MERGE Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran at the mass wedding of 220 couples at the Bacolod Government Center yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Armed men rob councilor’s kin
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

The brother of a Bacolod City councilor reported to the police that armed robbers entered his house in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, and robbed it of about P1.4 million in jewelry, gadgets, bags, and other personal belongings, at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The two-storey house is occupied by Dr. Carlitos Orola, who is the brother of Councilor Bartolome Orola and former Bacolod Rep. John Orola.

Police investigation showed that the doorbell of the house rang and when one of the house helpers went out to check, two armed men waiting outside the gate, threatened her with a gun of still unknown caliber, forcing her to open the gate, Police Maj. Charles Gever, Station 8 chief, said yesterday. moremoremore


Palace guarantees
Espenido protection

Malacañang yesterday guaranteed the protection of beleaguered Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, who is among the 357 policemen on President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug watch list.

Espenido was relieved as head of the Bacolod City Drug Enforcement Unit and as deputy city director for operations on February 5 after his name appeared on the president’s narcolist.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the President would ensure Espenido’s protection amid threats to his life. moremoremore

 

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Labor wary of ABS-CBN shutdown
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Labor leader Wennie Sancho reiterated his alarm over the inaction of the government on the franchise renewal of broadcast network ABS-CBN.

Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said yesterday that the issue of nullification is only warranted if the alleged violation of ABS-CBN would result in irreparable damage and would be grossly disadvantageous to the people.

He said ABS-CBN has provided the workers with vital information on labor issues, such as the issuance of wage orders, advisories, and updates on labor relations in Western Visayas.