DPWH TRAFFIC PROBLEM. How many more months will the Department of Public Works and Highways take before it completes the expansion of the Araneta Highway in Bacolod City, where it has abandoned dug up sections and left culvert pipes on the side of the road, causing flooding and constant traffic problems? President Rodrigo Duterte has promised swift action by government agencies, it is hoped this will be true for the DPWH, too.*
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Killer of Bacolod doc
gets 40-year jail term

A Sagay City resident was sentenced yesterday to 40 years imprisonment for the brutal murder of a prominent Bacolod doctor in Bacolod City on May 12, 2012, which he and his co-accused captured on a video.

The prosecution's evidence is undisputed and leaves no room for doubt that Dr. Andres Gumban, 63, died a painful, violent death in his residence at the Regent Pearl Homes Subdivision in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City, Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 41 Judge Ray Alan Drilon said in his 21-page decision.

Drilon sentenced Fof Pascual Jr. to reclusion perpetua after finding him guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the murder of Gumban. At the time the crime was committed in 2012 Pascual was 18 years old. moremoremore

Former vice mayor surrenders
Nephew of guv to seek rehab: Señoron

It took the serious campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against the proliferation of prohibited drugs for former Sagay City Vice Mayor Joseph Gerald Marañon, to opt for rehabilitation.

Marañon, son of the late Governor Joseph Marañon, yesterday joined thousands of pushers and users in Negros Occidental, who surrendered to the police in Negros Occidental, and pledged to stop using prohibited drugs.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday said that Joseph Gerald wanted to change his life for the better. “He ( Joseph Gerald) is willing to undergo rehabilitation”, Señoron said. moremoremore


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New NORPPO chief to intensify
campaign versus illegal drugs

Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo, the newly-assumed director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, will implement “Oplan Wagtang” to intensify further the campaign against illegal drugs.

In the turnover of command ceremony in Bacolod City yesterday, Tiempo said his action plan “Oplan Wagtang” means “Wagtangun natu ang mga criminals, wagtangun natu mga drug lords, wagtangun natu ang mga police scalawags (Let us eliminate criminals, drug lords and police scalawags).”

Tiempo said he has to be aligned with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte in suppressing criminality and illegal drugs in three to six months. .