Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) belts out a song at a concert to mark his return to the People's House (Bacolod Government Center), surrounded by family, supporters and partymates.*
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will implement a re-organization at City Hall upon his return to work today after having fully served the 90-day preventive suspension meted him by the Sandiganbayan 4th Division in the graft case filed against him by the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas.
The graft case stemmed from the alleged purchase over overprized IT computer packages worth P400,000 each amounting to a total of P26 million funded under his Priority Development Assistance Fund when he was yet congressman of Bacolod City.
A mass at the People's House (Bacolod City Government Center) was offered yesterday by Puentevella, his MKK partymates and councilors, members of his family and supporters for his return to City Hall on Valentine's Day.
A police officer escaped an assassination try in front of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos at Lizares Street in Barangay 40, Bacolod City, at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday.
Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, Jr., 41, assigned as chief of the Human Rights Office of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and, at the same time the head of Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, was not harmed because he ducked behind his silver Hyundai Accent car.
Santotome told the DAILY STAR that he had just alighted from his car, which he parked in front of the university, when he saw a man, who was driving a black motorcycle and was wearing a “half-face” helmet, approach him, and pull something from his waistband.
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PNP simulated bomb threat
scenario held at EDC plant
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental held a simulated exercise on a bomb threat scenario at the geothermal power plant in Valencia town Wednesday.
The simulated exercise (SIMEX), conducted at around 11:25 a.m. at the geothermal power plant in Barangay Malaunay, Valencia town, is part of the inspection of the PNP Directorate for Police Operations-Visayas, headed by Police Director Orlando Domingo Ualata of the Public Safety Forces, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, officer-in-charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said.