Eugene Adiong

‘Greg May Face Charges on JOs Hiring’

Acting Bacolod City Mayor Greg Gasataya may face charges over the P31-million budget for the salaries of 3, 600 job order (JO) employees he hired.

Acting Mayor, Greg Gasataya

This developed after Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella questioned the hiring.

“Will the one-quarter budget amounting to P31 million be released only within one month?” Puentevella, chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance, asked.

Reports showed that the city government released P12 million last week, and another of the same amount this week, for the salaries of the JO workers.

City Budget Officer Victor Treyes said it has set aside P31 million for the one-quarter budget based on the 2015 re-enacted budget amounting to P1.55 billion.

The said budget is intended for the salaries of the JOs in all departments and offices of the city government while waiting for the approval of the 2016 budget amounting to P1.8 billion, Treyes said.

Deny Search Warrants vs. Montilla, Allies

Five politicians have requested the judges in Negros Occidental to “treat with extreme caution” and to deny any search warrants filed against five officials of different municipalities in the province.

The letter was sent by lawyer Roem Arbolado in behalf of five officials: former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña (now a resident of Moises Padilla/Magallon); Mayor Miguel C. Peña of Pulupandan; Mayor Enrique G. Montilla III of Isabela; Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo of Moises Padilla, and Vice Mayor Enrique Miravalles of Valladolid.

‘No Treasure in Kabankalan’

Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco appealed to the public not to believe the reports of hidden treasures in their city.

“There is no treasure in Kabankalan,” Zayco said.

Zayco made the appeal after three brothers died of suffocation inside a hole they dug in search of hidden treasures inside a purported tunnel.

Supt. German Garbosa, Kabankalan police chief, identified the fatalities as Danilo Nabas, 42, and his two younger brothers, Rolando, 40, and Reynante, 33, of Sitio (sub-village) Bugtong, Tan-awan village.

LP Endorsement for Local Bets Hangs

With no declared official candidates in Negros Occidental, will there be no endorsement from the Liberal Party (LP) come February 16?

Provincial LP chairman Manuel Escalante yesterday said to “just wait and see” on the said date as the LP national candidates will be in Negros Occidental led by Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo for a major rally in Bago City and Bacolod City.

Escalante said that province-wide half of the 31 mayors in the province are supporting the LP tandem.

“I assure you they will win by a landslide in Negros,” the former Manapla Mayor said.


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