RIBBON Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and adopted son of Bacolod Jose Mari Chan (5 th and 4 th from left) cut the ribbon to open the Chopsticks Alley at South Capitol Road in Bacolod City yesterday that marked the start of the 4-day Bacolaodiat Festival, with Alfredo Barcelona, Councilor Em Ang, Bacolaodiat chairperson Jennifer Ong, Councilor Cindy Rojas, Leonito Lopue, Councilor Bartolome Orola, and William Ong (l-r).* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )


Raids yield P4M
in fake cigarets
BY SHIELA GELERA

About P4 million worth of alleged fake cigarets were seized during a series of raids in barangays 35 and Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City, yesterday.

Operatives of the Bacolod Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Bureau of Internal Revenue-6, Special Weapons and Tactic Unit, and representatives from Philip Morris swooped down on the house of Adam Mangoda, 44, in Purok Mapinalanggaon, Barangay 35.

Six boxes of various kinds of cigarets were recovered from the house of Mangoda, police records show. . moremoremore

Drug personality,
ma get life terms
BY CARLA GOMEZ

A Bacolod judge sentenced a man tagged by the police as a “high-profile drug personality,” and a mother, to life imprisonment for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act yesterday.

Sentenced by Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of the Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 were Diamail Mama Bato, and Ma. Fe Mongcal Tomias.

Bato was charged for possession of 67.662 grams of shabu and drug paraphernalia at his residence at Fatima Heights Subdivision in Barangay Zone 12-A, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, on March 2, 2016. .moremoremore

 

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Basyang leaves P6.3 million
in rice damage in Neg. Occ.

Three cities in Negros Occidental reported damage on rice areas estimated at P6.3 million due to tropical storm Basyang that hit the province Tuesday and Wednesday.

Records from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist show that, as of yesterday, the cities of San Carlos, Cadiz, andBago reported rice crop damage worth P6,319,232 covering 615.25 hectares of 541 farmers in the two days that the typhoon hit Negros.

Bago, that has the biggest rice area in Negros Occidental, incurred the highest rice damage at P4,254,900 covering 411.40 has. of 338 farmers from 19 out of 24 barangays of the city. ..