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They're crippling

What happened last Monday was unfortunate and was designed to clip the wings of governance, acting Bacolod Mayor Greg Gasataya said yesterday in reaction to the failure of majority of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to attend the special session.

Majority of the councilors allied with suspended Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella failed to attend the special session Monday requested by Gasataya to authorize acting City Administrator Goldwyn Nifras as co-signatory of checks issued by the city.

Only Councilors Em Ang, Caesar Distrito, Roberto Rojas and Archie Baribar showed up during the special session presided over by acting Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.moremoremore

Slain bizman died
from hemorrhage

The businessman, who was found dead at his residence at City Heights Subdivision in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, Thursday last week, died due to hemorrhage from multiple hack wounds on his head, results of an autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation showed.

Syrus Aluzan, special investigator of the National Bureau of Investigation told the DAILY STAR yesterday that six deep stab wounds were noted on the head of Nelson Palencia, 57.

Supt. Alexander Ermeo, chairman of the Special Investigation Task Group, said yesterday that the plate number of the white Toyota Fortuner Sports Utility Vehicle of Palencia was found at the Palanca Drive, Reclamation Area in Barangay 12, Bacolod, Sunday.moremoremore


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Bishop urges faithful to take
active stand against killings

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete yesterday urged the faithful to take an active stand against extrajudicial killings in Negros Oriental, and pray the Oratio Imperata, a special obligatory prayer that he had written specifically for the purpose.

He officially released and led the praying of the Oratio Imperata to End Extrajudicial Killings in the Diocese of Dumaguete, during the concelebrated mass at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in Dumaguete City, during the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

The Oratio Imperata, to be read in more than 40 parishes, chaplaincies and mission areas in the diocese, to include those in nearby Siquijor province, was drawn up, alongside a pastoral letter, to engage the public in supporting the campaign against illegal drugs. .moremoremore