LIGHTS ON. The lighting ceremony for the 30-foot Christmas tree, themed “Circus Crush”, of SM City Bacolod, was led by Mayor Evelio and first lady Elsa Leonardia, and other city and mall officials, last night in Bacolod City* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)
RAPIZ’S KIN BREAK SILENCE
‘He was murdered’
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
He was murdered.
This was the conclusion aired by the family of the Supt. Santiago Ylanan Rapiz, who was buried noon yesterday at a memorial park in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, without being accorded full military honors, despite the service he had rendered to the Philippine National Police for 30 years.
Ramos’ wife debunks land
grabbing, gambling claims
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The wife of slain human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos and a progressive organization in Negros Occidental expressed dismay over claims of the Philippine National Police that illegal gambling and land grabbing issues are among the possible motives for his killing.
Clarissa Ramos, wife of the slain lawyer, said they were angered by the statement of the police that her husband was getting an alleged share from beneficiaries and his clients, and was involved in land grabbing farmer’s cases.“We have gathered information that Ramos also provides legal assistance and counsel for farmers involved in forced land occupation and land grabbing, receiving alleged share. This infuriated the landlords and legitimate land beneficiaries,” Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, regional police director of Western Visayas, had said in an earlier statement.
COA: All Negros LGUs pass
incomplete set of books
BY MARK L. GARCIA
All the towns and cities in Negros Island, including the two provincial governments, received a qualified audit opinion from the Commission on Audit for passing incomplete set of books to the agency for the compilation of the 2017 Annual Financial Report.
COA records released last week showed that the 13 cities and 19 municipalities of Negros Occidental, and the six cities and 19 municipalities of Negros Oriental were noted with a qualified or modified audit opinion from COA, which means that they either had incomplete set of books, some subsidiaries are in the form of management letters, had complete set of books of accounts but no financial statements submitted as of the deadline set by the agency or by the league/federation of local government units and local elective officials.This is based on the COA Memorandum No. 2014-011 released on Oct. 21, 2014.