shark OATHTAKING. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (right) administers the oath of office to the newly-elected Philippine Councilors League-Negros Occidental Chapter president, Valentino Miguel Alonso of Kabankalan City, that was witnessed by Mayor Jose Benito Alonso of Pontevedra, yesterday.*

Neg. Occ. dengue
hits epidemic level

Dengue cases in Negros Occidental have surpassed the epidemic threshold with 3,431 this year, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer, said yesterday.

There have also been 16 deaths in Negros Occidental and 8 in Bacolod City this year.

The Negros Occidental Sanggunian yesterday approved the allocation of P2 million to be used in the fight against dengue.

Tumimbang said that while dengue cases have hit the epidemic level, there is no need to declare an epidemic since the deaths have not reached 1 percent, and lately the number of cases have been dropping. moremoremore

Death toll rises, too

The deaths in Bacolod City caused by dengue rose to eight as of Thursday.

The virus claimed the life of another 6-year-old girl from Barangay Singcang, Bacolod City on August 25.

Other victims include two girls aged 2 and 3 years old from Brgy. Singcang, a 4-year-old boy from Brgy. Villamonte, a 6-year-old girl from Brgy. 10, two boys aged 2 and 3 from Brgy. Bata, a 3-year-old girl from Brgy. Singcang,and a 10-year-old boy from Brgy. 35. .moremoremore


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CA finds Degamo guilty
of simple misconduct


The Court of Appeals has recently found Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo administratively liable for simple misconduct in a case in 2012 and meted him the penalty of suspension from office for one month and one day to six months.

However, the penalty against him may no longer be imposed, with his re-election in 2013.

“Consequently, the pronouncement of the CA in our Resolution promulgated June 23, 2016 granting the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order maintaining the status quo ante of the parties is hereby made permanent,” said the 19-page decision, penned by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz and concurred in by associate justices Normandie Pizarro and Samuel Gaerlan...