MERGE Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca (3rd from left) filed his CoC for reelection yesterday, and gets the endorsement of Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, gubernatorial bet Eugenio Jose Lacson, and vice gubernatorial candidate Jeffrey Ferrer (l-r), who are also filing their CoCs today* (Dino Acuña photo)


Comelec expects
full house today
Arroyo-Lesaca filing CoC: Paduano
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

It will be a full house at the Negros Occidental Commission on Elections office in Bacolod City this morning with the majority of candidates for provincial and congressional posts set to file their certificates of candidacy, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

Except for the fifth district, no changes in the list of provincial and congressional candidates are expected in the five other districts of Negros Occidental.

Former Kasanga Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo-Lesaca, the sister-in-law of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is definitely filing her CoC for congresswoman of the 5th district this morning, Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) said yesterday. moremoremore


Former Cadiz mayor
faces jail term

MANILA – A former mayor of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, is facing a five-year jail term for violation of the law on security of tenure in connection with his failure to reinstate several city hall employees in 1999.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found former Cadiz City Mayor Eduardo Varela guilty of Section 4 of RA 6656, or “An Act to Protect the Security of Tenure of Civil Service Officers and Employees in the Implementation of Government Reorganization”, in relation to Section 10 of RA 6656.

Aside from the jail sentence, the anti-graft court also ordered Varela to pay a PHP5,000 fine. He was also perpetually barred from holding public office. moremoremore

 

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Negros seaports served
3.8M passengers in 2017
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Seaports around the Negros Island have accommodated 3.85 million passengers in 2017, the Philippine Statistics Office records showed.

Based on the records posted by PSA on its website Friday, it said that seaports in Negros Island had served 3,849,238 passengers last year, with 2,606,553 in Negros Occidental and 1,242,685 in Negros Oriental.

The PSA Domestic Trade Statistics in the Philippines: 2017 also said that the country had 39,891,098 seaport passengers last year, with 4,058,244 in Western Visayas and 5,690,881 in Central Visayas.