tribe HARVEST TIME. Cauayan, Negros Occidental, residents drying their copra on the highway.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Sandigan junks graft case
versus Leonardia, 8 others


The Sandiganbayan junked the graft case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and eight others in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of P49-million worth of furniture and fixtures in 2008.

“The criminal case was dismissed in consideration of the constitutional right of innocence. The ground of inordinate delay encompassed such right,” City Legal Officer JoselitoBayatan said yesterday.

The dismissal, however, mentioned the issue of prejudicial question in connection with the earlier decision of the Court of Appeals also dismissing the administrative complaint in that the merits in the administrative case may be considered by the Sandiganbayan, he said. . moremoremore

Rice supply enough,
but prices rising

Negros Occidental has adequate supply of rice, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Marianito Bejemino, NFA-Negros Occidental provincial manager, assured yesterday.

Negros Occidental as of Monday had 1.4 million bags of rice, enough to meet the needs of the province for 16 days, Bejemino said.

He also pointed out that rice harvesting is ongoing in the province, especially in southern Negros, and that will further boost thesupply of the province. .moremoremore


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PHL inflation at 3-year high

MANILA - Inflation in the Philippines last month hit its highest level for more than three years due to President Rodrigo Duterte's new tax measures and poor weather, the economic planning agency said yesterday.

Inflation in January 2018 rose to an annualized 4.0 percent, the highest since the 4.3 percent posted in October 2014, the National Economic and Development Authority said.

Duterte in December signed a tax reform law known by its acronym TRAIN and aimed at raising funds for his massive spending program for new roads, railways, ports and airports...