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Answer P50M Basoc raps, Ombudsman orders mayor

After finding enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the charges against him, the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has ordered Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to answer within 10 days the complaint for alleged malversation and technical malversation of the P50.5 million funds of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee.

This was stated in the order of Acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, Rodolfo Elman, dated Sept. 12, 2014, a copy of which was made available to the media yesterday, on the case filed against Puentevella when he was yet a congressman, and was chairman of the BASOC on November 2005, when Bacolod City co-hosted the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.

The complaint had been filed by Bacolod resident Sammy Montoyo of the Save Bacolod Movement..moremoremore

SP holding tax hearing

The Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Finance has set another public hearing today for the proposed ordinance updating the schedule of market value of real properties in Bacolod City at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall.

Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya yesterday said “Let us listen to the proposals and sentiments of our taxpayers.”

The private sector should be involved in coming up with a more realistic and reasonable schedule of fair market value of real properties in the city and ensure that the economic activities and investments will not be hampered, he said.moremoremore


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Guv refutes bizman's claim
of ‘lagging' Negros Oriental

Governor Roel Degamo refuted claims of Eduard Du, president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry, that the province lags behind others in Region 7, and that Siquijor is better off than Negros Oriental.

If this is so, businessmen in Negros Oriental would have invested more in Siquijor, Degamo said, adding that, in fact, patients from Siquijor are brought to hospitals in Dumaguete City, they send their children to universities in the province, they do their marketing here, and the like.

“It appears that it's only the interest of the businessmen that is being presented by Mr. Du,” Degamo said, referring to the former's statements during the consultative forum on the proposed Negros Island Region, held in Dumaguete City, October 25.moremoremore