MERGE SOCO personnel examine the cadavers of those killed in the police operations in Guihulngan City.* (ABS-CBN Bacolod photo)

6 killed, 16 arrested

Six persons were killed and 16 were apprehended yesterday in simultaneous police operations, assisted by the Philippine Army, in the campaign against loose firearms and illegal drugs in 25 towns and cities of Negros Oriental.

Senior Supt. Raul Tacaca, Negros Oriental provincial police director, said their Enhanced Management Police Operations simultaneous raids yielded 22 assorted firearms, as well explosives, as of yesterday afternoon.

Of the six persons who fought back against authorities during police operations, Tacaca said five of them died in Guihulngan City, while another one was killed in Santa Catalina, all in Negros Oriental. moremoremore

City police crackdown
on illegal pyrotechnics

The Philippine National Police-Civil Security Group 6 seized about P107,630 worth of firecrackers and pyrotechnics from a fireworks vendor at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City Wednesday for lack of permit to transport and proof of purchase from authorized dealer.

The items were confiscated from John Harley Vertudes during a proactive inspection conducted by the police unit led by Police Senior Insp. Jomil John Trio at about noon Wednesday at the display area at the Reclamation Area.

SPO1 Joshua Barile, RCSU-6 Firearms and Explosive Section head, yesterday said Vertudes had a business permit from the city but had no permit to transport from the warehouse to the kiosk or establishment, which is required of every dealer or retailer. moremoremore


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Piñol projects 2.5%
to 3.5% agri growth

Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol projected a positive 2.5 to 3.5 percent growth in the agriculture sector of the country in 2019, way above the national target of 2 percent, with crops and fisheries sectors expected to perform well with the interventions of the agency.

In his post on his Facebook page yesterday, Piñol said that with the interventions to be provided by DA next year, crops and fisheries sectors will perform well.

He said the rice industry is expected to post a record harvest of 20 million metric tons next year, mainly because of the Rice Tariffication Program that assures the rice sector P10 billion in additional funding every year.