BING Joebert Apurado, who ranked number five in the police drug watch list, still holding a gun , died, during a buy-bust operation in Calatrava.*

Church steps up drive
against rising killings


The Diocese of Bacolod that had vehemently opposed the Reproductive Health Law through its famous “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulin is now also strongly opposing the rising extra judicial killings of drug suspects.

A tarpaulin with the message “Thou shalt not kill” will hang in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City starting today to clearly convey the Church position against the rising vigilantism, Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral, said yesterday.

T he Supreme Court last year had ruled in favor of the Diocese of Bacolod when it caught the ire of the Commission on Elections for posting tarpaulins identifying the 2013 senatorial candidates as “Team Patay” or “Team Buhay” depending on their stand on the RH Law, which, it said, does not respect the life of the unborn child. moremoremore

Another drug suspect
dies in shootout

 Another suspected drug peddler was killed yesterday in an alleged shootout with policemen during a buy-bust operation in Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

Supt. Gil Flores, Calatrava police chief, identified the slain suspect as Joebert Apurado, 34, who ranked number 5 in the drug watch list of the town police.

Investigations of the Calatrava police showed that Apurado tried to draw his gun, upon sensing that he was dealing with a policeman who acted as poseur-buyer. . moremoremore


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NOCCI ‘not worried'
over zero NIR budget

The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry is not at all worried over recent news reports that the Department of Budget Management did not include the Negros Island Region in the 2017 proposed national budget.

NOCCI president Edward Du said in a press release yesterday that the NOCCI's original NIR proposal and written position paper, which was circulated to all stakeholders in 2014, was really to push for a zero budget or zero operating cost for all the 30 regional offices during the first three years transition period by simply utilizing all the existing provincial offices of all national government agencies already operating in Dumaguete City and Bacolod City. ..