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Mayor Won’t Leave NPC-Love Negros

Suspended Cauayan town Mayor John Rey Tabujara said he did not and will not leave the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Love Negros party.

Tabujara was sought for comment by NDB last night, following speculations that he intends to join UNEGA.

The speculations ran wild in southern Negros Occidental yesterday, which also alleged that Acting Cauayan Mayor. Vice Mayor Rico James “Tata” Tabujara attended the recent UNEGA party meeting and “plans to join the party”.

John Rey & Rico James are cousins.

Cauayan Vice Mayor Assumes Mayorship

Due to the 90-day preventive suspension by the Ombudsman Visayas of Mayor John Rey Tabujara of Cauayan, Vice Mayor Rico James Tabujara, his cousin, assumed post per order of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), represented by Marites Joy Madayag, DILG Provincial DILG officer of Negros Occidental.

Madayag personally served the suspension order to Mayor John Rey last Friday, August 17, at the same time gave the order to Vice Mayor Rico James to sit as acting mayor while Mayor John Rey is serving his suspension.

‘No ASG in Negros’

There is no Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Negros, although the military is gathering more information on the reported sightings of an armed group in Cauayan, Negros Occidental on the night of Good Friday, earlier suspected to either ASG or New People’s Army (NPA).

First Lieutenant John Tumamao, Bravo Company commander of the 79th Army Infantry Battalion, said some residents claimed to have seen armed men passing by a river in Sitio Capaclan, while others, while others were not sure whether the men they saw were carrying firearms or just backpacks.


The Provincial Veterinarian Office expressed alarm on the rising cases of rabies in Cauayan town in southern Negros Occidental.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renato Decena said there are already two confirmed rabies deaths in the town just this March.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (right) administers the oath of office for the Association of City and Municipal Assessors–Negros Occidental officers lead by its President Rolito Espinosa of Isabela town, at the Capitol, yesterday, in the presence of Negros Occidental Acting Provincial Assessor, Engr. Leyto Villanueva.*(Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

Teen Swiped by Ceres Bus

A teenager was injured after he was bumped by a Ceres bus in the national highway, between Km 45-46 in Barangay Miranda in Pontevedra town, Negros Occidental, 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Pontevedra PNP traffic investigator identified the victim as Jerick Rios, 18, single, of Barangay Miranda, Pontevedra.

Rios was sideswept by the bus driven by Ildefonso Occeña Guilon, Jr., 49, married, of Barangay Caliling, Cauayan town, Negros Occidental.

The Ceres bus was on its way to south of the province from Bacolod City.