dwntown Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia writes on one of the “Boats of Dreams” as artist Charlie Co (left) and MassKara Festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit look on.*

Capitol wants P60M
down payment back

The purchase of P485 million worth of properties by the Negros Occidental provincial government in Brgy. Matab-ang, Talisay City, and Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City, for residential purposes and mixed-use development, is now in danger of not pushing through.

Negros Occidental Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairperson of the committee on Laws and Ordinances, revealed yesterday that owners of the land to be purchased by the provincial government may pull out from the contract, for failure to comply with the documentary requirements requested from them.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental has already paid a P60 million down payment for the purchase a 400,000 square-meter property of the C&C Agricultural and Development Corp. in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, at P260 million, and 250,000 square meters of property owned by Encar Agro-Development Corp. et al in Hacienda Minuluan-Panlilio in Brgy. Matab-ang, Talisay City, valued at P225 million. . moremoremore

Cauayan mayor dies

Cauayan Mayor Jerry Tabujara who had been suffering from a lingering liver ailment succumbed to multiple complications at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City at 4 a.m. yesterday, his son Vice Mayor John Rey Tabujara said.

The mayor was 68.

His son, John Rey, will succeed his father as mayor of Cauayan and is set to take his oath today.

John Rey's second cousin, Cauayan's first councilor Rico James Tabujara will assume the post of vice mayor. moremoremore


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‘No digging of spoilt goods
at Dumaguete dumpsite'

The head of the Environment and Natural Resources Office in Dumaguete has denied reports of scavengers digging for spoilt relief goods at the dumpsite in Barangay Candauay in the city.

ENRO chief Rossel Garcia Gutierrez issued her statement following reports and pictures posted on Facebook of sacks of foodstuffs such as noodles and canned goods that were purportedly dug by scavengers at the dumpsite recently.

“There has been no digging of spoilt goods by scavengers at the dumpsite as alleged,” she said in a text message yesterday. “As to Mr. Gallarde's pictures, I have no knowledge as to his source/s”, she added...