MERGE K9 SWEEP. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Negros Occidental Provincial Office Airport Interdiction Unit conducted random paneling and a K9 sweeping operation at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City yesterday* (PDEA 6 photo)

Espenido relieved

Controversial policeman Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido has been relieved from the Bacolod City Police Office, Lt. Col. Joem Malong, public information officer of Police Regional Office-6, confirmed yesterday.

She said they received the order from the Philippine National Police headquarters yesterday.

The special order stated that Espenido, BCPO deputy director for operations and head of the City Drug Enforcement Unit, is to be transferred to the Office of the Chief PNP effective February 5. moremoremore

2 get life for P200 shabu sale

A Bacolod Regional Trial Court judge recently sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for selling drugs to policemen.

RTC Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier sentenced Ronnie Menciano Villanueva and Silvestre Maceda Nepumuceno to suffer the penalty of life imprisonment and to pay fines of P500,000 each for the sale of illegal drugs in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

They were also sentenced to 12 years and eight months as minimum to 17 years and eight months as maximum imprisonment for possession of dangerous drugs and to pay fines of P300,000 each. moremoremore


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Keep up with pork demand,
Decena urges swine raisers

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena urged the swine raisers to determine their capacity to keep up with the supply with the growing demand from local markets and neighboring provinces.

Decena, who joined the regular meeting of the Alliance of Hog Raisers Association in Negros Occidental Inc. yesterday, said that since the province remained free from the dreaded African swine fever virus, backyard raisers need to identify opportunities such as the coming in of potential buyers to meet the demands for pork in the local and national markets.

He said they also tackled the marketing impact of swine, especially the buying of live hogs, and operation of meat shops due to the effect of ASF threat in the neighboring provinces.