Bing Councilors Renecito Novero, Caesar Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his wife, Elsa and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran (l-r) being welcomed with fanfare by city employees*


Bing back at NGC,
names key officers

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Mayor Evelio Leonardia returned yesterday to the Bacolod City Government Center and named his key officers before getting down to work.

Aside from City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan and City Administrator John Orola, who were earlier named, Leonarda also introduced Rodel Parcon, Edward Joseph Cuansing, Joemarie Vargas, Supt. Armando Tobongbanua, Senior Supt. Celestino Guarra, Marivic Canada, Moises Dela Cruz, Federico Guanzon, Butch Soliguen, Sammy Montoyo, Ed Ravena, Edwina Javier, Vicente Petierre Sr., Benjie Torre, and Vanessa Encabo, after a mass attended by employees and their supporters who came in red shirts.

The Mayor, together with his partymates under Grupo Progreso, then visited every department and office at City Hall where they were welcomed by city employees who prepared food and decorated the hallways of NGC and their offices with red balloons. moremoremore

Release of P42M
check questioned
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The transition team headed by Modesto Sa-onoy is questioning the issuance by the previous administration of a check amounting to about P42 million to a supplier for the K to 12 program speech laboratory for the Department of Education in Bacolod City.

Sa-onoy said the check issued on June 29 to Nikka Trading was already released and received by the payee. If they had accepted the amount this would have gone through the bank.

It would have been encashed if not for one missing and final decision which is the “notice to allow the check,” he said. moremoremore

 

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IN NEGROS ORIENTAL
‘Number 1 pusher'
killed in shootout
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE & JUDY F. PARTLOW

The alleged number 1 drug pusher in Negros Oriental was killed during an anti-illegal drugs operation yesterday morning in Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City, where about P350,000 in suspected shabu and illegal drugs paraphernalia were seized.

The fatality was identified as Lito Entera Belandres, alias Lito Paye, who police say originally hailed from Cebu City and has “unverified connection” with the alleged drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, who also died in a police operation in Las Piñas, Metro Manila, recently.

An initial police report said that at around 8:15 a.m., police operatives served a search warrant against Belandres at his residence in Purok Mansanitas, Sitio Canday-ong in Barangay Calindagan.