MERGE Bacolod City police director, Col. Henry Biñas (2nd from left), with Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, Investigation and Detection Management Unit chief Maj. Ariel Artillero, and operations chief Maj. Lester Leada (l-r) at a press conference at the Bacolod City Police Office, yesterday* (SGG photo)


3 fugitives surrender;
Policemen disarmed
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

Three of the four fugitives, some facing raps for possession of P9.1 million in shabu, who bolted from the male custodial facility of Police Station 3 in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, surrendered to the authorities, yesterday.

Ely Lorence Sazon, 20, of Purok Mahimulaton in Barangay Banago, Bacolod, voluntarily surrendered to Station 3, at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, a police report said.

More than an hour later, Sazon’s companion, Sunny Capa, 22, also of Purok Mahimulaton, turned himself in to the personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Negros Occidental. moremoremore


Crime rates in Bacolod,
Negros Occidental drop
BY SHIELA G. GELERA / GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The crime rate in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental dropped last year compared to 2018, the police said yesterday.

The crime volume in Bacolod City for 2019 dropped by 35 percent compared to the same period in 2018, Police Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office director, said yesterday.

From January 1 to December 31, 2019, the police recorded 1,832 crime incidents, while there were 2,836 in the same period in 2018, Biñas said. moremoremore

 

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WV inflation accelerates to 2.2%
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The inflation rate in Western Visayas accelerated from 1.4 percent to 2.2 percent in December, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

After months of slowing down, the national headline also showed an increase to 2.5 percent from 1.3 percent in November, PSA said.

The uptrend in inflation in December was mainly brought by a higher annual increment recorded in the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages index.