ZODIAC BACOLAODIAT. Zodiac animals in front of the Bacolod Government Center add to the festive mood in the preparation for the BacoLaodiat Festival, which will usher in the Chinese New Year*

City has new PNP chief

Senior Supt. Jack Wanky was designated as the new officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office, effective yesterday, replacing Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, outgoing BCPO city director.

Wanky came from the Police Regional Office 18 headquarters.

Dongbo was temporarily reassigned to the Regional Personnel Holding Accounting Unit of PRO-18. moremoremore

6 policemen linked
to drugs relieved


Six police non-commissioned officers claimed by former police asset Ricky Serenio to allegedly have been receiving “protection money” from the Berya Drug Group, were relieved effective yesterday from their respective positions, the Police Regional Office 18 announced.

Relieved from the Bacolod City Police Office were Police Officers 3 Gilbert Alunan, Tony Hechanova and Rey Villanueva, Senior Police Officers 1 Noel Capablanca and May Lumawag, as well as PO2 Richard Daniela from the Regional Intelligence Division of PRO 18.

Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral, PRO 18 spokesperson, said yesterday that the six relieved PNCOs were mentioned in the affidavit of Serenio, for allegedly receiving “payola” from the drug group. moremoremore


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State of calamity eyed
with P30M flood damage

Mayor Edgar Teves of Valencia town, Negros Oriental, is considering declaring a state of calamity as heavy rains in the past days resulted to flooding and damage to crops and property amounting to millions of pesos.

As of yesterday, an initial estimated damage was pegged at P30 million, Desiderio Tilos Jr., Valencia LGU public information officer said, but the figure is expected to go up.

For the past two days, Teves personally led an assessment team and to inspect the damage wrought by massive flooding especially at the Okoy River, Tilos said..