Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco. PHOTO BY BANJO C. HINOLAN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Mayor Richard Jaojoco of Toboso, Negros Occidental has defended one of his barangay captains in hot water over the distribution of cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).Jaojoco believes the case against village head Romeo Sultan of Barangay Salamanca was “politically motivated,” and he would not bow down to the political powers in the 1st District.Sultan was charged by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and RA 11469 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act).A separate administrative case for Violation of RA 6713 (Code of Ethical Standard of Public Official) is also set to be filed at the Office of the Ombudsman upon resumption of its services.Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Gantang, head of the CIDG-Negros Occidental, said some residents of the barangays went to their office to complain not being included in the list of beneficiaries to receive the cash assistance from the national government.However, Jaojoco denied the complainants and CIDG’s claim.The mayor pointed out that in his municipality alone “there are 3,000- 4,000 families who did not receive the first tranche of the SAP despite being qualified.”“The regional director of the Department of Social Services and Development actually wrote me a letter explaining that they don’t have enough funds for all legitimate beneficiaries,” Jaojoco said.He said the barangay captain “has nothing to do about it.”“These police from the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office are looking for a political patron which they found in the 1st District,” he added.In May, the CIDG also filed similar charges against 19 barangay officials in Western Visayas over alleged anomalies in the distribution of SAP./PN
By Rik SharmaMADRID,(Reuters)-Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to snatch a stunning 3-2 win at Real Madrid and put the two teams level on points at the top of La Liga on Sunday.James Rodriguez appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts with an 86th-minute strike to make it 2-2 after goals by Messi and Ivan Rakitic had overturned Casemiro’s opener.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Messi in the 77th minute and that left Barcelona in a strong position, until Rodriguez fired home at the near post.But Messi’s second goal in the final minute of added time earned Barca a vital win in the title race that leaves both sides with 75 points, although Madrid have a game in hand.“We are first now but Madrid have an extra game,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “It will be tight down till the end. We got the result we came here for.“This is a season that weighs (on us) like five. So many things have happened, good things, not so good things, things I’ve already forgotten.“The 2-2 (goal) was a terrible blow but players were able to come back in the last breath — the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona.”The match was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the off.Cristiano Ronaldo was furious when Samuel Umtiti tripped him in the box and referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez waved away his appeal, but Barcelona were complaining afterwards when Marcelo got away with an elbow on Messi.The Argentine came in for harsh treatment throughout, with Casemiro lucky not to be sent off for multiple hacks on him after picking up an early booking for a foul.The Brazilian opened the scoring for Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo’s cross against the post.Five minutes later Barcelona were level and it was Messi who finished it, dancing away from Dani Carvajal and slotting the ball beyond Keylor Navas.Gareth Bale went off injured towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Marco Asensio. The youngster set up Ronaldo in the second period but the Portugal international blasted over from close range.Rakitic made him pay with a long-range strike that flew beyond Navas and then Ramos was dismissed as he lunged in on Messi recklessly.Rodriguez levelled the score after he reached Marcelo’s near-post cross but Messi had the final say, blowing the title race wide open.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team were still in control and the result would not upset their title charge.“Nothing changes now. Maybe after today the league will be more open,” he said. “But we still depend on ourselves.”
The bid which has been logged in the Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) is awaiting response from the respective clubs or clearance from the Football Federation depending on the individual playerâ€™s status.Henlong joined Rangers from Kano Pillars at the start of last season having moved to Kano following the expulsion of Giwa FC from the league.Also on the league champions radar are Chinedu Udechukwu of Katsina United and Raphael Ayagwa from Lobi Stars.The transfer window opened in September and will close in November.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NPFL TRANSFER UPDATEPlateau United has put in a bid for five players including FC IfeanyiUbahâ€™s King Osanga and the duo of Rangers Charles Henlong and Orji Okagbue Kalu. This is as Ammeh Wilfred has reported handed a request to leave Niger Tornadoes to a yet to be named Football Academy.Plateau United emerged champions of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), beating MFM and Enyimba international to second and third places respectively. The Jos side will be joined by MFM to represent Nigeria in the 2018 CAF Champions League.
However, the Real Madrid forward have since denied the charges, saying his “conscience is clear”, a narrative echoed by his agent’s company Gestifute, which also declared that “the player didn’t hide anything” and the charges are mere “fiscal set-up”If the case goes to trial and Ronaldo is found guilty, he could be sentenced to at least three-and-a-half years jail term and fined up to €28m.Last year, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month prison term after being found guilty of tax crimes, but later paid €252,000 in place of the jail term, as directed by the court.RelatedTax Evasion – Ronaldo Tells Court He Wants England ReturnAugust 5, 2017In “England”Tax Evasion Hearing: Ronaldo Blast Judge, Says “This Is Happening Because I’m Cristiano Ronaldo”August 1, 2017In “Europe”Cristiano Ronaldo Pleads Guilty To Tax FraudJanuary 22, 2019In “Europe” Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, avoided speaking to the media after appearing in a Spanish court today, to testify in his €14.7m tax evasion case.Ronaldo, who arrived the court in tinted windows car, was expected to speak to reporter’s after the hearing, with a podium already setup outside the Pozuelo de Alarcon court in Madrid.But the forward chose not to address the media after the one and a half hour court session, a decision that was booed by the gathered media representatives outside the court room.The 32-year-old was accused of evading €14.7m($17.3m) in tax by the Spanish tax authority, which says Ronaldo took “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities.”A crime they termed “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.Ronaldo, the worlds highest earning athlete, joins the long list of football stars that has been charged with tax evasion crimes by the Spanish tax authority.