MERGE The police seal off the area where drug group leader Ramy Poja and his relative were killed in a police operation in Sitio Sibucao, Purok Rosas Pandan in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, yesterday.* (SSG photo)


Drug lord, kin killed
Police chief among 4 injured in 15-hour operation
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

A drug group leader and his relative were killed, while four others were injured, including a police official, in a 15-hour hot-pursuit operation to neutralize the Poja Drug Group in Sitio Sibucao, Purok Rosas Pandan in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, yesterday.

Ramy Poja, 36, who had pending warrants of arrest for gun and drugs charges, was killed at 4:30 p.m., the police said. He had escaped authorities pursuing him in the past by tossing grenades at them in 2015, 2016, and in February this year.

Poja, the leader of the Poja Drug Group, was ranked as number one most wanted person of Police Station 3, and he was tagged by the police as one of the drug lords in Bacolod and in Western Visayas. moremoremore


PNP disarms cop
for shooting minor
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

A police officer who shot and injured a minor near Robinsons Place Bacolod in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, at about 2:50 a.m. yesterday, was disarmed for the ongoing investigation.

Police Officer 3 Jully Gabaran, assigned at Station 3, is now under restriction in order not to influence the probe, Senior Insp. Armilyn Vargas, Bacolod City Police Office, said.

He was disarmed of his Glock17 9mm pistol, records show.

The 16-year-old boy was an outpatient at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Vargas said. moremoremore

 

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Bacolod eyed as ‘ground zero’
for PH blockchain technology

BY MARK L. GARCIA

Can local talents and fresh graduates keep up with the global demand of digitalization?

For executives of two IT companies based in Singapore and Manila, this would be possible if new innovations, like blockchain technology, are integrated to the academic institutions in Bacolod, to make the city a prime area for this digital innovation called the “software technology of the future”.

Both the Ethereum World and DynaQuest Technology Services chief executive officers said yesterday that blockchain will change the landscape of the Business Process Outsourcing industry in the future, and Bacolod should be the first in the country to prepare the new generation of programmers for what is ahead of them in terms of the global digitalization.