SIMBANG GABI SIMBANG GABI. Catholics packed the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City yesterday for the start of the dawn masses that end on December 24.* ( Andy Alvarez photo)

Greg holds off hike
in real property tax

Acting Bacolod Mayor Greg Gasataya yesterday said he will instruct the City Treasurer and other departments to implement the old rates in the collection of real property taxes based on the opinion of the City Legal Officer that they have strong legal basis.

Gasataya said this was in response to communications sent to them by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Association, the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association-Negros Occidental chapters, and the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other taxpayers in relation to the implementation of the new rates imposed by suspended Mayor Monico Puentevella when he was still in office.

MBCCI president Frank Carbon said they wrote Gasataya  appealing to him to issue an executive order that will allow them to pay their taxes based on the old rates and not based on CO No. 08-14-700 so that they can avail of the 20 percent discount. moremoremore

junks raps vs. Bing

Saying that  “it fell short of the required quantum of evidence to support an indictment or a finding of administrative guilt against respondents,"  Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales threw out a complaint for alleged graft against Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and eight other officials of his administration when he was still mayor, and two officials of private companies. 

 The case, for alleged administrative and criminal liabilities in the procurement of garbage receptacle bins, spare motor parts, and other supplies in 2007 and 2008, was filed by broadcaster Franklin Villanueva, a known follower of suspended mayor Monico Puentevella.

 “The allegations concerning most of these transactions are deemed too unspecific to justify a finding of administrative guilt or an indictment against respondents,” the decision penned by graft investigation and prosecution officer Maria Corazon Vergara-Naraja dated January 22, 2015, said.moremoremore


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Bais fireman yields
10.54 grams ‘shabu'

A Bais City Fire Station fireman is in hot water after a search at his residence yielded suspected illegal drugs, paraphernalia and cash, believed to be proceeds from the illegal drugs activity.

Fire Officer 3 Arnol Maicom Saycon, elder brother of Negros Oriental Provincial Board Member Melliemoore Saycon, was charged for violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

A composite team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, the Provincial Intelligence Branch, Special Operations Group, Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bais City PNP, swooped down on the residence of Saycon in Talavera Street, Barangay Talungon, Bais City, Dec. 14, to serve the search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 45 Judge Candelario Gonzales.moremoremore