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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, June 14, 2007
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Burglars steal cash, ransack post office
Dumaguete eyes hospital annex
Police goes after vandals
Stop tampering with legal holidays

Burglars steal cash,
ransack post office

Unidentified suspects ransacked the Philippine Postal Office in Dumaguete and carted away more than P200,000 in cash during the weekend, police reports said.

PPC district supervisor Benito Quiroz told the DAILY STAR, the suspects must have entered the back portion of the building with the use of ropes, and by cutting the iron door and destroying the padlocks. The suspects opened the drawers and lockers, and tore up one Social Security System check, and two packages but their contents are intact, investigation disclosed.

It added that the burglars opened several drawers until they found the cashier's room at the second floor where the money was kept. There they destroyed the steel cabinet and the vault, probers said.

Dumaguete eyes hospital annex

The construction of a City Hospital Annex at the provincial hospital compound is more logical and practical for Dumaguete City than establishing its own hospital, Negros Oriental State University president Dr. Henry Sojor said.

Sojor said he discussed the matter recently with Councilor Noel de Jesus, a member of the city health board. He said running a city hospital entails a huge amount of money. Sojor said he believes the Oriental Negros government will not make it hard for the city to acquire an annex for city patients, because Dumaguete it still part of the province.

Meanwhile, the construction of a P10-million "lying in" building is expected before the year ends.

Police goes after vandals

City police director Supt. Dionardo Carlos claimed recently that the days of persons responsible in vandalizing private and public places in Dumaguete City are numbered.

Carlos said he has directed the intelligence branch of the Dumaguete Philippine National Police to double their efforts in catching what he called as the "spray painters," and file charges against them.

He said three "hip-hop" gangs have acceded to their call and leaders of "Crips," "Bloods," "BK," and "Banana Republic," among others, have volunteered to clean up the walls of spray paints.

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