BAILES DE LUCES RENOVATION. The Kadiwa Center that houses the Negros First Hostel at the Capitol area in Bacolod City has been fenced off for renovation* (Andy Alvarez photo )

DOJ clears bank manager,
others of money laundering

The Department of Justice has cleared a Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. former bank manager based in Bacolod City and his 88 co-respondents of all cases filed by state-run Philippine Insurance Deposit Corp.

The DOJ in a resolution dated Nov. 29, 2016, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday, reinstated its resolution dated Sept. 11, 2015, and the resolutions dated Jan. 14, 2014 and Dec. 3, 2014 of the Department of Justice – Task Force on Financial Fraud (DOJ-TFFF) ordering the dismissal of all complaints filed by PDIC against RCBC-Bacolod branch manager Andrew Jereza, spouses Manu and Champa Gidwani, as well as 86 other respondents.

The DOJ ruled that there is no sufficient evidence to indict spouses Gidwani and their co-respondents for the charges filed against them . The Justice Department also cleared Jereza and all respondents for violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, a press statement from the respondents said. moremoremore

Grant SSS pension hike,
seniors appeal to Duterte


The Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of Bacolod   City, that has 25,000 ID-bearing members, yesterday passed a resolution calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his campaign promise to grant a P2,000hike in their Social Security System monthly pension.

Seventy-one chapter presidents voted for the passage of the resolution that they will send to Malacañang next week, FSCAB president BasilisaAtienza said.

Atienza said the P2,000 pension hike is badly needed by the elderly, especially those who currently receive only P1,500 a month. moremoremore


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Degamo denies reports
of ‘new' criminal cases

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday vehemently belied reports circulated by his detractors that he is facing another set of 11 counts of criminal cases before the Sandiganbayan allegedly filed by Negros Oriental Board Member Jessica Villanueva.

Degamo said these are just resurrected and recycled issues, which the Court of Appeals had already decided in his favor after reversing the Ombudsman suspension order last year.

Degamo said these are practically the same cases filed against him by June Vincent Gaudan before the 2013 elections and which had hibernated for two years and resurrected before the elections in 2016...