MERGE OPENING. Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (6th and 5th from left) lead the slicing of the lamb to officially open the Kaon Na Ta Food and Travel Festival yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

‘NPA assassins’ kill
deputy police chief

Two motorcycle riding suspects, believed to be New People’s Army assassins, shot and killed a police commissioned officer yesterday at the poblacion of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Senior Supt. Raul Tacaca, provincial police director of Negros Oriental, yesterday identified the victim as Senior Inspector Porferio Gabuya, deputy police chief for Operations of the Guihulngan City Police Station.

Gabuya, of Cebu City, was declared dead on arrival at the Guihulngan District Hospital, Tacaca said. moremoremore

Huelar released from jail

A former basketball star and barangay captain in Bacolod City and his companion who were both arrested in a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency buy-bust operation inside an inn at Liroville Subdivision in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, in 2016, have been released after they availed of a plea bargaining agreement.

This was confirmed yesterday by Norberto Miciano Jr., warden of the Metro Bacolod District Jail-Male Dormitory Annex in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod, where Manuel “Maui” Huelar Jr. and Christian Joseph Mijares, have been detained for about two years.

Huelar, former head of Barangay 35, was released Friday, two days after the release also of Mijares, Miciano said. moremoremore


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1st batch of Negrenses finishes
NOLITC’s medical billing course

The first batch of Negrenses who took the medical billing course graduated yesterday at the government-run Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center, that aims to produce local talents for the Healthcare Information Management (HIM) industry and attract more investors, NOLITC Administrator Cristina Orbecido said yesterday.

Orbecido said that this is a program of the provincial government to produce local talents for HIM as there is a need to attract more investors under the Knowledge Process Outsourcing that requires a non-voice skill.

The 19 Negrenses who took the medical billing course are part of the 101 who graduated from NOLITC yesterday. Others took English Language Proficiency (ELP) Batch 67, with 22 graduates, ELP 68 with 17, 2D Animation with 20, and ELP 69 with 23.