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All agencies pursuing
elusive ‘drug leader’


All law enforcement agencies in Western Visayas, including Bacolod City, are going after Ramy Poja, an elusive drug group leader and a high-value target in the city, who hasrepeatedly escaped arrest by tossing grenades atthe police.

Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday that it is not only the BCPO that is hunting down Poja but the whole Police Regional Office-6, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Poja has escaped three times, always through his hand grenadestrategy at his residence in Sitio Sibucao, Barangay Banago in Bacolod. He did this on August 19, 2015, on July 19, 2016 and again last Saturday.moremoremore

February crime rate down 27%

The crime incidents in Bacolod City for February this year dropped by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2017, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday.

Ebreo said the crime volume for last month was only 229, with a decrease of 86 incidents, compared to the 315 in February last year.

He attributed the decrease in the crime incidents to the hard work and dedication of the police officers in the city, and to the studying of the modus operandi, crime clock, crime areas, and the adjustments to be made to prevent or solve crimes.moremoremore


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Baciwa holds in abeyance hike
in connection maintenance fee

The Board of Directors of the Bacolod City Water District approved a resolution last week to hold in abeyance the implementation of service connection maintenance fee, pending the opinion of the Local Water Utilities Administration and other government agencies on its query, Baciwa director Mona Dia Jardin said yesterday.

Jardin said their query regarding the increase or adjustment in SCMF was referred to the Legal Department of LWUA. While waiting for its opinion, they passed a resolution to hold its implementation in abeyance.

The resolution was approved unanimously on February 27 and the Board issued a directive to Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon to send a corresponding letter reply to the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod that had sought an explanation for the adjustment, she said.