Barangay 35 captain Manuel Huelar Jr. (left), being handcuffed by a PDEA agent, while Christian Joseph Mijares (right)covers his face in the bed with scattered drug paraphernalia at an inn in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, last night* (Rox Estrella photos)

PDEA nabs brgy head,
two others in drug bust

A former local basketball star and now Barangay 35 captain in Bacolod City, and two members of prominent families, were arrested in a buy-bust operation inside an inn, the name of which the agents withheld, at Liroville Subdivision in Barangay Singcang-Airport in the city, at about 7 last night.

          Nabbed by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency were Barangay 35 captain Manuel “Maui” Huelar Jr., Christian Joseph Mijares, 20, of Pontevedra, and Joshua Roberto Arroyo, in his early 20s, of La Carlota in Negros Occidental.

Seized from Huelar, who was the target of the operation and was under monitoring by the PDEA, were a plastic sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 as buy-bust item, and P1,000 worth of shabu, PDEA Negros Island regional director Julius Navales said.moremoremore

Bing reinstates 10 workers

   Pursuant to a Civil Service Commission order, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has reinstated 10 employees of the Bacolod City government who were illegally dismissed by former mayor Monico Puentevella in February.

          In his Memorandum No. 196 dated Nov. 21, Leonardia directed Wilma Saliñas, Jan Michael Vincent Petierre, Angel Barrientos Jr., Nelia Sedillo, Michael Arboleras, Robert Toledo, Adelino Untal Jr., Mark Oliver Binguan, Daniel Medecielo, and Hannibal Varca to report to their respective offices upon receipt of his memo.

           The employees are assigned at the City Engineer's Office, City Treasurer's Office, City Tourism Office, Department of Public Services, Human Resource Management Services, and Public Affairs and Assistance Division.moremoremore


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‘High impact’ drug operation
implemented in Dumaguete


Three search warrants were simultaneously served yesterday on three drug personalities in Purok Camia, Sitio Canday-ong in Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City.

            A warrant was served at the residence of Jingle Abing, also known as “Potot”, which yielded 14 elongated heat-sealed plastic sachets believed to contain shabu, worth about P35,400, improvised tooter, lighters, clip, and other illegal drug paraphernalia.

            The police also searched the house of Karim Chiong, that also yielded nine sachets with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P11,800, two sachets with residue, and illegal drugs paraphernalia.