MERGE Moises Padilla Councilor Agustin Grande III (4th from right) and Joe Cezar (right), a member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team, during the inquest proceedings at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office in Bacolod City, yesterday.* (MPE photo)

30 face ambush raps
but councilor released

Thirty suspects, including a town councilor, are now facing criminal charges after they were linked to the ambush and murder of reelectionist Moises Padilla Councilor Michael Garcia and his uncle, Mark Garcia .

Col. Romeo Baleros, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office , said that charges for m urder , double murder , and attempted murder , depending on the suspect’s participation, were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Bacolod City last night.

He said seven suspects were identified, two of whom have been arrested, and 23 are John Does. moremoremore

Comelec control
sought, bounty now P2M

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Centerfiled official requests yesterday for the Commission on Elections en banc to place Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental under Comelec control, following an ambush on Thursday that left a councilor and his uncle dead.

Also increased to P2 million yesterday was the bounty for information that would lead to the arrest of the assailants of Moises Padilla Councilor Jose Antonio “Michael” Garcia and his uncle, Jose Marcelino “Mark” Garcia, in Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said he and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson are adding P1 million to the bounty for the arrest of the killers offered by the governor and former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer on Thursday. moremoremore


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‘Drug-free workplace’ pushed

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Labor and Employment have forged a partnership to promote a drug-free workplace in private companies and establishments in Western Visayas.

Alex Tablate, director of PDEA Region 6, said their program will not only promote a drug-free workplace, but will also educate employees on the ill-effects of illegal drugs. They will also enforce random drug tests in the establishments, he added.

He said this is an initiative of the two agencies to see to it that employees will not engage in illegal drug activities, and to implement a safe and drug-free environment in the workplace.