palm sunday The “static display” of heavy guns and equipment of the 303rd Infantry Brigade at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, is part of the 119th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army today.* ( CPG photo )

Four killed in Cadiz,
Army men suspects

All within about 12 hours yesterday a barangay kagawad and three others were killed, while three were injured in shooting, hacking and stabbing incidents in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, with Army soldiers among the suspects

The police has placed Army Sgt. Zosimo Mariquit, PFCs Pat Lopez, Jhonryl Postrado, Franklin Delamor, Gerald Dator and Darrel June De Leon of the 62nd Infantry Battalion under its custody, pending investigation of a shooting incident that left two dead and three injured at about 4:20 a.m. yesterday in Purok Azucena, Brgy Banquerohan, Cadiz City.

The six Army soldiers were immediately subjected to paraffin tests, to determine who among them fired the shots that killed were Mark Hipone Zarraga, 21, a fishpond laborer of Purok Dungca-an, Brgy Tinampa-an,  Cadiz City, and  Charice Decara Solitario,  15 and a grade 8 student of Binangca-an, Brgy Daga Cadiz City, Supt. Edel Jose Manzano, Cadiz City police officer-in-charge, said. moremoremore

7 injured in Ilog
shooting spree

Seven suspects were apprehended Sunday by the police in the cities of Silay and Escalante, Negros Occidental, for violation of the Comelec gun ban, and the selling and possession of illegal drugs.

Renante Arellano Ortega and Manueling Diode Ortega were arrested in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, on the complaints of Joel Abibas, who claimed to have been harassed and threatened by the two suspects.

Supt. Rosauro Francisco, Silay City police chief, said the arrest of the two led to the seizure of Ortega's homemade shotgun with live ammunition of a .45 caliber pistol, a 15-inch bolo, and a baseball bat. moremoremore


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Power was back in most parts of Dumaguete City up to Siaton, Negros Oriental, in the south at 11:02 a.m. yesterday, after more than 26 hours of brownout since 9:38 a.m. Sunday, due to the tripping of the Amlan-Siaton 69-kilovolt line because of overgrown vegetation.

The problem would have been over in less than six hours on Sunday if not for the refusal of a landowner to allow the maintenance crew of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to clear the overgrown vegetation that has affected the transmission facility.

The NGCP said in a press release that restoration of the line was delayed because Jaime and Violeta Ramos, owners of the property where the vegetation is located, refuse NGCP access to their property. The property of the Ramoses is subject of dispute with the National Transmission Corporation..moremoremore