COURT SUSPENDS EASTERN SAMAR VILLAGE EXEC
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.