Shabu The two big sachets of suspected shabu worth about P700,000 (right), that were  inserted in an electric stove recovered from the two suspects (left) yesterday in Bacolod City* (SGGelera photos)

Cops nab 2 suspects,  
seize P.7M in shabu
BY SHIELA GELERA

About P700,000 worth of suspected shabu inserted in an electric stove, and sent through courier service, was seized from a man and his companion, at the downtown area of Bacolod City, at about 10:45 a.m. yesterday.

The suspects, identified as Rey Steve Esteban, 46, of Barangay Mandalagan in Bacolod and Randolf San Luis, 34, of Bago City in Negros Occidental, were arrested by the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group operatives, its chief Senior Insp. Jose Mulleta, said.

Esteban and San Luis allegedly threw away a package containing suspected shabu, and tried to escape in a black Chevrolet Spark car after sensing that the person to whom the former had handed a sachet of suspected shabu through the window, was a policeman, Mulleta said. moremoremore

Dying man’s
declaration gets justice
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The dying declaration of a resident of San Enrique town in Negros Occidental has led to the conviction of his assailant for homicide that carries a maximum prison term of 17 years and four months.

Bago City Regional Trial Court Judge Frances Guanzon yesterday found Noe Flores Talam, alias Paok, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of homicide for shooting and killing Roberto Nochepo Salcedo in San Enrique on July 28, 1995.

Guanzon sentenced Talam to suffer the indeterminate penalty of imprisonment from six years and one day to 12 years of prision mayor as minimum, to 14 years, four months and one day to 17 years and four months of reclusion temporal as maximum. moremoremore

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Dads pushing ban on masks,
bonnets for motorcycle riders
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod will take up measures prohibiting the wearing of various types of cover that would hide the identity of motorcycle riders in its regular session today.

Councilor Franklin Esmeña Jr. is proposing an ordinance prohibiting the wearing of masks, bonnets and similar items that conceal the identity of motorcycle riders plying the streets of the city.

Esmeña, a lawyer, said he will submit for first reading today “The Anti-Bonnet Ordinance” that also pushes for the protection of the lives and properties of Dumagueteños. moremoremore