COURT SUS­PENDS EASTERN SA­MAR VIL­LAGE EXEC

Manila Times - - REGION - REINA C. TOLENTINO LE­AN­DER C. DOMINGO EUGENE Y. ADIONG

THE Sandi­gan­bayan’s Sec­ond Di­vi­sion has is­sued pre­ven­tive sus­pen­sion or­der against for­mer mayor and now Punong Barangay Fran­cisco Adalim of Barangay 4, Pobla­cion in Taft town, Eastern Sa­mar pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion of the graft charges and dis­obe­di­ence case he is fac­ing. Adalim’s sus­pen­sion was sought by the pros­e­cu­tion in­vok­ing Sec­tion 13 of the Anti- Graft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act that man­dates the pre­ven­tive sus­pen­sion of in­cum­bent public of­fi­cial fac­ing valid graft case or charge un­der the Re­vised Pe­nal Code. The court also di­rected Adalim “to cease and de­sist from fur­ther per­form­ing and/ or ex­er­cis­ing the func­tions, du­ties and priv­i­leges of Punong Barangay of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Taft, Prov­ince of Eastern Sa­mar, or any other po­si­tion he may now be hold­ing, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately upon re­ceipt of this Res­o­lu­tion and con­tin­u­ing for a pe­riod of 90 days,” un­less the sus­pen­sion is re­voked or ear­lier ter­mi­nated. The Of­fice of the Om­buds­man charged Adalim be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan in 2012 af­ter he al­legedly “re­fused, with­out le­gal ba­sis, to com­ply with a Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion di­rec­tive or­der­ing the re­in­state­ment and pay­ment of back­wages of il­le­gally dis­missed em­ploy­ees of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity” in 2009. Adalim pleaded not guilty to the charges dur­ing his ar­raigned on April 22, 2015.

IL­LE­GALLY CUT LUM­BER SEIZED IN SAN­TI­AGO CITY

SAN­TI­AGO CITY, Is­abela: For­est prod­ucts of more than 1,110 board feet as­sorted hard­wood, be­lieved to be from il­le­gally cut tim­ber in Barangay Du­bi­nan West here were con­fis­cated by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources. The seized items in­clude 16 pieces of Mayapis, 81 Melina and nine Aca­sia lum­ber in­clud­ing a cir­cu­lar ta­ble. Forester Ro­drigo Caya­ban of the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice iden­ti­fied the owner as Leonardo Bruno of Dif­fun town in Quirino prov­ince. He said Bruno failed to pro­duce doc­u­ments and per­mits for the cut­ting of trees. A case for vi­o­la­tion of Pres­i­den­tial De­cree 705, also known as il­le­gal log­ging law, is be­ing pre­pared against Bruno.

BA­COLOD CITY COUN­CIL SEEKS STRICTER RULES ON COCK­FIGHT­ING

BA­COLOD CITY: The Sang­gu­nian Pan­lung­sod of Ba­colod City is look­ing into im­pos­ing stricter reg­u­la­tions on cock­fight­ing es­pe­cially those in the

( vil­lages). Cock­fights are not only a source of en­ter­tain­ment in the city but also in­come- gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for vil­lages, es­pe­cially dur­ing fi­esta cel­e­bra­tions. Coun­cilor Wil­son Gam­boa made the pro­posed amend­ments af­ter he and two other coun­cilors – Em Ang and Sonya Verde­flor – were sus­pended by the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man af­ter they were found them guilty of sim­ple ne­glect of duty when they and for­mer coun­cilors ap­proved a cock­fight­ing re­quest in Barangay Tan­gub in 2016. The amend­ments in­clude the proper ac­count­ing of the pro­ceeds from

cock­fight­ing events. Gam­boa wanted the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit to ac­count the pro­ceeds which should be turned over to the trea­surer for safe­keep­ing and proper ac­count­ing. He also wanted cock­fights to have no “days of reck­on­ing,” or the length of time for hold­ing cock­fights in the vil­lages. The must also sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tion to con­duct cock­fights 20 days be­fore the ac­tiv­ity to avoid con­flict of sched­ule. Also pro­posed is raise the cock­fight fees from P2,000 to P2,500 for small- time der­bies and from P2,500 to P3,000 for big- time der­bies.

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