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Top Negros officials fail
to agree on bet for guv
Marañon tells group he’s running;
2nd meeting next week


Top officials on Negros Occidental at a meeting with business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco in Manila yesterday failed to reach a consensus on a common candidate for governor of the province in 2013, and if they fail on a second try expected next week, it looks like a political battle will break loose provincewide.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. – both expected contenders for the top post of the province - told the DAILY STAR no agreement was reached and a second meeting in Manila is expected in the first week of September.

Marañon said he informed the group that, because of the support of 19 out of 31 mayors, and three out of six congressmen for him, he is committed to seek reelection in 2013.moremoremore

DOJ denies two biz groups
reconsideration on tax code


The Department of Justice denied for lack of merit the motion for reconsideration filed by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Bacolod Filipino Chamber of Commerce and Industry on its Order dated June 15, 2012 dismissing their Appeal for violation of the rule on non-forum shopping.

The dismissal order was issued by hearing officer Eduardo Abante Jr. on August 14, 2012.

The MBCCI and BFCCCI had filed an appeal before the DOJ in January questioning the constitutionality or legality of the Bacolod City Ordinance 565, or the Revised Revenue Code of Bacolod City.moremoremore

Grandpa gets 40 years for rape

For making his granddaughter a sex slave for more than a decade, a 58-year-old Talisay resident was sentenced to reclusion perpetua, or 40 years of imprisonment, after Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Fernando Elumba, found him guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of rape.

Court records show that the victim, whose identity is being withheld, had been molested by her grandfather, at their house in Hacienda Paz Manaloto, Brgy. Matab-ang, Talisay City, Negros Occidental when she was seven years old in 1994, and that he continued to do it until she reached the age of 18 in 2005.

The convicted grandfather, whose identity is also being withheld, even threatened her with a hand gun, the last time she was molested on Aug. 14, 2005, court records showed.moremoremore

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