PUPILS Pupils of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Elementary School in Bacolod City use notebooks and books to cover their heads during the nationwide earthquake drill held yesterday* ( Thereza Junio photo)

Ombudsman suspends
Puentevella for 1 month

Lopez wants penalty converted to fine

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella was ordered suspended for delaying the administrative suspension of two city building officials, the Office of the Ombudsman announced on its website yesterday, with only 9days left in his term.

In its decision also posted on Manila-based media websites yesterday, the Ombudsman found Puentevella guilty of simple misconduct and ordered him suspended for one month and one day.

Puentevella, when asked for his reaction, told the DAILY STAR in a text message “ If I get suspended for one month to give another human being, a mere employee, 15 days furlough to celebrate xmas with his family, so be it. Doesn't bother me. I can sleep well.” moremoremore

7 Ceneco directors filing MR

Central Negros Electric Cooperative president Arnel Lapore yesterday said they will file a joint motion for reconsideration tomorrow on the 90 days suspension meted them by the National Electrification Administration.

NEA ordered the suspension of Lapore and directors Paul Lizares, Joyce Martha Cuenca, Michael Maravilla, Vicente Tan, Robert Javellana and former directors Michael Maravilla and Zenaida Lacson as its action on the administrative complaint filed by Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. whom the directors had dismissed from service.

Lagarde filed an administrative complaint against the respondents before the NEA Administrative Committee on March 10, 2015, with prayer that “an order be issued removing the respondents from their posts in Ceneco, with an order disqualifying them from running in any Ceneco elections or any appointment to any position in the cooperative.” moremoremore


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‘Negros Island ideal
as agri-agro center'

The battle for supremacy in the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan is set to commence, with two vacant seats for representatives of the Liga ng mga Barangay and Philippine Councilor's League-Negros Occidental, expected to be filled next month.

The term of Board Member Mark Cui, who represents the Liga ng mga Barangay, and Board Member Raul Rivera, who is the representative of PCL-Negros Occidental, to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, will end on June 30.

Cui, who was elected as councilor of San Carlos City, said yesterday that they will hold an election today, to determine his successor at the provincial council, following the death of his vice-chairman, Victorias City Liga president Alexander Palanca, who was supposed to take over his seat at the SPmoremoremore