Mayor Bing Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia addressing his supporters after a thanksgiving mass at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.* ( CGS photo )


Bing seeks
TRO for 9 others, too
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Bacolod Mayor EvelioLeonardia yesterday said he is hoping that nine other former officials and employees will also be granted the temporary restraining order they are seeking since his heart bleeds for them, because he believes they are innocent individuals.

He said the nine others included in the case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman involving the furniture and fixtures for the Bacolod City Government Center filed separate petitions last week since they have different legal issues because they are appointive, while he is elected.

Leonardia said he hopes he will not have the obligation to serve the dismissal order of the Ombudsman to them. “How I wish it will be the Department of Interior and Local Government that will implement the order,” he said. moremoremore

Baby dies in fire
BY GILBERT BAYORAN & SHIELA GELERA

A three-month-old baby girl died, after her home was razed by fire yesterday in Brgy. 3, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, Senior Fire Officer 2 Jereck Barbas, officer-in-charge of Pontevedra Bureau of Fire Protection, said.

The fatality was identified as Cyfel Dema-ala, who was sleeping in her crib while her mother, whose name was not disclosed, was washing clothes outside their house, Barbas said.

Initial investigation showed that the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit in the ceiling fan, Barbas said, adding that they were conducting further investigations.
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Dumaguete reports zero
casualty after flooding
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Despite incidents when flood waters breached the banks of Banica River and inundated homes due to continuous heavy downpour last week, no casualties were reported based on the report of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Dumaguete City.

Quick response teams evacuated dozens of residents and continuously monitored the flood prone barangays on direct orders of Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, who also led clearing operations of the spillways that were clogged by trash and fallen trees causing a surge of flood waters inundating several residences and mass housing project sites, a press release from the city said..