Prosecutor clears mayor of perjury
DUMAGUETE CITY -- Dumaguete Mayor Agustin Perdices has been cleared by the city prosecutor?s office of charges that he lied under oath in his affidavit-complaint against a newspaper columnist.
Prosecutor Adrian Borromeo approved on Feb. 4 the recommendation of Assistant Prosecutors Joseph Arnel Zerna, Alvin Asiniero and Leonardo Mandajoyan to dismiss the perjury charges filed by provincial supervising tourism operations officer Dindo Generoso, who also writes a column in a local weekly.
The prosecutors found no willful and deliberate assertion of falsehood when Perdices wrote in his complaint that Generoso was an Australian citizen and resident of 2/31 Kensington Road, Summer Hill 2140, New South Wales, Australia, and a defendant who does not reside and is not found in the Philippines. Alex Pal, Inquirer Visayas
Public alerted on Kanlaon explosions
BACOLOD CITY -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Tuesday advised the public not to enter Mt. Kanlaon?s 4-kilometer permanent danger zone because of sudden explosions that may occur without warning.
In a bulletin, the agency placed Kanlaon under alert level 1, which meant slightly elevated unrest and volcanic activity that could lead to steam and ash ejections.
It said that people living in areas beyond the zone downwind of the crater could be affected by ash falls. Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer Visayas
17 Southern Leyte employees reinstated
MAASIN CITY -- The Civil Service Commission in Eastern Visayas has ordered the reinstatement of 17 illegally dismissed employees at the Southern Leyte capitol.
Rodulfo B. Encajonado, CSC regional director, in a Jan. 17 order, directed Gov. Damian Mercado to immediately install the employees to their former positions and pay them back wages covering the period of their absence.
The 17 were among the 33 employees appointed by then Gov. Rosette Lerias and dismissed shortly after Mercado assumed office on July 1, 2007. Jani Arnaiz, Inquirer Visayas
Court dismisses drug raps vs driver
ROXAS CITY -- The Regional Trial Court dismissed on Feb. 12 the drug charges against a tricycle driver, citing contradicting statements of witnesses.
In a decision dated Feb. 12, RTC Branch 16 Judge Delano Villaruz junked the case against Juncel Alba of Roxas City, saying the prosecution failed to establish his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
Alba was charged with illegal drug peddling and possession of drug and paraphernalia. He has denied the charges.
The court noted that the contradictory statements of the prosecution?s witnesses covered an essential element of the offense -- the residence of the accused where the search warrant was served. Felipe V. Celino, Inquirer Visayas
Police office placed under regional director
NAGA CITY -- The Naga City Police Office (NCPO) has been made autonomous from the provincial police command and is now under the direct administrative and operational control of Bicol?s police director.
The move was based on General Order DTL-08-1 issued by the National Police Commission on Jan. 18.
Senior Supt. Romeo Tambungui, Camarines Sur police director, said the autonomy of the NCPO from the provincial office had fostered coordination between the two units. Juan Escandor Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon