BING-PIA VISIT. “Warm and gracious” and prettier in person is how Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia describes Miss Universe Pia Wurztbach, who paid a courtesy call on Congress yesterday wearing the $300,000 Miss U crown, and where she was given the Congressional Medal of Distinction.*

Budol-budol uses
Dongbo in scam

Even police officers are not spared by “budol-budol” operators.

A vendor at the Bacolod Public Plaza lost about P9,000 worth of flowers, chocolates, wine, and prepaid load to a suspect, who introduced himself as Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office, yesterday.

Rosalina Alarba, 45, of Barangay Granada in Bacolod, told the DAILY STAR yesterday that the man, who said he was Dongbo, called and texted her through mobile number 09090032025 to order a bouquet of flowers worth P5,000 for his wife, at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.moremoremore

Cloud seeding ok'd
as losses hit P239M


The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday passed a resolution endorsing cloud-seeding operations to mitigate crop and livestock damage in Negros Occidental that has hit P239,246,525.

However, the cloud-seeding will not commence while there is normal rain over Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who heads the PDRRMC, said.

He said rains over Negros Occidental in the past two days have hit southern, central and northern Negros, which he called “an answer to our prayers”. .moremoremore


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Cops seize P.5-M in ‘shabu',
arrest 20 people in one day

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, seized more than half a million pesos worth of suspected shabu and marijuana, and arrested 20 people in just one day, in what appears to be a crackdown on the illegal drugs trade.

The massive anti-illegal operations were carried out Monday in Dumaguete City, and other parts of the province.

The Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office has reported that it has confiscated 52.04 grams of “shabu”, with a Dangerous Drugs Board value of P586,796.moremoremore