COKEMayor Evelio Leonardia (center of rostrum) surrounded by supporters at the Bacolod Government Center yesterday*

Neg. Occ. top cop, six others relieved

The move to oust Senior Supt. William Señoron as provincial police director of Negros Occidental,has turned out successful.

          Señoron and six others police officers were relieved yesterday by the Police Regional Office 18 from their positions, on orders of Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, Negros Island Region police director.

          Señoron said that, as a professional police officer, he will follow the order issued by PRO18.

          Also covered by the  relief order, were Supt. Edel Jose Manzano - Cadiz City police chief, Supt. PlacidoGentoleo - chief of the Bacolod City Police Office Investigation Detection Management Unit,  Supt. AntonietoCañete - former Himamaylan City police chief, Chief Inspector Edison Garcia,Chief Inspector Rocky Desear and PO1 Eric Alcosaba. moremoremore

4 senators joining HFCS inquiry


Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri yesterday said four senators have confirmed attendance at the April 10 Senate Committee on Agriculture inquiry on the  impact of the importation of high fructose corn syrup by beverage firmson the domestic sugar industry.

  This developed as workers began a sign ature campaign against Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol  and the  Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental president urged HRANO members not to serve products using HFCS.

  Zubiritold the DAILY STAR the  senators set to attend the hearing on April 10, aside from himself, are committee chair Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon and Sherwin Gatchalian. moremoremore


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Inmates cry foul as BJMP
inspects Bajumpandan jail

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the Negros Island Region conducted yesterday a surprise inspection at the Dumaguete City detention and rehabilitation center, which inmates described as a “violation” of their human rights.

            Detainees at the BJMP facility in Barangay Bajumpandan decried the inspection as violating their rights when they were awakened at dawn yesterday because of the surprise inspection of their cells.

            BJMP Region 18 director, Senior Supt. Henan Grande, brought along with him 50 or more jail guards armed with automatic rifles and hand guns for the conduct of a surprise Operation Greyhound or Operation Galugad to search for contraband items upon the instructions of the chief BJMP.