MERGE A mini “Lakbayan” kicked off in northern Negros yesterday to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Escalante massacre that left 21 dead and scores injured in Escalante City, Negros Occidental.*


‘One Visayas’ all set
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Officials from Western, Eastern and Central Visayas are converging in Metro Manila tonight for the “One Visayas” launching, Rep. Arnulfo “Arnie” Teves (Neg. Or., 3rd District) said yesterday.

Joining the launching are the congressmen, governors and mayors of the three Visayan regions, Teves said, adding that he expects close to a 100 percent attendance.

Negros Island officials are also set to join the launching.

“The agenda will be mainly on how we can work together for the economy of the Visayas,” he said. moremoremore


Sandigan acquits Lopez
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Seventh Division of the Sandiganbayan acquitted former councilor Carlos Jose Lopez of the criminal case for three counts of usurpation of official functions filed by former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella against him in 2014, after finding the prosecution evidence insufficient to hold him liable for the crimes.

In its decision promulgated on May 28, the Sandiganbayan granted the demurer to evidence filed by Lopez where he claimed that the letters that were used as truck ban exemptions, were not directive but merely recommendatory since he knew that he had no authority to issue them.

The decision signed by Associate Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta, chairperson, and concurred in by Associate Justices Zaldy Trespeses and Bayani Jacinto, also ordered the release of the cash bond posted by Lopez, and set aside the August 1, 2017 hold departure order issued by the court against him. moremoremore

 

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RDC nod sought on special area
for agri development in NegOcc
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Provincial Development Council is seeking the endorsement of the Regional Development Council of the vegetable production areas at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon, at the Canlaon-San Carlos City boundary, to be one of the Special Areas for Agriculture Development of the Department of Agriculture.

This is the “Rice and Road” program, that aims to boost vegetable production in Negros that the PDC has approved and will be submitted to the RDC meeting today in Capiz, Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.

The resolution was passed in a closed-door executive committee meeting, led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., at the Governor’s Office Monday, Carbon said.