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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesWednesday, July 11, 2012
Negros Oriental
ButtonGraft raps filed versus 15 officials in Negros Oriental
ButtonCustoms to investigate Larena rice smuggling
‘Diversion road funds downgraded’
Mining order needs work, Palace says
ButtonPhilippines plans 10% budget increase

Graft raps filed versus 15
officials in Negros Oriental


A task force under the Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft, corrupt and malversation charges against 16 public and private officials in Negros Oriental on the controversial fertilizer fund scam during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004.

The charges were filed against then governor and now Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District), six Agriculture officials headed by the regional director Eduardo Lecciones Jr., former provincial General Services Officer Ismael Martinez, provincial agriculturist Greg Paltinca and Walter Lirazan, supply officer of DA in Region 7; provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez, and provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes.

Graft complaints were also filed against the incorporators and officers of Joebon Marketing, namely, Edward Uy, manager; James Sy, treasurer; incorporators Juanito Lee, Uy Ching Pay, Regina Espina Sy, Jose Anuling Dy and Bonifacio Anuling Dy; as well as Alex Amor Jr., proprietor of Siquijor Island Phosphate.

P480M fund
withdrawal questioned

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo found an ally on the controversial withdrawal by the Department of Budget and Management of the P480 million calamity funds for the rehabilitation, improvement and repair of damaged infrastructure projects due to tropical depression “Sendong”.

Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District) said he is supporting the decision of second district mayors and Degamo to request President Benigno Aquino III to release the amount intended for the repair, rehabilitation, improvement of river dikes, dredging, re-channeling and deepening of riverbanks as soon as possible.

He said he was surprised to learn that somebody is blocking the release of the calamity funds, especially since most of the amount is intended for his district.

‘Diversion road
funds downgraded’


The multi-million peso diversion road project in Dumaguete City has been downgraded, at least for this year, Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said after his attendance to the Regional Development Council 7 meeting recently.

The proposed Bacong-Dumaguete-Sibulan diversion road is 20 meters wide and is estimated to cost P360 million.

Works in certain portions of the proposed diversion road was started during the time of then mayor and late Gov. Agustin Perdices, using local funds to ease the flow of traffic in the commercial district.

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