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85 cops linked to drugs


Eighty-five policemen in Negros Occidental have been linked to illegal drugs, police records showed yesterday.

Of the 85 police personnel, 25 were declared AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) and dismissed from the police service, 20 others had been re-assigned, while 40 have been placed under surveillance.

The number rose from five to 85, after Oplan Tokhang started in the second semester of 2016 until last year, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office further showed.moremoremore

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transshipment point: Castil


Negros Occidental is not a supplier of illegal drugs, only a transshipment point, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director said yesterday.

The drug victims are mainly consumers, Castil said.

In his briefing on the state of the drug problem in Negros Occidental with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Castil said that of the 1,948 suspected drug peddlers 562 have been arrested, 1,189 surrendered, while 197 are now being monitored and are subject of police operations.moremoremore


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OPA eyeing rice yield hike

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist will conduct more intensive extension work around Negros Occidental through its city and municipal agriculturists, to achieve the five metric ton per hectare mark in rice yield in the province.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday that more programs for local agriculturists and extension workers will be implemented to help more farmers to increase rice productivity.

He earlier said that last year, rice sufficiency in the province was at 90 to 94 percent. He said yesterday that the average yield per hectare of rice farmers in Neg. Occ. is only at 4MT.