Marijuna Plantation Police mobile troopers discovered this marijuana plantation in the hinterlands of Badian town in Cebu on Aug. 8 and uprooted more than 5,000 fully grown plants believed to be among the sources of marijuana transported to Negros island.*

Neg. Occ. dengue cases
near epidemic threshold

Dengue cases in Negros Occidental are nearing the epidemic threshold and immediate emergency fogging operations are being recommended, Dr. ErnellTumimbang, Provincial Health Officer, said yesterday.

The total deaths caused by dengue in Negros Occidental have reached 11, while Bacolod City has reported six.

Tumimbangsaid 2,520 dengue fever cases have been reported from January 1 to August 6 this year. This is an increase of 1,671 cases or 197 percent compared to the same period in 2015, he added. moremoremore

Guv joining PDP
Laban - Escalante

Negros Occidental Board Member Salvador Escalante, secretary general of the United Negros Alliance, yesterday said he has completed his application form for Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan membership.

Escalante said he is joining President Rodrigo Duterte's PDP Laban since Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who heads Unega, and the local party's mayors, are doing the same.

The deadline for their submission of application forms is Monday, and Duterte may arrive in Bacolod City for a mass PDP-Laban oath-taking of members on August 30, Yves Akol, the party's NIR secretary general, said earlier. moremoremore


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2 former close-in security
of solon positive for shabu

Two police officers, who used to be the close-in security of a congressman in Negros Oriental, tested positive for shabu use, authorities said.

They are Police Officer 1 Nigel Electona, who was arrested in a buy-bust operation Wednesday in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, and PO1 Arnold Sadovilla Aguilar, who was found positive for use of illegal drugs during a test for his promotion, the police said.

Supt. Reynod Andot, deputy commander for operations of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said Electona and Aguilar had been the close-in security of Rep. Arnie Teves (Neg. Or., 3 rd District) since he was the Barangay Captain of Malabugas, in Bayawan City, but they were replaced lately..