MERGE Bacolod City won the Retirement Haven Award at The Manila Times’ 3rd Philippine Model Cities and Municipalities at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila*


Killer of Ilog councilor
gets reclusion perpetua
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

After eight years of trial, the gunman, who killed then Ilog councilor Antonio “Karem” Gequillana Jr., was sentenced to reclusion perpetua, or a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, at the promulgation of the murder case at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City, yesterday.

Regional Trial Court, Branch 42 Judge Fernando Elumba, found Ryan Gatoc “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” for murder, and sentenced him to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua, a copy of the decision showed.

About four jail guards escorted the 40-year-old Gatoc in and out of the sala of Branch 42, that was jam-packed. He, however, did not issue any statement even after the verdict was already given. moremoremore


Bacolod wins model
city, two more awards
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod City was again adjudged as the Top Philippine Model City of The Manila Times’ 3rd Philippine Model Cities and Municipalities awarding rites.

Bacolod also won two special awards: Business-Friendly High Returns, and Retirement Haven.

The awarding ceremony was held at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila last night. moremoremore

 

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Hog prices up in NegOcc: PVO
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Prices of live hogs in Negros Occidental have increased, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

This was after his meeting with the buyers from Cebu and Negros Oriental, and raisers from Kabankalan City, at the Kabankalan demo farm.

“We negotiated to increase the buying price of live weight from P85 per kilo to P90 in the Kabankalan livestock auction market,” Decena said.

He said there was an agreement in the group over the hike, adding that the new price was implemented effective yesterday. One live hog is estimated to cost P9,000, he added.