MERGE NATURE’S SHOW. Dusk beckons with amazing colors in Barangay Balaring, Silay City, Negros Occidental* (Nic Ledesma photo)

NBI nabs cop for extortion

A retiring police officer in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, is in hot water for alleged violation of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and for extortion, under the Revised Penal Code.

SPO1 Roberto Abadiano, 55, of Bayawan City, was accused of these crimes following an entrapment operation conducted by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation yesterday morning.

This was after he allegedly demanded P50,000 from a radio commentator he arrested in Bayawan City in 2012, for violation of the Comelec gun ban. moremoremore

NPA rebels injure
detachment head

An Army detachment commander was injured when an isolated military outpost was harassed by two suspected New People’s Army rebels in Sitio Bugtong Kahoy, Brgy. Asia, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

Army SSgt. Ricky Ignacio was hit in his hips. However, he is now in a stable condition, Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said last night.

Ignacio was next to a police officer, who was also injured, in a previous incident of harassment staged and claimed by the NPA in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, last month. moremoremore


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New hotel to rise in Bacolod

Another hotel in Bacolod will rise in 2020 and will be integrated with a mall and convention center in the city.

SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. vice president for Marketing, Neil Rumbaoa, announced in a press conference yesterday that a Park Inn by Radisson Hotel will be built beside the SMX Convention Center and SM City Bacolod mall in Bacolod, and is targeted to be finished by the third quarter of 2020.

It will be a 6-storey hotel with 153 rooms. The hotel will complement the convention center and the mall, similar to how other SMHC developments were designed, Rumbaoa said.