MERGECHANGING SKYLINE. The Ayala mall construction behind the Capitol in Bacolod City is changing the background of the imposing view of the seat of power of Negros Occidental in Bacolod City.* (CPG photo)

OMB orders Monico,
others to answer raps

The Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas has ordered Former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella and four other city officials to file their counter-affidavits and other controverting evidences in the criminal and administrative casesagainst them involving the purchase of a P12 million road grader, that is not operational.

The case was filed by Sammy Montoyo Sr., a Save Bacolod Movement member, on Nov. 28, 2017 against Puentevella, General Services officer Jerome Solinap, former members of the Bids and Awards Committee Ma. Agueda de la Torre, Maximo Sillo, and Ephraem Hechanova for the purchase of a road grader for the City Engineer’s Office.

The order dated January 5 signed by acting director Euphemia Bacalso gave the respondents 10 days to file their counter-affidavit and other controverting evidences upon receipt of the order, after finding enough basis to proceed with the criminal/administrative investigation of the cases.moremoremore

Con-com votes to adopt
federal-presidential form

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee, which is tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, voted yesterday to adopt a presidential federal form government as among the constitutional revisions, its Negrense member, Arthur Aguilar, said last night.

A total of nine members present voted in favor of the federal-presidential system, that was proposed by Con-com member Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr.

Aside from Pimentel, those who voted for a federal-presidential form were Con-com chairman and former chief justice Reynato Puno, Antonio Arellano, Virgilio Bautista, Roan Libarios, former Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Randolph Parcasio, former Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, and Laurence Wacnang.moremoremore


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‘Basyang’ leaves P9.1-M
in crop losses in NegOcc

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist recorded P9.1 million worth of damage in rice and high value commercial crops in Negros Occidental due to typhoon Basyang that hit the province early this month.

Based on its final report on crop damages, OPA recorded a total of P9,186,626.45in damages in the seven cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, covering an area of 964.94 hectares in 47 barangays, and affecting 1,049 farmers.

The record showed that Bago City, that has the biggest rice areas in the province, incurred the highest losses in rice crops worth P4,254,900, covering 411.40 has. of 338 farmers in 19 barangays.