colorful COLORFUL. The Manjuyod town performer's at the recent Negros Oriental Buglasan 2017 Festival of Festivals in Dumaguete City.* ( Randy Millares photo )

Vice governor's test
negative for drug use

Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson tested negative for the use of illegal drugs yesterday morning.

The vice governor subjected himself to a drug test at the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City following the accusation of jailed Bacolod barangay captain Manuel Huelar in a sworn affidavit that he is a drug user.

“I had a chance to meet up close Bong Lacson, whom to me , is a rabid drug user as shown in his demeanor, appearance and bodily movement , all of which characterize a person affected with methamphetamine and its side effects,” Huelar said in his affidavit. moremoremore

OMB denies Puentevellas
ukay-ukay MR with finality

The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by former mayor Monico Puentevella and his son, Rocky Anthony Puentevella, after upholding its earlier decision finding them administratively liable for simple neglect of duty and grave misconduct, respectively.

The administrative case was filed against them by former councilor Carlos Jose Lopez involving the alleged illegal operation of the ukay-ukay (used clothing) business at the Bacolod Public Plaza in 2014.

The Ombudsmanhad earlier dismissed the criminal charges filed by Lopez on Oct. 30, 2014 against the former mayor and former Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. president Rhoderick Samonte in the case docketed as Omb-V-C-15-0154. moremoremore


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Crop production losses
now at P21.5M – OPA

Crop production losses in five towns and cities of Negros Occidental are now at P21.5 million, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist records released yesterday showed.

A progress report of OPA submitted to the office of the governor yesterday said the value of crop losses increased from P15,557,622.25 to P21,503,509.13, as reports from two local government units - Bago City and Moises Padilla - were included.

In Bago, P5,641,894.50 worth of crop damage in 347.35 hectares of rice areas in the city's 11 barangays was recorded, affecting 184 farmers..