BING About 3,500 Grupo Progreso leaders and supporters show their support for Mayor Evelio Leonardia as he delivered his “Address to the People of Bacolod” at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center yesterday on the Ombudsman's resolution on the furniture and fixtures case.*


4 murder cases filed
versus Negros solon

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Criminal cases for four counts of murder and one for frustrated murder were filed against Rep. Melecio Yap (Neg. Occ., 1 st District) and 13 others before the San Carlos Regional Trial Court Friday.

No bail was recommended in the murder cases approved for filing by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Laurrie Layne Cristobal, in a consolidated resolution, said the cases stemmed from complaints of extra judicial killings in Escalante City, committed against supporters of former Escalante Mayor Santiago Barcelona, a political opponent of Yap. . moremoremore

It's business as usual,
Bacolod mayor assures

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

It's business as usual in the City of Bacolod.

This was the assurance of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday to his supporters and the people of Bacolod City to dispel rumors that the operation of the city has been paralyzed following the Ombudsman's joint resolution ordering his dismissal together with nine others for their alleged involvement in the P50 million furniture and fixtures case in 2008.

Leonardia said they had filed their Petition for Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction with the Court of Appeals to the Ombudsman's joint resolution ordering his dismissal along with nine current and former city officials after finding them guilty for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty involving the alleged illegal procurement of furnitures and fixtures for the government center. moremoremore

 

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Classes suspended as rains
inundate Dumaguete, NegOr
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Heavy rains since early yesterday triggered flooding in Dumaguete City and other parts of Negros Oriental, causing authorities to deploy rescue teams and resources as residents also kept watch over rising waters in rivers and even in low-lying areas.

As the day progressed and the situation got worse, Gov. Roel Degamo issued a directive anchored on Section 2 of Executive Order 66 that suspended classes at the pre-school, elementary and high school level across the province.

Adrian Sedillo, executive officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, also announced that work in government offices was likewise suspended but it was discretionary on the part of the private sector..