MERGE Mayor Evelio Leonardia (left), assisted by Rep. Greg Gasataya (right) and other city officials, award Rizalino Dela Peña Jr., Rex Delina, Ronie Llanto, Peque Gallaga (represented by his son Jubal Gallaga), Joel “Bagguer” Villaluz Sr., and Rowie Bermejo (l-r) the mayor’s special citation.*

P11.7M in shabu seized

About P11.7 million worth of suspected shabu was seized from four persons in buy-bust operations in Bacolod City Wednesday and yesterday.

The police seized P11.6 million in “shabu” from a young couple at their rented apartment at 102 Street, Greenplains Subdivision in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

Joy Diamante, 18, and her boyfriend, Rafael Cantuar, 23, of Purok Langis in Barangay Banago, were nabbed with 211 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, weighing 1,055 grams and with an estimated street value of P11,605,000, P2,000 in marked money, another sachet of suspected shabu that was the buy-bust item, a big black case, and P1,850 in cash proceeds. moremoremore

Don’t underestimate Covid,
Charter Day speaker warns

Infectious disease specialist, Dr. Dolores Rommela Tiples-Ruiz, yesterday cautioned Bacolodnons not to underestimate the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as she challenged them to be vigilant in overcoming the pandemic.

She also called on the people to stop misinformation.

Ruiz, who was guest of honor and speaker at the 82nd Charter Day program of Bacolod City, said the virus has currently affected 8 million people worldwide even afflicting rich nations. The Philippines has diagnosed over 26,000 cases and recorded more than 1,000 deaths. moremoremore


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Terminate JVA on Danding’s
lands in NegOcc, TFM urges

Task Force Mapalad is appealing to the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Office of the President to finalize the termination of the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) covering lands owned by the late Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco in Negros Occidental.

In a letter of condolence to the family of Cojuangco yesterday, farmer leaders and legal counsels of the TFM said the JVA termination would enable the 1,756 agrarian reform beneficiaries to completely control and directly manage the 4,654 hectares of agricultural lands in Negros Occidental which have long been legally awarded to them.

“Danding’s 1998 promise to his farmworkers of better incomes and therefore quality of lives of their families through this joint agribusiness venture — which was formalized in 2005 through the creation of the South Negros Joint Venture Corporation — instead of direct management of their lands through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform was an empty promise from the onset,” the letter, furnished the DAILY STAR, stressed.