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Nietes extends reign
AS LONGEST FILIPINO
WORLD BOXING CHAMPION

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Big names from sports, entertainment, business and politics witnessed the demolition by Donnie Nietes, Nonito Donaire, and Albert Pagara of their respective foes in Pinoy Pride 30 Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The biggest victor of the night was Negrense Donnie Nietes, who extended his reign as the longest Filipino world boxing champion with a technical knockout win against Mexican Gilberto Parra after nine rounds of action to keep his World Boxing Organization light flyweight belt.

Cautious in the early rounds, Nietes bided his time as he systematically defused the threat that was Parra with crisp jabs and overhands before finally knocking him down in the 8 th round with a powerful right.moremoremore

More hit wage hike,
mgm't bares option
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Another labor group slammed yesterday the P11.50 daily minimum wage hike granted for Western Visayas, while management said they should explore the productivity side of the compensation package to boost incomes.

“We condemn the latest P11.50 wage increase granted by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board. The increase is equivalent to one slice of ginamos (shrimp paste). It is an insult to the workers and their families,” Ian Evidente, National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno Region 6 coordinator, said yesterday.

Wennie Sancho, RTWPB-6 labor representative and General Alliance of Workers Association secretary general, earlier said “Wage Order 22 is a document of oppression because it perpetuates the poverty of people. It is not even enough to buy a small bottle of mineral water.”.moremoremore

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Ombud urged to probe P13-M
NORSU internet subscription
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Resigned president of the Negros Oriental State University, Don Vicente Real, has asked Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to investigate what he believes to be a questionable transaction in the procurement for subscription of internet and other online services through fiber optic backbone in the province.

He told the Ombudsman that the procurement costing P13,742,400 was done through direct contracting without approval from the Board of Regents of the Negros Oriental State University, Real said. It was not included in the Annual Procurement Plan of CY 2012, and was in violation of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and RA 9299 or the NORSU law, he added.

Real also asked Morales for the status of the cases filed against him by a certain Cipriano Trajano Jr. .moremoremore