BING TRANSFER. The Talisay City ballot boxes being readied for shipment to the Commission on Elections central office in Manila on orders of the Comelec First Division, following an electoral protest filed by Sheila Yap Saratan against Mayor Neil Lizares.*
( Rey Siason photo )

Surrender, go for rehab,
officials using drugs told

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on government officials using drugs to surrender and seek rehabilitation.

“Stop using drugs, it's not good for you,” he said.

Marañon said he believes there are more officials engaged in the use of drugs, but would not give an estimate on how many they are.

The governor issued the call for those involved in the use of drugs to surrender, after LaCastellana, Negros Occidental, councilor Alberto Nicor III voluntarily went to the Philippine National Police Thursday to clear his name, and state that he is no longer using prohibited drugs. moremoremore

PRO 18 addressing
cop officers shortage


The Police Regional Office 18 has started to address the shortage of police officials at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, brought about by the re-assignment of several of its officers outside the Negros Island Region.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, Negros Occidental provincial police director, said yesterday that Supt. Arturo Fullero, who was recently assigned to NOCPPO, has been designated officer-in-charge of the San Carlos City Police Station.

Fullero used to be assigned with the PNP Anti- Kidnapping Group. moremoremore


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PCG: Maritime delineation
not a problem in emergency

The Philippine Coast Guard Dumaguete Station can respond to any distress calls at any given time, regardless of maritime boundaries.

Lt. Junior Grade Donna Lisa Ramacho, Coast Guard Dumaguete station commander, assured yesterday that so long as proper protocol is observed, there is no problem when it comes to responding to callouts.

Concerns over jurisdiction of maritime and coastal boundaries were discussed during the recent turnover of a patrol boat to the Philippine National Police Maritime Group at a simple ceremony in San Jose, Negros Orienta..