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Bizman gets life
for selling shabu

A 62-year-old businessman was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for the sale of shabu to a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency intelligence officer in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Mario Maravilla Segovia guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of Section 5, Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the sale of 3.11 grams of shabu.

Segovia, a Bago resident, sold the shabu to PDEA Intelligence Officer 1 Francisco Tahum at the Capitol Shopping Center area in Bacolod City on July 17, 2010, the court was told.moremoremore

Police nab three,
seize P.6M in drugs

The police yesterday seized P600,000 worth of shabu from a Maranao couple and their sibling during a raid at their residence in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Kathrine Go, combined teams of local policemen, operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and troopers of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 18 swooped down on the house of Mipantao in Brgy. 2 poblacion, San Carlos City.

Supt. Jacob Crisostomo, San Carlos City police chief, yesterday said the raid led to the arrest of Iyaan Mapantao and his wife, Kairon, and their sibling, Alinor, alias Dodong..moremoremore


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Comelec warns against illegal
posting of campaign materials

The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental has strongly warned candidates that it will impose strict sanctions on those found violating the Fair Elections Act, particularly on illegally posted campaign materials.

OIC provincial election supervisor Lionel Castillano said his office will embark on a massive drive one week after the start of the campaign period for local candidates on March 26, to tear down campaign materials that are illegally posted.

The Comelec will engage the services of the Department of Public Works and Highways to assist them in the campaign, Castillano said. moremoremore