MERGE WINNER. Tribu ALIDOBAY, composed of barangays Alijis, Doldol and Bayabas, was the overall champion in the 14th Pasundayag Festival held yesterday to mark the town fiesta of Valladolid in Negros Occidental.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

City CIDG chief faces
dismissal for ‘extortion’

Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, issued a directive yesterday for the dismissal of Maj. Melvin Madrona, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod City, who was arrested in an entrapment operation at a cockpit in Hacienda Guanzon, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Thursday.

Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in Visayas, Special Action Force and Regional Intelligence Division nabbed Madrona and his civilian companion Jay-R dela Cruz, 40, a cockfighting fowl handler, in an entrapment operation inside the cockpit arena after they received P5,000 in marked money from the complainant at about 5:35 p.m. Thursday, a report of P/Col. Ronald Lee, PNP-IMEG director, to Gamboa said.

Lee ordered the conduct of a sting operation following a complaint from the owners of the Ztrip Zone KTV Bar located at the Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod. moremoremore

Four meted life terms
for sale of drugs

Four Negrenses, including a mother, were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the sale of illegal drugs at prices ranging from P200 to P500.

Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Henry Paul Javier Bombati, Remo Villarna, Rogie Hermoso and Merla Callao Aropio guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the sale of shabu in violation Republic Act 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, in four separate decisions.

Bombati, alias Bingo, 19, was found guilty for the sale .1136 gram of shabu to a police poseur-buyer in Purok Masinadyahon, Barangay 12, Bacolod, on March 22, 2019, for P500. moremoremore


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Noneco power rates drop further

The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative has continued to drop its power rates for February.

Paul Almedelia, Noneco corporate planning department manager, said that the rate for this month has decreased by P0.8080, from January’s billing of P11.0312 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to P10.223 per kWh.

He attributed the drop to the P0.4520 decrease in the generation cost due to the low spot market or the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market price, as well as the P0.0923 decrease in the transmission cost and system loss charge.