Escala Former Barangay Captain Florenio Escala was among those subpoenaed to appear before the Ombudsman's investigators*

Projects non-existent,
signatures forged, too

TOBOSO – Have millions of pesos been lost to ghost projects in the first district of Negros Occidental?

This was the question raised after more barangay officials, this time in Toboso, Negros Occidental, yesterday denied having received projects allegedly distributed in the district of Rep. Julio Ledesma (Neg. Occ., 1 st District). The Toboso barangay officials also said their signatures acknowledging receipt of the projects implemented from 2009 to 2010 were forged.

Barangay officials in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, over the weekend also said their signatures had been forged and that they had not received soap and candle making livelihood projects. They also said the alleged recipients of the projects were non-existent. .moremoremore

Four schools in south
get bomb threats

A bomb threat through a text message, led to the suspension of classes in three schools in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, yesterday afternoon, that later turned out to be a hoax, the police said.

The threat was sent to the dean of student affairs of Fellowship Baptist College, whose name the police withheld, Supt. Rhea Santos, officer-in-charge of the Kabankalan Police Station, said yesterday.

The unidentified texter, who claimed to be a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said they will simultaneously blow up the FBC, Kabankalan Catholic College, Kabankalan National High School, and Southland College, Santos said. .moremoremore


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Negros Island Region18 is pushing to be the new renewable energy capital of the Philippines, or possibly in the entire Asia, Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Ed Du, said recently.

He said Negros Oriental already has 18 megawatts of solar energy in Bais City but the focus is on geothermal because of a large deposit in the Southern Negros Geothermal Project.

Du said he strongly believes the proposed expansion of additional 60 megawatts of power in Palinpinon will boost the island's competitiveness in terms of power supply in the near future, to attract more investments and hopefully, it will be cheaper than Cebu, Iloilo and even in Mindanao. moremoremore