and Task Force Bato, he summoned some members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Sipalay, and some residents to discuss the problem raised by the residents. He has also sent a team to verify the situation.

HRV Claims at Onyok Velasco Gym Today

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Processing of claims for human rights violations (HRV) during the Marcos regime resumes today, September 3 at the Onyok Velasco Gym, instead of the new government center where it was held previously.

Councilor Archie Baribar who previously handled the processing of documents, has relegated the task to other trustee.

Talisay SP Bans Video Recording of Sessions

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Video recording of the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Talisay City, Negros Occidental was banned unless with prior approval and authority by the SP. This is enforced by virtue of a resolution authored by Hon. Charles Benedict Lacson, during the regular session in August 13, 2014, stating therein, resolution disallowing the video recording of the SP session starting August 30, 2014, until prior approval and authority is granted by the SP.

Graft Charges vs. La Castellana Officials Dismissed

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For lack of merit, the Ombudsman Visayas dismissed the anti-graft and corrupt practices and dishonesty charges filed by Vice Mayor Felix Feria against Mayor Alberto Nicor, Jr., SB Secretary Patricio Estoya, Jr, municipal treasurer Jacinto Potato, municipal accountant Joelette Borromeo, and municipal budget officer Joeselita Ordaniel.

Pulupandan Municipal Police Station is one of the awardees of the "Most Citizen Friendly Police Station 2014" award (Municipal Category) in the entire Region VI but the only one in the Province of Negros Occidental (municipal level), during the 20th National Crime Prevention Week Celebration held at Freedom Grandstand Iloilo City with this year theme "Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang Tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan". The award was given by PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan, PNP Regional Director PRO6 and Atty. Marte S. Palomar, Director, NAPOLCOM Regional Office 6. Receiving the award during the ceremony held yesterday, September 1, 2014, was PSInsp. Allan J. Reloj, the Chief of Police of Pulupandan, PNP.*

The decision was penned July 25, 2014 by Corazon Arnado-Carillo, Graft Investigator and prosecution officer 11; approved by Conchita Carpio-Morales, Ombudsman.

The case stemmed from the alleged falsified minutes of special session dated December 31, 2012 thereby approving Ordinance 2012, appropriating the amount of P3,867,770.76 as the general fund covering supplemental budget no. 3, where there was no actually a special session on that date. That respondents Potato and others only conspired with respondent Nicor, and the fund came from the calamity fund.

However, in his counter affidavit support by co-respondents, Nicor showed the notice of special session for December 31, 2012 with signature of Feria, as well as his attendance during the said session. also, Nicor showed the documents that the amount was sourced from the retained earnings of the municipality, in the amount of P6,204,408.65, enough to cover the lacking amount for the cash gifts of municipal employees which amounted to P3,867,770.76. Nicor also narrated that the case was politically motivated because the complainant did not question when receiving the cash gifts.

While respondents Potato and Ordaniel cited the statement of income and expenses of the municipality duly audited by the Commission on Audit (COA), certifying the surplus or retained earnings for 2011.


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