MERGE CRAFT. Pottery-making is a bustling household industry in Brgy Cervantes, Escalante City, Negros Occidental.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

3 ballet teachers sued
for ‘abusing’ students
School owner faces 5 counts of rape

More charges were filed against a ballet school owner and his two female dance instructors before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday for the alleged abuse and molestation of their three teenage female students.

Three complaints for violation of Republic Act 7610 (S pecial Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act), were filed against the ballet school owner, who is also a dancer and choreographer, and his two female dance instructors.

However, the names of the respondents were withheld to protect the identities of their alleged victims. moremoremore

Albayalde aborts Negros visit

Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, aborted his scheduled visit and exit call yesterday to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, as he relinquished his post as PNP chief, and goes on “non duty status”.

Albayalde was scheduled to attend the traditional flag ceremony at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, and meet with Negros police commanders, as he bids farewell to the organization he has served for more than three decades.

But i n his speech after the flag ceremony at Camp Crame, Albayalde said he would go on a non-duty status (NDS) effective Oct. 14. moremoremore


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22 WV planners train
on cultural mapping

Twenty-two local development planners and implementers in Western Visayas recently attended a training of trainers on cultural mapping, conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority in Western Visayas and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in Iloilo City.

Ro-Ann Bacal, director of NEDA Region 6, said the training aims to create a core set of regional trainers on cultural mapping, adding that the participants also included the provincial tourism officers from Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo, and the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo.

She emphasized that the preservation and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural assets is now a development priority in the Philippine Development Plan and the Regional Development Plan.