MERGE Col. Romeo Baleros – Negros Occidental police director, Capt. Cenon Pancito III – Army 3ID public affairs officer, and Col. Benliner Capili – CIDG 6 regional director (l-r), at a press conference at the provincial police headquarters in Bacolod City Friday, where items allegedly seized from offices of progressive groups were shown.* (CPG photo)

Non-bailable raps set
vs. arrested militants
Warrants authorized: SC

Law enforcers who arrested 57 persons, including 14 minors, in five raids on offices and residences of progressive groups in Bacolod and Escalante cities in Negros Occidental Thursday and Friday, are set to file charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and qualified human trafficking against them.

The charges for the non-bailable offenses are expected to be filed against those arrested in Bacolod before the Bacolod City Prosecution Office today, Capt. Cenon Pancito, Army 3ID public affairs officer, said yesterday.

The raids were conducted on the strength of search warrants for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition issued by Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos Villavert of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City. moremoremore

Montilla files MR on 8-year jail term

Sipalay Vice Mayor Oscar Montilla has filed a motion for reconsideration to the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division ruling sentencing him to 8 years imprisonment for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corruption Act, and to suffer perpetual disqualification from public office.

“We believe that Montilla exhibited gross negligence in delaying the implementation of the Ombudsman’s suspension order” on four Sipalay City employees, the decision said.

The decision against Montilla was promulgated October 11 and he filed an additional P30,000 bail on the same day. moremoremore


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NegOcc eyeing permanent ban
on pork imports from ASF areas

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is hoping to pass an ordinance that will prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other African swine fever-affected areas to the province, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Members of the Provincial ASF task force, led by its chairman, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, met on Thursday to finalize the ordinance to be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan this week.

Decena, who co-chairs the task force, said the ordinance will further strengthen the campaign of the provincial government to keep the province free from the dreaded ASF virus, as it will also involve local chief executives in its implementation.