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Silay couple nabbed
with P18M in ‘shabu'

An estimated P18 million worth of suspected shabu was recovered yesterday by the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives from an alleged drug pusher from Silay, Negros Occidental, during a buy-bust operation on Sunday in Dumangas town, Iloilo.

Arrested were Jose Alberto Pinaga, 32, and his live-in partner, Maebelle Belmonte, 30, both residents of Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City.

Supt. Gilbert Gorero, Public Information Officer of the Police Regional Office 6, yesterday said that Pinaga and Belmonte, on board a rented vehicle, with their minor child, were about to board a vessel bound for Negros Occidental, when the buy-bust operation was conducted. moremoremore

2 injured in buy-bust shooting

Two persons were wounded in a firefight with the police during a buy-bust operation, that yielded 12 sachets of suspected shabu and marijuana at Zone 5, AbadaEscay, in Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod City, at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Francis Bravo, alias “Aprang”, 28, of Barangay Estefania in Bacolod, and Jimmy Deker, 31, of Barangay Vista Alegre, sustained gunshot wounds on their shoulders and were brought to the Corazon LocsinMontelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, a police report said yesterday.

Investigation showed that policemen from stations 5 and 7 conducted a buy-bust operation against HenjieMosquida, 40, of Barangay Vista Alegre. .moremoremore


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Contractors urged to renew
license under new PCAB reso

Trade and industry development specialist Jonathan Tejida of the Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental yesterday reminded local contractors for government projects in Bacolod and the province to renew their registration of contracts starting next month, as the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board has adjusted the financial requirements for it this year.

Tejida said contractors should start to renew their licenses based on the new adjustments made by PCAB this year, with an increased minimum networth/equity for license categorization.

A resolution of PCAB said the minimum financial requirement has not been changed for about 13 years now and the existing networth requirements are no longer responsive to present needs, considering the magnitude of projects of public and private owners..