colorful GETTING READY. The Bacolod Public Cemetery at Burgos Street being spruced up for All Souls Day and All Saints Day next week.* ( Carlo L. Leonardia photo )

NBI nabs 5 for forging
notarized documents

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed charges against five persons nabbed in an entrapment operation while in the act of forging thesignatures of two Bacolod lawyers and notarizing affidavits for a fee, Renoir Baldovino, NBI Bacolod agent-in-charge, said yesterday.

Complaints for falsification of public documents and usurpation of authority or official functions in violation of the Revised Penal Code were filed against the five before the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office, and they underwent a preliminary investigation yesterday, Baldovino said.

He identified the five, who were arrested Wednesday, as Eden Sales-Gamboa, Sherilyn Dumdum Flores, Ma. Concepcion Peraren-Longno, Ronnie Paubsanon Longno and Genefredo Pormento Gemina of Bacolod City. . moremoremore

dismisses Iloilo mayor

lloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is now barred from serving in government following his dismissal by the Office of the Ombudsman, that found him “guilty of serious dishonesty relative to his unlawful acquisition of wealth.”

The order approved by Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang on Oct. 6, came with the cancellation of Mabilog's civil service eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and prohibition from taking civil service examinations.

The dismissal stemmed from the complaint filed by former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada for dishonesty and grave misconduct in 2013. . moremoremore


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150 flower, candle vendors
secure permits in Bacolod

About 150 flower and candle vendors in Bacolod City secured special permits from the city government in preparation for the celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day next week, executive assistant Ernesto Pineda said yesterday.

Pineda, who has been designated by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia as head of Task Force All Saints Day, said he met Tuesday with all agencies concerned, like the Bacolod City Police Office, Traffic Management Unit, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, City Treasurer's Office, Permits and Licensing Division and the Department of Public Services to discuss preparations. .