MERGE The Bacolod City Police Office personnel rejoicing upon being awarded for neutralizing the Poja Drug Group, with Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag* (SSG photo)

Cops awarded for valor

Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Western Visayas police director, yesterday awarded personnel of the Bacolod City Police Office for neutralizing the Poja Drug Group in Sitio Sibucao, Purok Rosas Pandan in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, Thursday, and warned other drug suspects that they would be next.

“They (the awardees) inspired me more than I can inspire them,” said Binag, who congratulated them for a job well done.

The 15-hour police operation against the members of the drug group resulted in the death of top drug personality, Ramy Poja, his relative Roberto Lim, who is also a high-value target, and the wounding of four persons, including Senior Insp. Victor Paulino, chief of Police Station 3. moremoremore

Lightning kills 4, four injured, too

Four sugarcane workers died on the spot and four others were injured when lightning struck at Hacienda Carmen, Barangay DSB in Pontevedra town, Negros Occidental, at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

This is the fourth deadly lightning incident in Negros Occidental since last month.

Lightning has already killed seven persons and injured 28 more in Sipalay, Cadiz, and Bago Cities in Negros Occidental recently. moremoremore


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Senators want to suspend
TRAIN excise tax on fuel

ILOILO CITY - Senators Grace Poe, JV Ejercito, and Nancy Binay pushed for the suspension of the excise tax on fuel, brought about by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN law, to arrest the rising inflation rate.

Poe noted that the Philippine inflation rate reached a five-year high at 4.5 percent in April 2018, which is higher than the government’s inflation target range of 2 percent to 4 percent for the whole year.

“Our inflation rate increased by more than four percent and there is a prediction that by early July, there will be a six percent inflation rate,” she said in a media interview.