MERGE An operative trying to calm Maj. Melvin Madrona down when he became aggressive after he said the operating team refused to allow him to get a lawyer or use his phone* (SGG photo)

City CIDG chief nabbed

Maj. Melvin Madrona, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod City, was arrested for alleged extortion in an entrapment operation at a cockpit in Hacienda Guanzon, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, last night.

Madrona, who has been assigned as CIDG Bacolod chief for only about a month, was arrested following a complaint that he was extorting P5,000 a week, hotel accommodations, food and airfare from an owner of a KTV bar, in exchange for his teams not raiding the establishment for selling alcoholic beverages, a source told the media last night.

The complainant first gave P5,000 in cash to Madrona, of the initial P10,000 he asked for, on February 20. However, he again asked for another P5,000 yesterday. moremoremore

Bing: Ban on vessels from China
has minimal effect on economy

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said he believes that the total ban on the entry of all vessels coming from China, Hong Kong and Macau at any Bacolod seaport to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city will have very minimal impact on the local economy.

“Probably it could affect some sectors, but considering that, it does not mean that we have closed ourselves to the whole world. We have other sources of supply. We are only preventing sea vessels coming from China from docking,” he said.

MV Unicorn Bravo, a cargo ship from Xiamen, China, carrying 3,300,000 MT of ammonium sulphate with 19 crewmen on board arrived in the waters near the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) port 10:56 p.m. Monday and the Philippine Coast Guard prevented it from docking. moremoremore


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Duterte meets with Lacson,
officials from ASF-free areas

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, along with other governors and mayors who have banned the entry of pigs and pork products from African Swine Fever (ASF)-hit areas as a deterrent, were invited by President Rodrigo Duterte to a meeting in Malacañang.

The President called us to the meeting on Tuesday to discuss the bans imposed, hear our sides, and to inform us that a national policy on the matter would be issued, Lacson said yesterday.

The local executives from the ASF-free areas explained to the president that the bans were necessary to protect their local hog industries, especially the small backyard growers.