MERGE STARTING POINT. Kilometer 00 of Negros Occidental starts in front of the Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod City, and TC 7 means Talisay City is 7 kilometer away from the marker.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Robbers linked to drugs

The culprits behind the recent string of robbery incidents in Bacolod City are into illegal drugs, Police Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod police director, said yesterday.

Biñas said that these personalities, who are members of an organized crime group, are trying to divert the focus of the police as the series of anti-illegal drug operations have hurt their operations.

“Their drug trade is affected. If we look at the volume of drugs confiscated now compared to before, it is less, unlike before when it reached millions,” Biñas said. moremoremore

End deal with Villar firm

AmligTubig, an alliance of concerned water consumers, reiterated its call on the Bacolod City Water District to end its negotiations with Prime Water Infrastructure Inc. in order to spare the people of Bacolod City from what they perceive to be a bad deal.

The group expressed its apprehension over the joint venture agreement with Prime Water owned by the Villar family, saying that the turn-over of the whole operation of Baciwa (financing, development, rehabilitation, expansion, improvement, operation and maintenance of water supply and septage management system) to the former is practically privatizing the whole water district.

Baciwa director Mona Dia Jardin, in an interview, said this is not privatization but a contractual joint venture (between Baciwa and Prime Water). They are binded by the joint venture agreement (JVA) and that Baciwa will retain its identity as a Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (OGCC). moremoremore


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WV inflation 2nd highest in PH

Inflation in the Western Visayas in February, that went up slightly from 3.2 percent in January to 3.3 percent, was the second highest among the regions in the country, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed yesterday.

This is contrary to the national headline, that dropped from 2.9 percent in January to 2.6 percent in the previous month, the PSA said.

The PSA said food inflation decelerated on slower price increases of meat, fish, and vegetables while rice and corn inflation also remained negative in February.