MERGE The ballot boxes and the election paraphernalia that were in the custody of the court were returned yesterday to the election officer and municipal treasurer.*

‘Time to move on’
Irene says, but Malabor files recount appeal

ISABELA – The battle is not yet over for former mayor Joselito Malabor of this town as he is appealing the decision of the local court on the vote recount that upheld the win of Mayor Irene Montilla, who said: “it’s time to heal wounds, and move on.”

Lawyer Jose Max Ortiz, counsel of Malabor, said the notice of appeal was filed yesterday before the La Carlota Regional Trial Court which will send the motion to the Commission on Elections en banc for review.

The legal department of the poll body is expected to review the court decision in the next two to three months, then they will decide whether or not they will sustain the outcome of the votes, he said. moremoremore

Priest, cop injured in accidents

A priest and a policeman were among the four victims of vehicular accidents on Thursday in Escalante City and Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

PMSgt. Joy Malaque was on his way to the Toboso Police Station, on board a police vehicle, with two civilian passengers identified as Jotham Villaflor and Onyl Maglasang, when they were hit by a Mitsubishi Fuso truck, in Sitio Ubas, Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City.

The Escalante police investigation showed that the Fuzo truck, while descending from a curved portion of the highway, collided with the Toboso police patrol vehicle, which was running in the opposite direction. moremoremore


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DOLE turns over P7.1M in assistance
for ‘temporary’ workers in 5th district

Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment led the turnover of P7.1 million worth of assistance for “temporary” workers in the Fifth District of Negros Occidental at the DOLE provincial office in Bacolod City Thursday.

Bello was joined by DOLE Region 6 Director Cyril Ticao, Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo, and Nicole Jacinto, who represented her mother, Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo-Lesaca (Neg. Occ., 5th District).

The beneficiaries came from the 27 barangays of the six local government units in the district ― Himamaylan City, Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla.