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Judge finds lawyer
guilty of falsification

A Bacolod Municipal Trial Court in Cities judge has found a Bacolod lawyer guilty of falsification of a public document.

Bacolod MTCC Branch 6 Judge Karen Joy Tan-Gaston, in her January 28 decision, found Georgiana H. Hilado guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of falsification of public instrument in violation of the Revised Penal Code, and sentenced her to imprisonment of 2 years and four months as minimum to six years as maximum.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by her brothers, Felipe Antonio and Ramon Hilado, who said the lawyer, who is a retired public attorney, falsified the signatures of their parents. moremoremore

‘Espenido still
enjoys Duterte’s trust’

President Rodrigo R. Duterte still trusts embattled Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, former deputy city director for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), despite the latter’s supposed inclusion in the government’s drug watch list, Malacañang said yesterday.

In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte was convinced that Espenido is “clean” and would never get involved in illegal drugs.

“Lt. Col. Espenido continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President. PRRD believes that the reports of his alleged involvement in prohibited drugs are untrue,” Panelo said. moremoremore


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Noceco rates continue to drop

The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative reported a continuous drop in its power rates this February.

Jonas Discaya, general manager of Noceco, said the new residential rate for this month is P9.2273 per kilowatt hour (kWh), from P10.3451 per kWh in January, or a decrease of P1.1178.

The drop in the electricity rates this month was due to the P0.8588 per kWh decrease in the generation charge, from P5.5471 to P4.6883 per kWh, he said.