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Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella is questioning why he was presented only one nominee when he is supposed to choose a replacement for Lawrence Villanueva, chairman of the Board of Director of the Bacolod City Water District, whose term expires on December 31.

Puentevella yesterday said he wrote Baciwa a letter asking about the other three nominees. He claimed that director/Board secretary Marichi Ramos disqualified the three others and only recognized Villanueva.

“I think I am the one supposed to choose by law but only one was recognized. The Board should have given me four nominees to choose from,” he said. moremoremore

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Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista yesterday said more investors in the sugarcane industry are expected with the participation of the Department of Trade and Industry in the preparation of its 2014 to 2024 roadmap for development.

The DTI’s Board of Investments sponsored a Visayas Stakeholders Consultation on the sugarcane roadmap for 2014-2024 at the Planta Hotel in Bacolod City attended by industry stakeholders yesterday.

This is the first time that the DTI has gotten involved, which is significant because now the sugarcane industry will be included in its road shows for investors here and abroad, she said. moremoremore

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6 meted life for drugs

Six persons, including the son of a prominent family in the province, were sentenced to suffer life imprisonment for violation of the anti-drugs law by the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Negros Oriental.

RTC Branch 30 Judge Crescencio Tan Jr., in his decision, found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of selling 26.09 grams of shabu, in violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Convicted were Mark Lorenz Ho Solon and Adams Guivelondo Cuevas Jr.; Roger Cuizon Tigas for selling 23.34 grams of shabu to a police-poseur buyer and for possession of 203.82 grams of shabu in 46 sachets; Simoun Manabu Equipado Shirai for 0.06 gram of shabu, and Shiela Mae Ramos Rebante and Kevin Anton Monsalud Auxtero for the sale of 5.59 grams of shabu.

All were sentenced to life imprisonment and a maximum of 14 years behind bars, and fined P500,000 each for selling and P400,000 for possession of shabu.