MERGE Captured NPA officials and the seized items, including firearms, recovered from them* (Sagay PNP photo)

Police nab ‘top rebel’, companion

An alleged top ranking official of the New People’s Army in Negros Island, who is facing string of murder and frustrated murder charges in court, and his companion, were   arrested by the police and Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Sitio Linasgasan, Brgy. Bato, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Thursday night.

Nabbed was Lorenzo Ferolino, also known as Tisoy, Jamil and Victor, who is facing five murder cases and a frustrated murder charge in court, Chief Inspector Antonio Benitez, Sagay City police officer-in-charge, said yesterday.

The capture of Ferolino and his companion, identified as Clydie Sabete, both of Brgy. Washington, Escalante City, who were on board a Honda XRM 125 motorcycle, yielded a .45 caliber pistol with ammunition, a fragmentation grenade, a .22 caliber Black Widow revolver, medicine, P4,860 in cash, a motorcycle, belongings and subversive documents, Benitez said. moremoremore

Fishing boat rammed,
two Bacoleños missing

A Bacolod fisherman was rescued, while the search for his two companions continued yesterday after their fishing boat was rammed by an unidentified vessel at Iguana Bank off Guimaras 11 p.m. Thursday.

Rescued was Erwin Mansueto, 54, while missing are Lupin Desposo, 43, and Sixto Tiangao, 30, of Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City, Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica, Philippine Coast Guard - Western Visayas spokesman, said.

Mansueto told the Coast Guard he and his companions were fishing in the waters off Guimaras when an unidentified vessel rammed into their motorbanca “Nikko" causing it to break and capsize, Palabrica said. moremoremore


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‘Bacolod could become key
area for residential projects’

Research firm Colliers sees Bacolod becoming a key provincial location for residential projects this year, with the start of township developments of real-estate giants.

Based on its 2019 residential sector projections, Colliers said that lack of fully-developed master-planned community in Bacolod had hampered the growth of businesses and real-estate in the city, but it will change with projects, like that of Megaworld and Ayala Corp.

“With these township developments, we expect the growth of the condominiums alongside the rise of office space-BPO ready buildings,” Colliers-Philippines research manager Joey Bondoc said in an e-mail Thursday.