OFFICIALS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Occidental have defended the joint training of the 6th Special Action Force (SAF) Battalion with the US Marines in Sagay City after militant groups assailed the presence of American troops in the province.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo), told Sun.Star Bacolod the assistance of US military in the training is a big help to ensure peace and order during the conduct of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Bacolod City on April 29-30.
THREE hundred grams of suspected shabu worth P400,000 was seized by personnel of Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (RAIDSOTG) and Bago City Police Station at farm in Barangay Pacol of said city at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The operation also led to the arrest of two suspected drug pushers Naga Comagul alias “Naanji,” 37, and Jamal Esmael alias “Jamal,” 21, both residents of Balo, Lanao del Norte.
A MURDER complaint was filed Thursday by the police before the San Carlos City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects who killed Senior Police Officer 2 Edsel Villanueva.
Charged were Marcial Garingo and a "John Doe,” said Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo).
ENERGREEN Power Development and Management Inc. said a circumstance that was beyond its control was the reason they were not able to meet the contracted power supply of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco).
Energreen counsel lawyer Ernesto Tabao relayed this to reporters at the sidelines of the hearing in Bacolod City conducted Thursday by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on the application of Ceneco and Filinvest Development Corp. Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) for the supply contract that has a duration of 18 months from December 2014 up to June of 2016.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) is set to hold the groundbreaking rites for its multi-billion development project on the Capitol property in Bacolod City on March 5.
The development project includes a mall and hotel on the leased Capitol property and a condominium on the adjacent Coscolluela property that the company acquired, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan.
ASSOCIATE City Prosecutor Maria Lina Gonzaga has recommended the dismissal of the libel complaint filed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. against businessman Crispin Chua.
Gonzaga, who served as investigating prosecutor, said there is "no probable cause for the offense of libel." The decision was approved by City Prosecutor Armando Abanado on February 3, 2015.
BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has requested the City Veterinary Office through its Veterinarian Maria Agueda de la Torre to give a report to the City Council on actual steps being implemented by her office against illegal slaughtering.
The apprehension of illegal slaughtering operations is mandated by Republic Act 10536 and City Ordinance 456.
THE Negros Occidental Provincial Government is planning to create a Hospital Operations Department (HOD) to ensure that Negrenses will be provided with round-the-clock medical services.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said hospital operations are currently under the Economic Enterprise Development Division (EEDD) and that under the proposal, the HOD will become a separate department.
A SUSPECTED illegal firearms dealer was arrested in a joint operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 4 and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Camelot Subdivision, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Stephen Bachoco, 56, of Purok Tilapia, Barangay 3, Bacolod.
A 60-YEAR-OLD man was died on the spot after his vehicle hit a parked Toyota flatbed truck along Araneta Street, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City at 2:40 a.m. Thursday.
The fatality was identified as Orlando Domingo of Barangay Tangub.
THE Bacolod City Council has approved a resolution requesting for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Bacolod Traffic Authority (BTAO) through the Office of Mayor Monico Puentevella to put traffic safety signs or early warning devices along all pedestrian lanes near schools.
The resolution, proposed by Councilor Caesar Distrito, said it is the thrust of the City Government to ensure the safety of its constituents particularly the students.
THE Sandiganbayan has cleared Silay City Vice Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez in a graft case filed against him and 27 others in connection with the allegedly anomalous P18-million computerization project of the Silay City Government in 2008.
Only Golez was cleared from the case, for lack of probably cause, according to the decision of the Second Division of Sandiganbayan dated January 7, 2015.
A TOTAL of 274 of the 601 barangays in the Negros Occidental are affected by illegal drugs, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) show.
In a report presented Wednesday at the 1st Quarter meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Superintendent David Cachumbo, head of Noppo Operations Branch, said of the 274 villages, four are categorized as seriously affected, 63 moderately affected, and 107 slightly affected.
A MURDER complaint will be filed today before the San Carlos City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects who killed Senior Police Officer 2 Edsel Villanueva. Inspector Jansen Ohrelle Tiglao, deputy chief of San Carlos City Police Office, said on Wednesday that those who will be charged are the gunman and his unidentified companions. All of them are still at-large.
Tiglao said the gunman, whose name is being withheld by the police, was identified after the recovery of an Aura motorcycle at Barangay Talampas, San Carlos City.
PROFESSOR Raul V. Fabella, national scientist in the field of economics, called for the empowerment of farmers by giving them the choice to farm their lands or lease them to other farmers who are most able to operate the farms more efficiently and productively.
