MERGE DILG provincial officer Carmelo Orbista (right) and Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, supervise the donning of ranks to newly-promoted PNP personnel at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City yesterday.*

NPA assassinates
Isabela brgy chief

The New People’s Army last night owned the assassination of another barangay captain in Negros Island who was killed by four armed rebels in Brgy. Cabcab, Isabela in Negros Occidental, 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

Libas barangay chairman Rhoy Pagapang of Isabela, was the fourth barangay official to be killed in central Negros, within two months, police records show.

Senior Inspector Randy Babor, Isabela police officer-in-charge, said yesterday that Pagapang succumbed to seven gunshot wounds, including a fatal injury in the head. moremoremore

Drugs seized in Negros
came from Malaysia?

The supply of illegal drugs in Negros Island appears to have come from Malaysia based on information received by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Emerson Margate, PDEA-6 regional director, said yesterday.

The recent big hauls of shabu in Negros, including six kilos worth P72 million in San Carlos City, P5.1 million in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, and the two kilos or about P23.6 million in Dumaguete City had almost the same packaging, Margate said.

“Their packaging is almost the same, and they appear to have passed through the backdoor from Malaysia to Zamboanga Peninsula and were transported here,” Margate said. moremoremore


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NFA calibrates imported supply

The National Food Authority is calibrating the distribution of NFA imported rice to retailers in Negros Occidental with the schedule for the arrival of the additional 130,000 bags yet to be announced, Provincial Manager Frisco Canoy said yesterday.

Canoy told the DAILY STAR that for this year, another 130,000 bags or 6.5 metric tons were allocated for the province, out of the 250,000 MT or 5 million bags bought by the government from corporate firms outside the country.

The calibration is being implemented to ensure that more Negrenses could avail of the NFA well-milled rice sold at P27 per kilo, he added.