Guv Marañon Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (4th from left) with Negros Occidental Board Members Rolando Ponsica, Pedro Zayco, and Miller Serondo, OIC Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Anthony Liobet, Negros Occidental High School principal Mario Amaca, and OIC DepEd Regional Director Ma. Gemma Ledesma (l-r) cut the ribbon during the turnover of the three-storey building* (Richard Malihan photo )

I'm a victim: Monico
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Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday said he believes that he is just a victim of politics since the graft case involving overpriced computer packages was filed against him eight years ago.

Puentevella said that under the justice system, if no case has been filed against a person within three years, it should be dismissed on the grounds of speedy disposition.

This was his reaction to the resolution of the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division order ing his preventive suspension for 90 days, effective immediately.moremoremore

Sugarcane industry gets P2B,
Albee pushing for P10B more


Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said for the first time P2 billion has already been allocated in the 2016 national budget for programs to boost the sugar industry, and he is pushing for an additional P10 billion for farm to mill roads.

The Department of Public Works and Highways has savings of P33 billion from this year's budget and he is asking that P10 billion be used for farm to mill roads in sugarcane areas around the country, Benitez said.

Meanwhile, the national government allocated P2 billion for the sugar industry in its 2016 budget as stipulated in Republic Act 10659 or the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, authored by Benitez. moremoremore


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A lawyer was shot dead in broad daylight yesterday morning after attending a court hearing in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, officer in charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said Ramon Elesteria, was on his way to his car when he was shot at close range twice in the chest, and in the head while he was already on the ground, by a lone gunman who fled after the shooting.

He said Elesteria, who retired as head of the Public Attorney's Office, was in Bayawan City yesterday as counsel for an accused in a drug case hearing. He was seen conversing with another lawyer on his way out of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63, presided over by Judge Ananson Jayme, and was shot before reaching his car. .moremoremore