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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Saturday, March 26, 2011
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FAREWELL TO THE CHIEF.  A phalanx of Bacolod policemen salute as the body of their former chief, Gen. Arcadio Lozada, is carried  by top police officials to his  grave  at the  Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Bacolod City yesterday*

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Molested mother
was buried alive


The 37-year-old mother of five, who was molested and whose body was found in a ricefield in a hinterland barangay of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, was just unconscious when she was buried.

That was the confession of rape-slay suspect, Omar Catalan, 22, who was arrested yesterday by a combined team of government militiamen and soldiers of the 12th Infantry (Cadre) Battalion in Brgy. Siwahon 2, Sagay City.

In an interview with MBC Aksyon Radyo, Catalan admitted that he waylaid and punched Margarita Decosta in the abdomen, and molested her while she was unconscious, in Sitio Alimatok, Brgy. Celestino Villacin in Cadiz City, on March 23.moremoremore

Azkals beat
Bangladesh, 3-0

For the first time in recent Philippine football history, the Filipinos advanced from the group stages to secure a slot in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup after convincingly beating Bangladesh, 3-0, yesterday in their final game at the Bogyoke Aung San Stadium in Myanmar.

Ian Araneta scored the Azkals’ first goal five minutes before halftime to set the tone of victory for the Philippine side.

New recruit Spain-born forward Angel Guirado made it 2-0 ten minutes in the second half then sealed the win with another goal in the 80th minute.moremoremore

2 Negros jai-alai
bet stations close

Jai-alai betting stations in Escalante City and Calatrava town in Negros Occidental have stopped operating – for now.

The Games and Amusement Board on March 3 ordered the Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. to close down all its off-fronton betting stations around the country, GAB Chair Juan Ramon Guanzon confirmed last night.

However, Meridien contested GAB’s authority to regulate jai-alai and went to court to get a temporary restraining order, he said.moremoremore

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