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Two meted life terms
for P300 shabu sale

Two more Bacolod residents were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the sale of shabu to a policeman in separate buy-bust operations.

Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 found Reynaldo Teraña Malde, alias Naldo Amo, 53, and Alfie Antipatia Untalan, 30, guilty of violating Section 5, Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 for the sale of drugs, in separate decisions.

Aside from life sentences, they were ordered to pay fines of P500,000 each. moremoremore

DENR will okay tree cutting
if DPWH meets requirements

Regional Director Jim Sampulna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas said yesterday that a permit to cut the trees along Abuanan Road inBago City can be issued after the Department of Public and Highways complies with requirements.

Sampulna said he was misquoted as having said no permit will be issued anymore, in a report published in a Manila newspaper.

“What I said is there should be proper consultation with the community so there would not be a public uproar. I will not issue a permit if there is no proper consultation”, he said. moremoremore


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Power outage, slow internet
hamper digital workforce

Power outage and access to stable internet connection outside Bacolod City are among the challenges that hamper the increase of the number of digital workforce in Negros Occidental, a Negrense leader for Information and Communications Technology development, and an online education company official said.

Executive director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue of the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology and vice president for Philippine Operations of 51 Talk, an English education company, Jennifer Que, said yesterday that the government and other IT stakeholders should address these challenges to ensure increase in digital workforce.

Que said that telecommunication companies in the country should improve internet connection and allow more communities to access it to give jobs, such as online English teaching.