MERGE Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, outgoing Western Visayas police director, receives a medal from Police Director Rolando Felix, DIPO-Visayas chief, as his successor, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao (right), looks on.*


Ex-army nabbed in buy bust
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

An ex-army man and his wife were arrested with about P120,000 worth of suspected shabu in a buy-bust operation in Purok Coca-Cola, Barangay 7 in Bacolod City, at about 3 a.m. yesterday.

Members of the City Drug Enforcement Unit and Station 2 who conducted the operation, arrested Patricia Gonzaga and Jimmy Gonzaga, a police report said.

The CDEU had been monitoring the couple, who were allegedly selling shabu to casino-goers, the police said. moremoremore


Lacson – Ferrer tandem looms
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Will it be Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for governor of Negros Occidental, and former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer for vice-governor in the 2019 elections?

There is a big possibility in that, Negros Occidental Board Member Salvador Escalante, the secretary general of the United Negros Alliance (UNegA), said.

Lacson, who already signified his intention to run for governor in next year’s election, is a member of Love-Negros, that is headed by Rep. Alfredo Benitez, while Ferrer belongs to UNegA. moremoremore

 

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RTWPB deliberates today
on P150 wage hike petition
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Alliance of labor groups in Negros Occidental hope that there will be no resistance to the approval of the additional P150 in the minimum wage in Western Visayas as the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board starts deliberations on it in Bacolod City at around 3 p.m. today.

RTWPB head and Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment Johnson Cañete confirmed to the DAILY STAR that tomorrow, that is four weeks after the last public hearing will be the start of the deliberation of the wage board.

Wennie Sancho, one of the labor representatives in the wage board said, he will resist the reduction of the P150 wage hike during the deliberation, as this substantial increase is necessary amid the continuous hike on prices of goods and fuel.