MERGE CLEAN UP. Policemen joined this year’s Brigada Eskwela at Tandang Sora Elementary School in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.*

Alarm vs. voter receipts
found in garbage raised

The legal counsel of defeated mayoralty candidate Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and re-elected Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. expressed alarm over the discovery that voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) receipts, which were supposed to be in the custody of the City Treasurer’s Office, were found scattered in the compound of the Commission on Elections-Bacolod Field Office.

The VVPAT is considered to be an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow a voter to verify that the vote was cast correctly and to detect election fraud or malfunction.

Cesar Beloria yesterday said they found VVPAT receipts in the garbage bin outside the Comelec office. This can be considered an election offense and someone should be held liable. moremoremore

5 Peryahan outlets shut down

The National Bureau of Investigation shut down the operations of five Peryahan ng Bayan outlets in Negros Occidental following its simultaneous raids on Sunday.

Armed with search warrants, authorities swooped down on the five Peryahan branches in the cities of Himamaylan and Victorias, and the towns of Murcia, E.B. Magalona and Hinigaran for alleged illegal gambling operations, Renoir Baldovino, NBI Bacolod head, said.

The raids also led to the arrest of 36 persons who were manning the outlets, he said. They were charged for violation of Republic Act 9287, or the Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Games, last night before the City and Provincial Prosecutors’ Offices. moremoremore


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4 Neg. Or. bizmen eyeing
P4-million DOST funding

Four entrepreneurs from Negros Oriental yesterday initially got approval from the Department of Science and Technology VII to avail of the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP funding of P4 million.

These are Em’s Dress Shop owner, Imelda Sinagan, who pitched her project proposal on technology upgrading of embroidered apparel; Hazel Lynn Asignar of Ninang’s Kitchen, who proposed an upgrade for the efficient production of bagoong (sauce or paste made from fermented or salted fish), peanut butter, and chili sauce;

Virgilio Anqui Jr. of VL Motor Parts, who presented his project proposal on motor reboring technology; and Anna Priscilla Pareja of Rocklang Farm Ltd. Company, who defended her project proposal on the acquisition of basic farming machineries and introduction of efficient greenhouse farming technologies.