TIGWALO Secretary Judy Taguiwalo (left) with the cash cards beneficiaries and the Pamalakaya fisherfolk in Sagay City yesterday.*

Negros singing champ
faces rape raps in Cebu

The Cebu police filed a rape complaint against the Negrense grand champion of ABS-CBN's "Tawag ng Tanghalan" before the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office yesterday, Mabolo Police Station chief Jacinto Mandal confirmed last night.

Mandal told the DAILY STAR that Noven Belleza of Victorias City, Negros Occidental, was arrested by the victim's family in a citizen's arrest after he performed in the "Pusuan Mo si Vice Ganda" at IEC Pavillion in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City, shortly after midnight Sunday. Belleza did not resist arrest, he added.

He said they filed a complaint against Belleza for violation of Republic Act 5383, or the anti rape law, yesterday and it is up to the prosecutor's office to determine whether to pursue the case in court or to grant him bail. moremoremore

More coops filing
protest vs. NGCP

Electric cooperatives in Visayas are mulling the filing of a regional protest against the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for making them pay for power supply they have not used, Central Negros Electric Cooperative general manager SulpicioLagarde Jr. said yesterday.

Lagarde said they passed a unanimous resolution Friday to elevate the issue to concerned regulatory agencies, including the Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, and the National Electrification Administration.

There are 31 electric cooperatives plus two private distribution companies in Iloilo and Cebu under the Visayas Grid, he said. moremoremore


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Power situation in NegOr,
Visayas seen to improve

The power situation in Negros Oriental and other parts of the Visayas may improve in the coming days following the partial restoration of power in the Leyte grid that was devastated by the July 6 earthquake.

Michelle Visera, Corporate Communications regional officer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, yesterday said Dumaguete City and other parts of Negros Oriental may not experience rotating brownouts today as there is no advisory of manual load dropping.

For weeks now, other parts of the Visayas had to bear at least one-hour rotating brownouts following power supply deficit in the region due to the damaged Leyte grid..