Man stabbed dead for theft
of fighting cock in Bacolod
Because of a fighting cock, a man stabbed his friend to death for allegedly stealing it, in Purok Maanyag 2, Brgy. Alijis in Bacolod City, at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The fatality, who was identified as Jose Joey Barilla, 32, succumbed to nine stab wounds, Senior Insp. Jose Mulleta, Station 7 chief, said.
Police investigation showed that an argument ensued between Barilla and Chito Olita, 32, for the alleged theft of his fighting cock. Minutes later, Olita stabbed Barilla, and fled, bringing the weapon with him.
The wife of Olita, whose name was not disclosed, told the police that during the blackout, she heard her husband and Barilla brawling over the fighting cock outside their house.
When the light was restored, she went out of the house and found Barilla lying face down near the electric post, with multiple stab wounds and bathed in his blood, she added.
Mulleta said that when the ambulance arrived, Barilla already had no signs of life so his remains were brought to the Lourdes Funeral Parlor.
The family of Barilla is eyeing the filing of murder charges against Olita, he added.*SGG
PFire destroys house
About P100,000 worth of properties were turned to ashes when fire hit a house at Zone 8, Brgy. Handumanan in Bacolod City, at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Fire Officer 3 Cornelio Silva of the Bureau of Fire Protection said yesterday that an unattended lighted candle in one of the rooms of a semi-concrete house, owned by Henry Antequin, caused the 40-minute fire.
Silva said the Antequins had no electricity since August, and had been using candles to light their house.
No other houses were damaged and no casualties were reported, he said.
Silva said fire trucks from the BFP, Amity and Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce responded to the fire, that reached first alarm status.
The BFP again advised the people not to leave lighted candles unattended.*SGG
Army, PNP lauded
for peaceful polls
Top military and police officials yesterday received letters of commendation from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, for their efforts in making the Oct. 28 barangay elections generally peaceful in the province.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and members of the SP honored Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, Lt. Col. Ariel Reyes, 47th Infantry Battalion commander, and Lt. Elfren Morados, commanding officer of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, during the SP session yesterday.
The resolutions of commendation, authored by Board Member Renato Gustilo, chairperson of the SP Committee on Peace and Order, were unanimously approved by the SP.
While there were incidents related to the election, however, they were described by the military and police as “isolated cases”, as they were only confined to barangays, and did not affect the peace and order situation in the entire province.
Military records also showed no insurgency-related incidents in the 127 election areas of concern in Negros Occidental.
Similar commendations were also given earlier by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the Police Regional Office 6, respectively, to the 303rd Infantry Brigade and the NOPPO for the peaceful elections in Negros Occidental.
The SP also approved the request of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the donation of a patrol boat to the NOPPO, through a deed of donation, in line with the intensified enforcement of fishery laws in the province.*GPB