FESTIVE. The Murcia Public Plaza is all dolled up for the holdiays* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)
Drug raps filed vs. brgy head,
2 others arrested in buy-bust
BY SHIELA GELERA & CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Drug raps have already been filed against a former local basketball star and now Barangay 35 captain in Bacolod City, and two members of prominent families, including the grandson of the late congressman, Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, who were nabbed in a buy-bust operation at an inn in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, Monday.
The charges were filed against Barangay 35 captain Manuel “Maui” Huelar Jr., who was tagged by agents as a High-Value Target, Christian Joseph Mijares, 20, of Pontevedra, and Joshua Roberto Ignacio Arroyo, of La Carlota, in Negros Occidental, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Negros Island Region director Julius Navales, said.
Huelar is now facing charges for violation of sections 5 and 11, or the sale and possession of drugs, under Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while Mijares was charged for sections 11 and 26, or conspiracy in relation to the sale of shabu, and Arroyo for possession of drugs and its paraphernalia, Navales said. .
The Provincial Health Office of Negros Occidental is verifying the cause of the vomiting of 31 minors, who were among the participants in a sponsored activity Monday at the public plaza of Talisay City in the province.
Of the 31 victims, 20 were initially treated at the Talisay Emergency Clinic, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, yesterday said.
Tumimbang said they will investigate if the minors were victims of food poisoning.
The participants in the Children’s Month celebration, estimated at 3,000, were given juice and hotdogs for snacks, Tumimbang said.
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PNP, AFP hold simulated
terror threat exercise
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the
Philippines in Region 7 conducted a simulated terror threat maritime
and air exercise at the southern tip of Cebu, fronting Negros Oriental
Regional Office 7 and the AFP’s Central Visayas Command
based in Cebu City jointly spearheaded the simulated exercise which was
also participated in by the Philippine Coast Guard. The scenario was a
kidnapping at Oslob, Cebu, a tourist destination famous for its whale
Philippine Air Force helicopters took off and landed at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport, the nearest airport to the SIMEX area, while Coast Guard and Navy boats were deployed to the Tañon Strait, between Cebu and Negros islands.