TEACHERS STREET USE. Drying of rice grains on the streets of Brgy. Mailum, Bago City, continues to be practised, being the least expensive way to do it.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Sandigan grants
former mayor bail

Former Bacolod Mayor Luzviminda “Joy” Valdez, who has been at-large after being charged for the complex crime of malversation of public funds through falsification of official and public documents, before the Office of the Ombudsman, may now post bail.

This was after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, in its decision promulgated on Oct, 10, a copy of which sent to the DAILY STAR, recalled the “no bail” recommendation of the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with criminal cases Nos.SB-14-CRM-0321,0322 and 0324.

Instead, Associate Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta said that an order of arrest in the cases should be issued anew, this time, fixing the bail for each offense charged in the amount of P200,000.moremoremore

‘Stop real estate tax hike'

Negrense businessman Eduardo Alunan, who was elected yesterday to the national Board of Governors of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, is calling on Bacolod City officials not to increase the city's real estate taxes.

“I wish to appeal to our local government not to increase real estate taxes because it will hurt socialized, low cost and economic housing,” he said.

This will affect pricing since developers hang on to inventories for several years before everything is sold, he added..moremoremore

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‘Bantay Bayanihan' Visayas
assessing peace, security

Ranking officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and key civil society leaders met for the Bantay Bayanihan Visayas Cluster meeting early this week in Dumaguete City.

The meeting was to discuss peace and security issues and local assessments in the Visayas cluster, Marrietta Jambora, its lead convenor, said.

Some provinces in regions 6, 7 and 8 in the Visayas have already been declared “conflict manageable and development ready” and are now comparing notes on how they are faring, she added. moremoremore