edu training The ribbon-cutting rites for the pedestrian overpass in Brgy.Mansilingan, Bacolod City, was held yesterday with Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Road Board Comptroller Edgardo Conchu, District Engineer Abraham Villareal and Rep. Greg Gasataya (l-r) officiating.*

Negrense admits part
in Bulacan massacre

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – The suspect in the gruesome killing of five family members was arrested by police operatives in his house at North Ridge Royal Subdivision, Barangay Sto. Cristo, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan Wednesday, 33 hours after the crime was committed.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, presented to the media suspect Carmelino Ibañes, 26, a native of Negros Occidental and resident of Barangay Sto. Cristo, during a press conference held here yesterday.

Aquino said Ibañes admitted the crimes in front of his mother and sister when he was arrested. moremoremore

‘NIR No. 1 in
unresolved drug cases'

Negros Island Region has the biggest number of unresolved drug cases at 99 percent, Undersecretary Marie Belen Angelita Matibag, Dangerous Drugs Board executive director, said yesterday.

Matibag, who spoke at a seminar workshop on the Dangerous Drugs Law for judges, prosecutors and law enforcers at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, said the 99 percent figure is for drug cases filed from 2002 to March 2017 by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

What is meant by “unresolved” are cases that are active with no resolution yet, and the NIR is number one according to PDEA statistics as of March, she said. moremoremore


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‘Strict security in place
amid terrorism threats'

Officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday reassured the public that today is a safe and normal day amid unverified intelligence reports of threats of extremist terror groups launching attacks.

Capt. Jorge Ibarra of the Philippine Navy, who heads the AFP's Task Force Deter on maritime safety and security in the locality, reiterated that strict security measures are in place especially in vulnerable target areas of extremist terror groups like the Maute, Abu Sayyaf, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Lt. Col. Roderick Garcia, battalion commander of the Army's 79th IB based in Negros Oriental, reassured that his troops are conducting preventive security measures in vital installations, entry and exit points like sea ports and the airport, vulnerable communities and highly-populated areas with minimal presence of law enforcement authorities, as well as tourist destinations..