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Arraignment Case vs. Puentevella Called Off

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City Administrator Rolando Villamor and Atty. Ralph Sarmiento said over the weekend that the supposed arraignment of Mayor Monico Puentevella will not push through on April 15, 2015.


Lin-ay sang Isabela, Karla D. Panganiban (left) and Lin-ay sang San Enrique, Airrah Mae S. Trigue were awarded Muse of the Media and Lin-ay nga Maabilidad, respectively, during the Lin-ay sang Negros Press Presentation and Skills Competition held at Robinsons Place Bacolod last Saturday. The Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant Night is scheduled on April 17, 2015 at the Panaad Stadium, as part of the weeklong Panaad sa Negros Festival.* (Richard Malihan photo)


Provincial Environment Management Officer lawyer Wilfred Ramon Peñalosa talks to 25 candidates for Lin-ay sang Negros pageant on their roles as faces and ambassadresses of PEMO for its environmental advocacies starting with its partnership with the Lin-ay Organizing Committee for integrating an environment component into the pageant.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

In a press conference last Friday, April 10, Sarmiento said the legal team of Puentevella has filed a motion for reconsideration and 2 motions to travel abroad last April 6. The latter will be for the mayor to travel to Las Vegas for the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega bout on May 2 (May 3, Philippine time) where he was invited by the Saranggani Congressman to be with his team.

The other is a scheduled trip to Singapore set for Friday next week, and these will be “more or less approved”, said Sarmiento.

He added that the motions were heard in the morning of April 10. The court gave the office of the prosecutor 5 days to file their comments, and the hearing for the motion was set on May 14, 2015, making the original arraignment date to be called off by the Sandiganbayan.

Panaad Sa Negros Festival 2015 Opens Today; Sec. Mar Roxas to Grace Opening Ceremonies

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The 22nd Panaad sa Negros Festival officially opens today at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, with Dept. of Interior and Local Government


Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II

(DILG) Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as guest of honor.

The ceremony kicks-off with a motorcade and floats parade at 3 p.m. from the Provincial Capitol Grounds passing through the main streets of Bacolod going to the Panaad Stadium.

The opening program will start thereafter, Negros Occ. Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will give his welcome address, followed by the raising of banners to be led by Negros Occ. Board Member Patrick Leonard Lacson and Festival Executive Director, Dr. Ma. Lina P. Sanogal together with the mayors of the 32 towns and cities of the province.

Cop’s Daughter Wins Talent Competition for Pana-ad Lin-ay 2015

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Bacolod City - Airrah Mae Trigue, representing the municipality of San Enrique in Southern Negros Occidental, was declared winner in the talent competition of the Lin-ay Sang Negros 2015 as preopening activity of the 22nd


Airrah Mae Trigue, Lin-ay of San Enrique

Panaad Sa Negros Festival held over the weekend at the Robinson’s Place, Bacolod.

Airrah is the daughter of a policeman and a student of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod in BS Tourism who bested the other 25 beauties.

The talent competition dubbed “paindis-indis sa kinaadman” with its theme, basura ko himoson ko. Hence, all contestants showed their skills and talent in recycling, reusing and reproducing garbage materials as solid waste management to protect the environment.

Airrah utilized the discarded plastic spoons and bottles to reproduce it into a chandelier.

Other imposing recycled garbage were the wall decor of Miss Silay City - Jannica Ofamen Barbasa, out of discarded plastic glasses and spoons formed into a big prawn pasted on the board as wall decor. Miss La Carlota City Gillene Lico, used garbage paper, softdrink cover, plastic straws, styro foam, and a lot more to project the sugar central, sugarcane farm, city hall, and other products arranged in a board for a wall decor.

Miss Moises Padilla Ma Nena Balagtas, just cut the plastic bottles in flower design and heated it to create a corrogated design, and mounted in on the other part of the plastic bottle which serves as vase forming an awesome flower arrangement.

Ms. X’s Body, Another Found in Southern Negros Occ.

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Police authorities in Binalbagan town are investigating the identity of the body found in a sugarcane field in the said town and of another person’s body discovered in La Castellana last Friday.

In Binalbagan, the body of what appeared to be a woman was found in advance state of decomposition about 12:30AM at a sugarcane field in Brgy. Enclaro. The victim was wearing a gray-colored jeans, black jacket and blouse, a lady’s wristwatch and bracelet. It was found by farm workers who were about to harvest their crop approximately 20 meters away from the highway.

Gepes Posts P150K Bail Bond

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Arturo Gepes, stenographer/administrative staff of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Bacolod City has posted a bail bond amounting close to P150,000.00 for his temporary liberty, regarding the robbery-extortion cases against him recommended by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Bacolod at the City Prosecutor’s Office as a result of an entrapment operation conducted by the Bureau over the weekend, Friday, April 10.