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  The accusers. CITY COUNCILORS Lani Ramon, Tony Rems Remollo, Manuel Arbon and ex-councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas shows documents to the media in a press conference Thursday after which in the afternoon, the city legal officer also gave the mayor’s side before the media.  
 
 
  MARCH 13, 2016 EDITION  
   
   

 
      Dgte city mayor, sued by rivals    


Three members of the Dumaguete City Council sued Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria for allegedly using public funds to cover the hospitalization and medical assistance to the victims of an accident involving the latter’s privately owned vehicle.

Councilors Antonio J. Remollo, Manuel R. Arbon and Lielani L. Ramon sued Mayor Sagabarria for alleged malversation of public funds, abuse of authority, grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a public officer before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas.

The Commission on Audit, meanwhile, confirmed such alleged misuse of funds and recommended the return the P120,000 funds to the city coffers.

The city mayor thru legal officer Atty Neil Rey Lagahit , denied such accusations as politically motivated, saying the humanitarian funds were sanctioned by Cong Pryde Teves from his PDAF funds before, considering that the victims were his constituents in the third district, but employed privately by the city mayor.The funds were already downloaded in favor of the city government for indigernts, victims of natural calamities and disasters.

The trio assisted by Atty. Joe Kenneth Arbas, in a press conference, accused the mayor of using P 120, 000 (earmarked for qualified indigent residents of Dumaguete) to pay...
 
   
     
 
       
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Because the issuance of the voters receipts af ter casting ones vote will now be required, voting time overall will be extended to an estimated ten (10) hours to the max.

This means that if 4.5million voters will cast their votes, then the delay will be awesome. But of course, common sense (CS) dictates that the longer the voting will last, the longer it will take to count and account for the figures. From the start to the finish, anything could happen in between, which is the most crucial part.

Foundings have found a new place in the sun in this country. Thanks to the Poe Doctrine which the Supreme Court decided this week. This means that even if you don’t know who your parents are, you can run for president——provided you look Filipino.

A similar case of foundling was found at the redemptorist church 5 months ago and was christened Angelo Perpetuo, but since it could be traceable, the name was changed to Angelo Alfonso. Dodong’s namesake.

The country lost an icon of democracy and freedom: the illustrious Sen Jovito Salonga, the author of the law removing the U.S. military bases in the country. We had once the honor of interviewing the man.He died last Thursday at 85. He was blinded in one eye, because of a terrorist bombing at Plaza Miranda during a political rally in l971, a year before Martial Law was imposed in this country.

Still another icon lives at 90: Justice Venancio “Dodong” Aldecoa Jr who celebrated as a nonagenarian in a gathering of friends. Among his circle of friends, the judge is always as “Dodong.” He retired as associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, a fomer Dumaguete city councilor whom we were privileged to cover. Dodong is very snappy with his knowledge of the law, always humble, and became president of Silliman University. His daughter Jenelyn Delorino is now the deputy Supreme Court Admnistrator.His son Michael retired from a U.S. job and now takes care of him. Daughter Evelyn and wife Nelly died few years back.
 
   
   


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With the Supreme Court removing all legal obstacles to her candidacy and recent surveys showing her still leading the presidential race, Sen. Grace Poe now has to work even harder and go farther in her new-found destiny to probably become the next president of the Philippines.

Poe told the media that while she is thankful to God, and for the High Court’s decision to allow her, a foundling, to seek the highest post of the land, she cannot be complacent in the race for Malacañang.

She said she must continue to bring the platforms of her “Gobyernong may Puso” to Filipinos in hard-to-reach provinces.

“Kahit sinong kandidato, lahat dapat magtrabaho at umikot at ipaalam ang kanilang mensahe kasi wala namang nakakasiguro dito. Nakita naman natin, kahit ano pwede mangyari,” Poe said.

In the latest Pulse Asia survey done on February 16-27, Poe maintained her lead with 26 percent of voters choosing her as their president. With the favorable decision from the Supreme Court, Poe’s numbers are expected to go up.

Poe and her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, who also tops the vicepresidential preference surveys, were in Quezon Wednesday, addressing supporters in Lopez, Tayabas, Candelaria, Lucban and Lucena in one day. They were joined by the senatorial bets under their Partido Galing at Puso.
 
   
   


         
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I’m in receipt of the Mayors SOCA (State of the City Address) that was delivered last Friday to my office, and I have to say that I’m very disappointed with the items that were presented. I’m aware that a SOCA is basically a recap of an officials term citing all the accomplishments, however I also believe that a good leader should be able to reflect on the shortcomings of one’s venture and the possible options that one would take if given a second chance. I have learned the concept and practice of “malasakit” during my 16 years here and quite frankly the most that I’ve seen is people just trampling over each other to reach the top or to get out. In the USA, we would refer to that as the “get over anyway you can” mentality. The SOCA as written only reinforces that. So let me express only but a few things that may have been acknowledged in this SOCA.
 
   
   


   
 
   



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