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OMB junks landfill raps
vs. 13 Bacolod officials
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas dismissed the criminal and administrative charges filed against 13 Bacolod City officials and department heads involving the alleged illegal purchase by the City of Bacolod of a 7-hectare property owned by the Dynasty Agricultural Corporation (DAC) in Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City for solid waste disposal facility.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said that, according to the Ombudsman, there is propriety and reasonableness in the purchase of the property to be used for a sanitary landfill. This means that proper procedure was followed and also because the case, that had been refiled, had already been dismissed in 2010.

The case was filed by the Investigative Field Office (IFO) against Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, executive assistant Eduardo Ravena, City Agriculturist Goldwyn Nifras, former councilor and now Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora, former City Engineer Teresita Guadalupe, Noel Impresso of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), former City Treasurer Annabelle Badajos, Environment and Natural Resources Office head Max Silo, City Treasurer Ricardo Dahil-Dahil, City Planning and Development coordinator Lemuel Reynaldo and Department of Public Services assistant department head Efren Canlas. moremoremore


‘Duterte’s firing Leni, no surprise’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte’s firing of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs yesterday comes as no surprise, Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon and former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said.

“I saw it coming all along. Leni has finally got her answer as to whether the administration would be ready for her,” Buzon said.

“They have grossly underestimated her and now she has become a threat and an embarrassment to the administration. It just shows that the administration is not as sincere and serious in solving the drug problem as Leni is,” the bishop said. moremoremore

 

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IRR on salary increase
of WV workers out soon
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the new wage increase for workers in the Western Visayas are expected to be out soon, labor leader Wennie Sancho said yesterday.

Sancho, who is the labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Western Visayas, and secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said the board will meet on Wednesday to finalize the IRR on Wage Order No. 25, that will grant private sector workers in the region a salary increase ranging from P15 to P30.

He added that the wage increase will take effect tomorrow.