FIRE WINNER. Tribu Kasagingan was the overall champion at the Barangay Bata, Bacolod City, 60th anniversary celebration yesterday.*(Ronnie Baldonado photo)

DPWH tells contractor
to stop Buri road work

The Department of Public Works and Highways has stopped work on the Honorata Manalo Road (formerly Buri Road) after Mayor Monico Puentevella asked for the "immediate stoppage" of its rehabilitation works, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

However, residents of Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Friday had called on the DPWH to finish the improvement of the Honorata Manalo Street (formerly Buri Road) to end their agony with the present condition of the road.

If the DPWH and the city have problems in terms of process or protocol, they should resolve it, Mandalagan Kagawad Aaron Abao said at a Sangguniang Panlungsod and Public Works hearing. moremoremore

‘Diaz resigned
for self-interest'

The resignation of City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz ll as a matter of "agreement" between him and Mayor Monico Puentevella to personally serve the latter and in preparation of the forthcoming election, is surely of a "selfish" purpose putting self-interest above public service.

This was the reaction of former city legal officer Joselito Bayatan yesterday after Diaz announced that he is resigning as CLO effective yesterday.

Diaz said this had been agreed between himself and Puentevella, who will announce his replacement tomorrow.moremoremore


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5 NegOr cops in hot water
for human rights violation

Commission on Human Rights Negros Oriental field investigator, Jess Cañete, said he believes that human rights violations were committed by five policemen and a civilian in the arrest and detention of a drug suspect in Dumaguete City December last year.

He identified them as Senior Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, Police Officer 3 Sarito Ongy, PO2 Marvin Buenaflor, PO1s Retoni Jun Escala and Ricknie Briones, and civilian Jun Phalex Acabal. The suspect was named as Romeo Amoma Jr., 32, of Barangay Taclobo in Dumaguete.

Possible charges recommended by Cañete before the Military Ombudsman include the violation of Article 24 of the Revised Penal Code for arbitrarily detention, violation of Republic Act 7438, for their alleged failure to observe the rights of Amoma under custodial investigation, RA 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and for alleged planting of evidence, under Section 29 of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. .moremoremore