SAGAY UNDERWATER. These sea creatures are actually performers from the Sinigayan Festival of Sagay City that bagged the second prize in the Festival Dances Contest at the Panaad sa Negros in Bacolod City Saturday.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Ombudsman dismissal of
Lopez changed to fine

The Office of the Ombudsmanmeted former Bacolod councilor Carlos Jose Lopez the penalty of dismissal from service together with its accessory penalties, after finding him guilty of grave misconduct in the case filed against him by the Ombudsman Field Investigation Office.

The administrative case for grave abuse was originally filed by former Bacolod mayor MonicoPuentevella on June 3, 2014 against Lopez for issuing truck ban exemptions to certain truck companies and individuals operating within Bacolod City.

The Ombudsman, said that in the event that the penalty of dismissal can no longer be enforced due to respondent's separation from service, the same should be converted into a fine in the amount equivalent to respondent's salary for one year, payable to the Office of the Ombudsman, and may be deductible from respondent's retirement benefits, accrued leave credits, or any receivable from his office. .moremoremore

Montilla faces raps
at Sandiganbayan

Mayor Oscar Montilla of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday said it was the Ombudsman's faultthat he did not immediately suspend several local government officials, which has led to the filing of charges against him in the Sandiganbayan.

Reports from Manila said Montilla was charged for graft for delaying the suspension of his local government officials without legal basis in 2008.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor filed before the Sandiganbayan one count for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against Montilla for alleged manifest partiality, evident bad faith, and gross inexcusable negligence when he delayed the Ombudsman Visayas' suspension order for negligence against Evangeline Seneres, Eva Sabusap, Fernando Balhin, Noel Villanueva, and Renato Manilla. moremoremore


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Dumaguete to receive
DILG child friendly seal

Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental, has qualified for the conferment of the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance of the Department of Interior and Local Government for calendar year 2016.

DILG-Dumaguete chief Farrah Gentuya said yesterday the seal is given to local government units that were able to generate positive programs and services for the welfare of the children.

Dumaguete City was rated in all aspects compliant to mandatory requirement of laws pertaining to budget allocation for children, and the presence of local laws that protect or promote children's welfare, Gentuya said.