Covenant Supt. Orly Gabinete, Mayor-elect Luis Jalandoni III and Senior Supt. William Señoron (2 nd to 4 th from left, standing) witness the signing of the covenant to stop selling or using prohibited drugs.* (GPB photo)


45 drug peddlers, users
vow to stop illegal trade

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Indeed, change is coming for the 45 residents, including four minors, of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, who surfaced and signed a covenant yesterday, to stop selling or using prohibited drugs.

They also registered their desire to reform, by volunteering to undergo drug testing, and pledging to help the government, through the police, in putting a stop to the proliferation of illegal drugs, at a ceremony held at the La Carlota City Hall yesterday.

The activity was organized by Supt. Orly Gabinete, city police chief, and witnessed by Mayor-elect Luis Jalandoni III, Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director, Liga ng Barangay president Annabelle Bermudo, and local church leaders. moremoremore

Guv: Arrest big pushers in Negros
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said big time drug pushers should be arrested in Negros, too.

He said that, while arrest have been made, the really “big fish” in the drug trade are still out there.

“They should stop their illegal activities or surrender for their own good,” he said, pointing out that going after them is the flagship program of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

If these big time drug operators do not stop, they may not live long enough to get their senior citizen cards, the governor said. moremoremore

 

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CA grants 60-day TRO,
Degamo remains as guv
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE & JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Court of Appeals Special 5th Division ruled that the dismissal of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo would ruin his reputation as individual and as a public official, and deprive his right to assume his post as the newly elected governor.

The CA made the ruling in the grant of the temporary restraining order petitioned by Degamo, and to maintain a status quo ante effectively immediately, for 60 days, unless sooner lifted. The resolution was penned by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz, and concurred in by associate justices Samuel Gaerlan and Ramon Paul Hernando.

It prohibited and enjoined the implementation of the Joint Resolution of the Ombudsman dated January 12, 2016 and May 16, 2016, dismissing Degamo, allegedly for malversation of public funds and grave misconduct on the use of the P480 million calamity fund in 2012.