MERGE FRESH FROM THE SEA. Fishing boats dock at the municipal fish port in Brgy. Asia, Hinoba-an, in Negros Occidental to unload their early morning catch* (Gilbert P. Bayoran photo)


Duterte questions visit
to ambushed councilor

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

“Well, it seems to me that, at the very least, he’s a protector cop.”

That is how President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday described Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, whom he had fired as Bacolod police director, for allegedly “enabling” the proliferation of illegal drugs in Bacolod City.

Duterte fired Ebreo and four other cops, and also linked Bacolod Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan to the illegal drug trade in his speech at the birthday party of Leo Rey Yanson, Vallacar Transit president and chief executive officer, at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, Saturday. moremoremore


Digong apologized: VG
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

President Rodrigo Duterte apologized at a private birthday party, prior to his linking five police officers and a councilor to illegal drugs in his speech, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

Lacson, who attended the birthday party of Leo Rey Yanson, president and chief executive officer of Vallacar Transit Inc., on Jan. 12 at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, quoted President Duterte as saying “I do not wish to sour up the celebration, but I have to manifest this”.

Then the president started making the announcement, Lacson said. moremoremore

 

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Baciwa to be asked to explain
proposal of Prime Water: dad
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. yesterday said he will continue to oppose any attempt to privatize the Bacolod City Water District.

Gamboa said he received a letter from Baciwa yesterday, informing him that the Board of Directors has accepted the unsolicited proposal of Prime Water for a 25-year joint venture contract involving the financing, development, rehabilitation, expansion, improvement, operation and maintenance of the water supply system and septage.

He said he will invite the Baciwa management to appear before the Sanggunian to shed light on the matter.