govt center Mayor Evelio Leonardia (center) with the ASEAN delegation doing the traditional ASEAN handholding in front of the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.*

CA grants Leonardia
preliminary injunction

The Court of Appeals 18 th Division granted the writ of preliminary injunction sought by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia enjoining the Office of the Ombudsman and all persons acting under the authority of the Department of Interior and Local Government from implementing the Dec. 2, 2016 joint resolution of the Ombudsman that ordered his dismissal from service.

In granting the WPI, the Court, in its resolution dated March 22,signed by Associate Justice Germano Francisco Legaspi and concurredin by Executive Justice Gabriel Ingles and Associate Justice MarlynLagura-Yap, ordered Leonardia to file a bond amounting to P100,000.

On January 20, the Court of Appeals granted Leonardia a 60-day temporary restraining order enjoining the DILG from implementing the Dec. 2, 2016 joint resolution of the Ombudsman after finding his application for TRO meritorious. . moremoremore

Vindicated, allies say

Allies of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia expressed their elation yesterday when the injunctive relief he sought on the administrative case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against him and nine other incumbent and former city employees and officials involving a furniture case, was granted by the Court of Appeals.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said he is thankful for the result since these developments will bring normalcy to the operations of the city.

“We do not want to create chaos. With the way things are happening in Bacolod City, we don't want its progress and programs disrupted,” he said. . moremoremore


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No closure of
dolphin-watching tours

The Philippine Coast Guard in Dumaguete City has assured that it will not order the “closing down” of the dolphin- and whale-watching tours in Bais City and nearby towns, like Manjuyod, in Negros Oriental.

Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho gave the assurance as the Coast Guard Dumaguete Station, which she heads, conducted a dialog yesterday with tour boat operators in Bais City.

The dialog, attended by representatives from the Maritime Industry Authority, aims to discuss concerns with the boat operators and the salient laws that require them to have their sea craft duly registered.