“CLOAs (Certificates of Land Ownership and Award) can be declared legally leasable to encourage the development of larger-scale farms,” said Fabella, former dean of the UP-Diliman School of Economics and a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology.
THE Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) declared the Fourth District of Negros Occidental peaceful and ready for further development in rites held during its 1st Quarter meeting at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City Wednesday.
The PPOC approved the resolution declaring the Fourth District located in southern Negros as such.
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he will ask President Benigno Aquino III to hold the signing of the government’s closure agreement with the Kapatiran (formerly RPM-P/RPA-ABB Tabara-Paduano Group) in the province.
Marañon presided chaired Wednesday’s 1st quarter meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) where the resolution transferring the resettlement areas for the Kapatiran communities out of the North Negros Natural Park was approved.
BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said the proposed measure on the use of the wheel clamps is intended only for violators and not for everybody.
Gamboa’s response came after the proposal has been opposed by different business groups and transport organizations in the city, including the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).
BACOLOD City Councilor Noli Villarosa has filed his resignation before Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya as chairman of the City Council committee on transportation and traffic management.
In his letter to Gasataya, Villarosa, president of the Association of Barangay Captains, said: “(G)uided by the basic principles of good faith and fair play, I feel that the direction I want to pursue as chairman of this crucial committee differs from the general direction that the Sanggunian wishes to take.”
THE Portia Store owned by Bacolod City Councilor El Cid Familiaran and his wife Portia located at the downtown area lost around P600,000 worth of merchandise to teenagers who entered their establishment in separate instances.
Familiaran said the suspects include a 12-year-old boy and three 18-year-olds.
THE van driver who hit and killed two taxi drivers was released from the lock-up cell of Police Station 2 Tuesday evening after his reglementary period lapsed.
Police Station 2 chief Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta said Johnny Guadalupe, 57, of Barangay Tangub, was released at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is killing the sugar industry in its continued holding of the authority to release sugar (ARS) despite the payment of the questioned one percent tax on gross product it imposed on sugar producers’ cooperatives.
This was the contention of Lawyer Joel Cabalatungan legal, counsel of six cooperatives, during the hearing Tuesday on the writ of preliminary injunction with prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) they filed against Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and the BIR relative to Revenue Regulation 11-2914 before the Regional Trial Court Branch 56 in Himamaylan City.
ANOTHER policeman was killed, making him the third Negrense policeman murdered due to illegal drugs in less than a month.
Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Edsel Villanueva of Calatrava Municipal Police Station was shot to death in San Carlos City Monday night.
AT LEAST 700 public school teachers in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental joined the nationally-coordinated sit-down strike on Tuesday to reiterate their appeal for salary increase and to join the calls for President Benigno Aquino III to resign.
The teachers started their sit-down strike in the morning wherein they stayed inside their classrooms and held some activities, but did not hold classes.
VARIOUS business groups and transport organizations in Bacolod City released a manifesto stating their reservations to the proposed ordinance filed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. for the use of wheel clamp on illegally parked motor vehicles.
The manifesto was signed by leaders and representatives of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Northern Negros Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Southern Negros Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association-Negros, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association-Negros, Bankers Club of Bacolod, Hotel and Restaurants Association of Negros Occidental, United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, and Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators sa Negros.
BACOLOD City Monico Puentevella said the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-National Organizing Committee (Apec-NOC) led by Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. was “very impressed” with the city’s preparations.
On Monday, the organizers inspected the SMX Convention Center and other venues to ensure that preparations are done well and that they can still address matters and concerns in case there are problems, the mayor said.
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc reinstated a “disqualified” barangay captain in Cauayan town, Negros Occidental whose residency was questioned.
The Comelec en banc, in a decision signed by Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.,ruled that respondent Ernie Magbanua is a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Cauayan town.
CONSUMERS of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco) are bracing for power rate increase, too.
John Peter Millan, president of Noceco Board, said that from last month's P8.86 per kwh residential, consumers will be paying P9.45 per kwh in their electricity bills this month. Commercial rates will also increase from P8.07 per kwh.
TWO taxi drivers were killed after they were hit by a Mitsubishi L-300 at 16th Lacson Street, Barangay 4, Bacolod City Tuesday morning.
The fatalities were identified as Alejandro Macasa, 64, of Purok BM, Barangay Taculing; and Florencio Salimbot, 58, of Purok GK, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has ordered Senior Superintendent Milko Lirazan, police provincial director, to investigate the alleged involvement of some police personnel in the province in illegal drug operations that led to the murder of two policemen.
Marañon said the recent killings where the suspects are policemen themselves are "drug-related."