former mayor bail
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
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.
‘Stop real estate tax hike'
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
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.
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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.