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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, January 26, 2012
Negros Oriental
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ButtonMan adrift on styrofoam box rescued
Solon sure to run for governor
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Travel agency worker
gets 52-year sentence


A former employee of a travel agency in Dumaguete was sentenced to 52 years imprisonment after she was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of three counts of qualified theft by Regional Trial Court Branch 34 in Negros Oriental.

RTC Judge Rosendo Bandal Jr. imposed the sentence on Cherie Mae Catan-Hipe, who was accused of pocketing more than P100,000 in cash in three transactions of Eight Wonders Travel and Tours Inc., owned by Elsie Lee of Lee Plaza .

Court records show that Hipe took P31,109, the amount paid by Davida Manugas, a client of Eight Wonders Travel and Tours Inc. to pay for her Philippine Airlines ticket for a one-way flight from Manila to San Francisco , USA .

Man adrift on
styrofoam box rescued


A man who set out to sea in a styrofoam box  recently was rescued off Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental, where  strong ocean currents carried him from Cebu, his intended destination.

The man,  identified  as Reynaldo Roque, 31, married, of San Isidro, Leyte,  appeared not to be in his right state of mind when interviewed by police investigators,  SPO4 Joel Alcala, deputy police chief of Dauin said.

 Alcala said Bantay Dagat personnel in Apo Island who found him adrift in the styrofoam box,  brought him ashore, and  turned  him over to the  police in  Apo Island, who, in turn, brought him to the Dauin police station..

Solon sure to run for governor

Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (Neg. Or., 1st District) reiterated her intention to run for governor in the local and national elections in 2013.

Limkaichong said the  probability of her running for governor in 2013 and  challenging Gov. Roel Degamo and former finance Sec. Margarito Teves is almost sure.

In an interview with the DAILY STAR, Limkaichong confirmed that she is considering Mark Macias, the son of former governor Emilio Macias II, as her  vice gubernatorial tandem as she believes  he has the competence, integrity, sincerity, to run the affairs of the provincial board.*

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