MERGE Victorias Milling Company president Minnie Chua, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, VMC Chairman Wilson Young, senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Cynthia Villar, DOE Undersecretary Benito Ranque and Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca (l-r) at the inauguration of the P2 billion 40MW Biomass power plant in Victorias City.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


‘Duterte at MPadilla
security meet today’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte is joining a command conference on the security situation in Negros Occidental and Oriental in Moises Padilla town today.

Moises Padilla was placed under Comelec control Monday following the killing of Councilor Michael Garcia and his uncle, Mark Garcia, former Moises Padilla Liga ng mga Barangay president, in an ambush on their campaign convoy by an armed group in  Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla, on April 25.

Clearing operations were underway in the town yesterday for the arrival of the president, a source said. moremoremore


Cops nab mayor’s 3 escorts
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Three security escorts of a town mayor were arrested yesterday by the police in simultaneous raids in Isabela, Negros Occidental, for alleged illegal possession of firearms.

The raids in barangays 8, 9, Libas and Tinongan, all in Isabela, Negros Occidental, that were initiated by the intelligence operatives of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, and troopers of the 1st and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Companies by virtue of search warrants issued by Judge Mila Yap Camiso, led to the arrest of Florentino Lopio, Alexander Ferrer and Niel Larido.

Maj. Edison Garcia, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that the simultaneous police operations also yielded three .45 caliberpistols with five magazines, 77 ammunition for .45 caliber and 9mm pistols, two magazines for Thompson sub machine gun, and nine empty shells of a M-16 rifle, and an expired gun license of Lopio. moremoremore

 

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WV inflation dips to 2.7% in April
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The inflation rate in Western Visayas further decelerated in the month of April, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

The inflation rate of the region went down to 2.7 percent from 3.3 percent in March. Its average was among the lowest in the country, placing it fifth of all the 17 regions.

It is also lower than the national average that slightly slowed down to 3 percent from 3.3 percent in March. According to the PSA, this is the lowest inflation posted since January 2018.