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Dumaguete City, Philippines Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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COMELEC reshuffling looms
Mayor cleared of raps
Remollo withdraws plan to run
Motorist hit by 'Indian pana'
Cop positive in paraffin test

COMELEC reshuffling looms

Election officers in Oriental Negros will be reshuffled as the country girds up for the national and local polls to be held on May 14, this year.

Provincial election supervisor Manuel Advincula said the move to re-assign some of election officers is based on Section 4 of Republic Act 8189, which states that election officers can serve in a designated station for not more than four years. Advincula said he has already submitted to the Commission on Elections central office a proposed list of election officers from the province who will be affected by the reshuffling.

About 20 of them are in the list, excluding those who are only in acting capacity such as Eddie Aba of the Dumaguete COMELEC Office.

Mayor cleared of raps

The Court of Appeals has set aside the six-month suspension without pay dated March 7 of Bacong Mayor Rodolfo Yee by the Visayas Ombudsman that had been based on a criminal complaint filed by a dismissed employee.

The appellate court also cleared Yee of the charges of oppression in terminating the employment of Eve Morados in November 10, 2004. The decision of the 19th Division of the CA was penned by Associate Justice Isaias Dicdican and concurred to by Associate Justices Antonio Villamor and Stephen Cruz.

withdraws plan to run

Former Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has abandoned his desire to run for mayor, and has endorsed Board Member Arturo Umbac and Woodrow Maquiling to run for mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

In an interview with the DAILY STAR, Remollo revealed that Umbac and his group have forged an alliance against incumbent mayor Agustin Perdices. It has not, however, been confirmed if Maquiling has accepted the endorsement as the latter is still recuperating from a recent surgical operation.

As part of the agreement, Remollo said he is withdrawing from the race but is endorsing four names to run under the Umbac ticket. They are former councilors Nilo Sayson and broadcaster Jess Estrabela, former Department of Education division superintendent Dr. Metodio Gapasin, and Tony Remollo.

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