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‘Calatrava Coal Can Fuel a Power Plant’ Deposit Good for 30 yrs.

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SAN CARLOS CITY - The head of a coal multi-purpose cooperative said coal deposits in Calatrava town in northern Negros Occidental can run a coal-fired power plant to produce electricity.


Some 124 families became homeless after a fire broke out at 11:45 yesterday morning and razed several houses in Purok Katilingban in Brgy. 39, Bacolod City.

The fire quickly spread because ma-jority of the houses were made of light materials and there were difficulties on the part of Bureau of Fire Protection firefighters as they cannot penetrate the area immediately.

No casualties were reported and initial estimate of damages was placed at P2 million.

The incident was covered live by DYAF Radyo Veritas Global Bacolod anchormen/re-porters Chito Berjit, Rommel Pido, Rey Alejandrino, Malou Flejoles and Leroy.* (Chito Berjit)

Martin Cui, chairman of Calatrava Coal Multi-Purpose Cooperative told NDB new boilers (in new coal-fired plants) can be fueled by low grade coal just like what is being mined in Calatrava.

"The old model (of boilers) requires high grade coal but new ones with high pressure boilers only require low grade. Existing coal-fired plants that are old require high grade coal. New models only require low grade in order to operate and produce power," Cui also said.

Graft Charges vs. La Castellana Officials Dismissed

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For lack of merit, the Ombudsman Visayas dismissed the anti-graft and corrupt practices and dishonesty charges filed by Vice Mayor Felix Feria against Mayor Alberto Nicor, Jr., SB Secretary Patricio Estoya, Jr, municipal treasurer Jacinto Potato, municipal accountant Joelette Borromeo, and municipal budget officer Joeselita Ordaniel.

Pulupandan Municipal Police Station is one of the awardees of the "Most Citizen Friendly Police Station 2014" award (Municipal Category) in the entire Region VI but the only one in the Province of Negros Occidental (municipal level), during the 20th National Crime Prevention Week Celebration held at Freedom Grandstand Iloilo City with this year theme "Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang Tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan". The award was given by PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan, PNP Regional Director PRO6 and Atty. Marte S. Palomar, Director, NAPOLCOM Regional Office 6. Receiving the award during the ceremony held yesterday, September 1, 2014, was PSInsp. Allan J. Reloj, the Chief of Police of Pulupandan, PNP.*

The decision was penned July 25, 2014 by Corazon Arnado-Carillo, Graft Investigator and prosecution officer 11; approved by Conchita Carpio-Morales, Ombudsman.

The case stemmed from the alleged falsified minutes of special session dated December 31, 2012 thereby approving Ordinance 2012, appropriating the amount of P3,867,770.76 as the general fund covering supplemental budget no. 3, where there was no actually a special session on that date. That respondents Potato and others only conspired with respondent Nicor, and the fund came from the calamity fund.

However, in his counter affidavit support by co-respondents, Nicor showed the notice of special session for December 31, 2012 with signature of Feria, as well as his attendance during the said session. also, Nicor showed the documents that the amount was sourced from the retained earnings of the municipality, in the amount of P6,204,408.65, enough to cover the lacking amount for the cash gifts of municipal employees which amounted to P3,867,770.76. Nicor also narrated that the case was politically motivated because the complainant did not question when receiving the cash gifts.

While respondents Potato and Ordaniel cited the statement of income and expenses of the municipality duly audited by the Commission on Audit (COA), certifying the surplus or retained earnings for 2011.

Rape Case vs. Himamaylan SPM Filed Today

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Charges against a member of the City Council of Himamaylan City for allegedly raping a minor house maid on several occasions in the last two years are set to be filed today.

BROADCASTERS PLANT TREES. The Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) held a simultaneous tree planting activity nationwide. KBP Negros Occidental chapter conducted its own at Spar 19 in Barangay Bunga, Salvador Benedicto (SalBen) town Saturday morning, joined by representatives of radio stations DYAF Radyo Veritas Global Bacolod, DYWB Bombo Radyo, DYHB RMN, DYVS Sweet Voice of Salvation, TV station ABS-CBN, UNO-R Mass Communications student-volunteers and DENR foresters Hadji Piansay and Alexis Ligayo. Planted were almost a thousand seedlings of fruit-bearing and other tree species. The event was in line with the KBP Week Celebration and was led by KBP Negros Occ. Chapter chairman Jopy Plotria of i FM, ABS-CBN Bacolod station manager Leilani S. Alba & reporter Meneil Lopez, DYVS’ Joy Q. Pastoral, DYWB Bombo Radyo manager Mary Divine Grace Cuello, KBP’s Bert Pabulayan & Bombo Daniel Lecciones, among others.* (More photos on Page 5 - Jun Gaton / Pasiplat photos)

Supt Antonieto Cañete, Himamaylan City PNP chief said the Himamaylan Police is filing today the charges against the Sangguniang Panlungsod member he did not name.

However, in interviews with the teenage victim, her sister and her father over radio stations Aksyon Radyo and Bombo Radyo, they alleged that the suspect is Councilor Harry Sian.

The victim also narrated in separate interviews what she went through while working in the councilor’s household.

Himamaylan PNP chief, Supt.Cañete said the sworn affidavist of the victim is now ready. The case should have been filed Friday but the Himamaylan City Prosecutor was absent, he said.

Cañete said, they went to the Kabankalan City Prosecutor’s Office but they were told they have no jurisdiction.

Now, 17, the victim disclosed in interviews the she was raped since she was 14 years old.

From then on, she was raped by the suspect on several occasions especially when they are all alone or even if there were people outside the suspect’s room.

The suspect would tell her to either bring him food, or clean his room. When inside, she got abused.

Just recently she was even abused inside the suspect’s car even with her sister in the back seat, infront of a bank in Binalbagan town.

Army Announces Recruitment for New Applicants

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Three categories of examinations will be conducted by the Philippine Army Recruitment Center Office for Visayas of the Army Personnel Management Center. It will facilitate the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB), Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) and Special Written Exam (SWE) to qualified applicants for Officer Candidate Course (OCC) and Officer Preparatory Course (OPC).

MUTYA BEAUTIES AT PEOPLE’S HOUSE. Bacolod City Executive Assistant IV Rocky Puentevella (5th from left) and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya (beside him) pose with the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas in a courtesy call yesterday at the Bacolod People’s House.Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 winners.

From left to right, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner Up Ms. Kim Fyfe, Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities Ms. Patrizia Bosco, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 Asia Pacific Ms. Eva Psychee Patalinjug, Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism Glennifer Perido and Mutya ng Pilipinas 1st Runner Up Cristine Racel.** (CMO-PIO photo)

AS IN THE PAST. About an hour of heavy downpour yesterday afternoon strands many people and disrupts some businesses in flooded Bacolod City streets. Others take off their footwear and wade through the waters, while vehicles and motorcycles run slowly. These were some of the images during heavy rains, showing the area near Hernaez-Locsin Streets.* (Edith B. Colmo / Alein Gazo photos)

Indian National Shot Dead

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An Indian national engaged in lending business was shot dead at Purok Acacia-Boulevard, Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City past 12:00 noon yesterday.

Supt. Rosauro Francisco, Silay PNP chief identified the victim as Nilmarjit Singh, 35, married and presently residing at Estancia Subdivision, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

He sustained gunshot wound in the left chest and was rushed to Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in the city but did not make it.


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