ROOSTER BacoLaodiat Inc. board member Leonito Lopue, Councilor Em Ang, First Lady Elsa Leonardia, Councilor Caesar Distrito, BacoLaodiat Board Member Fred Barcelona, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Festival Chair Jennifer Ong, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Anton Rojas, Councilor Cindy Rojas, Councilor Bart Orola, and BacoLaodiat Board Member William Ong cut the ribbon to open the 2017 Bacolaodiat Festival at Lacson Street, Bacolod City, yesterday * ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )


City eyeing Chinese tourists
BY SHIELA GELERA

Thousands of spectators welcomed the 12th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City during its opening yesterday afternoon, and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said it is a sign that the city is in a good position to attract more tourists, especially from China.

Dancers in their festive costumes performed during a parade from Rizal Street up to the Lacson Tourism Strip, and Leonardia led the striking of the drum with his wife Elsa.

Festival chairperson Jennifer Gochangco-Ong officially declared this year's BacoLaodiat Festival open. moremoremore

‘Transfer murder hearing
versus solon to Bacolod'
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Policemen, who were alleged by drug personality Ricky Serenio to have been receiving protection money, will be re-assigned to the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao once the Internal Affairs Service files charges against them, Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, Negros Island Region police director, said yesterday.

Serenio, who is now under the care and custody of PDEA consultant Magdaleno Peña and his son, Pulupandan Mayor Miguel Pena and Senior Inspector Alfred de Leon, town police chief, linked 35 policemen to the illegal drug trade.

Six police non-commissioned officers claimed by Serenio to have been receiving protection money from the Berya Drug Group, have been relieved and transferred to the Police Regional Office 18 headquarters, pending investigations by the IAS on the allegations against them. . moremoremore

 

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Nephew of suspended Tanjay
vice mayor nabbed for drugs
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE & JUDY F. PARTLOW

A scion of a prominent political family in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, was nabbed yesterday for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, headed by Chief Inspector Julius Garcia, the Provincial Intelligence Branch, the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency searched the room of Kenneth Teves in Sta. Cruz Viejo, Barangay Palanas, Tanjay at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday following validated reports that he is involved in the illegal drug trade.

Kenneth's father, Steve Sr., is a former city councilor who lost in the recent mayoralty race. He is the nephew of Tanjay's suspended vice mayor Lawrence Teves, while his elder brother, Steve Jr., is the barangay captain of Palanas. .