DRUG RALLY About 17,000 participants joined the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking celebration at the Bacolod City Public Plaza yesterday* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

My conscience is clear
- mayor on OMB ruling

“My conscience is very clear. This case does not involve dishonesty at all. What is at question are merely procedures and technicalities,” Leonardia said.

“May I emphasize again, that, based on records, there was no overprice, all goods were delivered, there was no bad faith, and no conspiracy,” he said.

That was the reaction of Bacolod MayorEvelio Leonardia to the denial by the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayasof the three separate motions for reconsiderations he and nine other city officials had filed for lack of merit, in relation to the P50 million worth of furniture and fixtures purchased for the Bacolod City Government Center in 2008. moremoremore

SAP lifts boycott on Pepsi-Cola

Sugar Alliance of the Philippines leaders yesterday announced the lifting of their boycott on Pepsi-Cola products.

The announcement was made after they met with Samudra Bhattacharya, president of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc.,   who committed to his firm's buying more locally produced cane sugar over high fructose corn syrup, the SAP leaders said.

The meeting at the Peninsula Manila was arranged by sugar miller Jose Mari Chan, after the SAP leaders on June 19 announced a boycott of Pepsi Cola products for the firm's use of HFCS. moremoremore


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CHO: Dumaguete tops
dengue cases in NegOr

Dumaguete City registered the highest number of dengue cases with 25.2 percent during the first two quarters this year, City Health Officer, Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala, said yesterday.

Tala reported that Dumaguete had 155 dengue cases and zero fatalities for the period covering January 1 to June 10 this year, compared to the same period last year, with 124 cases.

She said Barangay Banilad topped the list with 71 dengue cases in January this year followed by Camanjac with 14, and Candau-ay with 13 cases. Poblacions 1 to 8 posted zero dengue cases for always maintaining clean surroundings indoor and outdoor.