DANCE BAN. Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez announced a ban on new open-pit mines yesterday, two days after she visited the Maricalum Mining Company open pit site in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Tuesday* ( Gilbert P. Bayoran photo )

DPWH to construct 311 classrooms in Bacolod

The Department of Public Works and Highways will implement the construction of 311 classrooms in 32 public elementary and high schools in Bacolod City before the year ends, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.

          Gasataya said Bacolod City is a recipient of P1.138 billion worth of classrooms from the Department of Education for 2017.

          He said the types of classrooms to be constructed will vary from regular ones, to IT laboratory, workshop, and science laboratory.moremoremore

High-value drug target
nabbed in Silay

The former number 1 drug personality of Silay, and now considered a high-value target, and eight others were nabbed in a buy-bust operation at an abandoned building in Barangay 1, Silay City, in Negros Occidental, at about 4 p.m. yesterday, the police said.

Arrested were Alain Gamboa, of Barangay 1 in the city, and eight others, whose names were not yet available, as of press time.

Supt. Willy Diel, Silay Police Station chief, said yesterday that Gamboa, who had been tagged as number one drug personality in Silay, had surrendered on July 7, 2016, at the height of the PNP Oplan Tokhang. moremoremore


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Ex-Tanjay mayor, two others rapped for graft at Sandigan

MANILA – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the indictment of former Tanjay City Mayor Lawrence Teves of Negros Oriental and two others for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, before the Sandiganbayan.

            Also charged were Sangguniang Panlungsod members Jose Orlino and Steve Teves.

            The graft case arose from the barangay projects riddled with procurement anomalies.

            In the report of the Commission on Audit, several red flags were observed in the implementation of infrastructure projects undertaken in barangays Obogon and Sto. Niño for the construction of footsteps.