festival FIESTA RITES. Participants in the 3rd Palapak Festival of the San Vicente Ferrer Shrine in Talisay City.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photos )


Cops, traffic enforcers
without helmets nabbed
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Five policeman and four traffic enforcers were among the 1,132 violators of the “No Crash Helmet” policy since its implementation on March 27 apprehended by the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office

BTAO head Supt. Luisito Acebuche yesterday said two of the traffic enforcers were suspended for one month without salary, while the rest of the violators were imposed a fine of P1,300 for the first offense as stipulated in City Ordinance No. 535.

The BTAO has collected about P178,100 from violators of the “No Crash Helmet” policy and impounded 167 motorcycles, he said, adding that he will recommend for the revocation ofdriver's license for third offence. moremoremore

Suspended prov'l
agriculturist resigns
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Suspended Negros Occidental provincial agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan and contractual employee Ariel Tuvilla, who are facing administrative charges for alleged grave misconduct and malversation of public funds, have filed their resignations.

However, provincial legal officer Jose Marie Valencia said yesterday no decision has been reached yet on the resignations.

Valencia said the letter of Tabianan was forwarded to him by the Office of the Governor. moremoremore

 

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‘Rebels' kill gov't asset
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Amid proposals for local peace talks between the New People's Army and the government, suspected insurgents allegedly shot dead a supposed “intelligence” asset in Barangay Talalak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental yesterday morning.

The victim was identified as Junney Cabugnason, about 40 years old, married and a resident of the place, the police said.

An initial police report said that Barangay Talalak chairperson Edmat Bigay recounted that at around 6 a.m. yesterday, while he was at the vicinity of the Avocado Elementary School in the barangay, he heard two gun shots and afterwards saw two persons fire several more shots into the air..