SUNSET SILHOUETTES. Sunset at the Banago Port in Bacolod City* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Ombudsman dismisses
Valladolid VM, 7 others

The Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of former Mayor and now Vice Mayor Romel Yogore and seven other employees of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental for grave misconduct.

The charge of dishonesty against the respondents was, however, dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

Yogore could not be reached for comment as of press time but his lawyer,Rayfrando Diaz, yesterday said they would file an appeal before the Court of Appeals, and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. moremoremore

Painter gets life term
for selling shabu

A 39-year-old painter was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the sale of shabu worth P300 to a police poseur buyer.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Alexander Platon Tansingco, alias Oneball, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the sale of shabu.

Tansingco sold 0.021 grams of shabu to P02 Tony Hechanova in a buy bust operation atPurokCereza II, Barangay 27, Bacolod City, court records show. moremoremore


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Groups launch anti-death
penalty signature drive

Church-based groups of the Diocese of Dumaguete are going around getting signatures for a petition calling for the rejection of the proposed bill on the restoration of the death penalty in the Philippines.

William Ablong, president of the diocesan Council of the Laity and also the head of the Diocesan Organization of Renewal Movements and Communities, said yesterday they are targeting at least 20,000 signatures by the end of the week.

He said the signature campaign is coursed through the parishes in Negros Oriental and Siquijor, through the Parish Pastoral Councils and other church-based groups..