MERGE The body of drug suspect Jinnefer Mercader being retrieved from a cockfarm in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, yesterday* (Leo Medel/DYHB Tatak RMN photo)

Cops kill ‘drug kingpin’
from Cebu in shootout

A High Value Individual (HVI) drug personality from Region 7 died in a shoot-out with policemen and operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during a manhunt operation in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, 7:30 a.m. yesterday.

Killed on the spot was Jinnefer Mercader, 43, a former barangay chairman of Lugo in Borbon town, Cebu, and who escaped from the Medellin District Jail, on March 5, 2019, PLt. John Paul Tabujara, Murcia police officer-in-charge, said.

Tabujara said they recovered a .45 caliber pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun from the encounter site. moremoremore

Mayor seeks Bacolod
downgrade to GCQ

Mayor Evelio Leonardia asked Health Secretary Francisco Duque yesterday to de-escalate Bacolod City’s quarantine status from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine to the less stringent General Community Quarantine effective Thursday.

Leonardia in his letter to Duque, chairman of the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said the city government has already instituted several measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“These are being undertaken under a centralized system at our Emergency Operations Center, with the guidance and close supervision of IATF Chief Implementer for Visayas, retired major general Melquiades Feliciano, resulting to a downtrend in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks,” the mayor said. moremoremore


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Palace stands by order on wearing
of face shields in workplaces: spox

Malacañang yesterday stood by the order to require the wearing of face shields and the establishment of isolation rooms in workplaces amid the Covid-19, stressing that the fight against the pandemic is a “shared responsibility.”

In a virtual Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the remark after business groups asked to exempt factory and office workers from wearing face shields.

Roque said he did not find the wearing of face shields “unreasonable” because their prices have significantly dropped.