Clarence (left) and Carl Aguirre at the 10 th anniversary of their separation Monday at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York* ( Montefiore Medical Center photo)

LWUA ensuring water
services unhampered

Officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration arrived in Bacolod City yesterday to gather information on issues involving the Bacolod City Water District and to ensure that its services are not hampered by the leadership crisis there.

LWUA Administrator Andres Ibarra sent Eduardo De Mayo, Acting LWUA Senior Deputy Administrator, and Enrique Gita, LWUA manager for Bicol-Visayas Water Districts, after the imposition of a 30-day preventive suspension against general manager Juliana Carbon through Board Resolution No. 148 approved by Directors Lawrence Villanueva, Lorendo Dilag and Marichi Ramos.

LWUA's intervention was requested by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and members of the Baciwa Employees Union..moremoremore

Farmer runs amok,
stabs 3 in Isabela


A 55-year-old farmer ran amuck yesterday at the compound of the Ignacio Arroyo Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Isabela, Negros Occidental, and stabbed three persons, one of them a barangay kagawad and another security guard, and was mobbed by witnesses of the incident.

Senior Inspector Ramil Sarona, Isabela police chief, said the suspect identified as Hilarion Bardoc, 55, of Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla, also sustained various injuries when he was hit with stones.

Initial investigations by the Isabela police showed that Bardoc, who had a bladed weapon and was believed to be suffering from a nervous break down, had gone on a stabbing spree at the hospital compound. .moremoremore


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A joint report of the Geneva based After months of continuous hearings, the Chinese fishermen aboard the vessel that ran aground in the World Heritage listed marine sanctuary that is the Tubbataha reef last year were convicted of poaching by a Palawan court. Palawan Regional Trial Court Branch 51 Judge Ambrosio de Luna found the 12 fishermen guilty of violating Republic Act 10067 or the Tubbataha Protected Area Law of 2009.

Liu Wen Jie, the skipper of the vessel, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment while the rest of the crew will be jailed from 6 to 10 years. Aside from the prison term the Palawan court also ordered each of them to pay a $100,000 penalty.

According to Herminia Caabay, legal officer of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, the Chinese fishermen were the first foreigners to be found guilty of violating the law. A previous case involving another set of Chinese poachers during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ended with the government immediately granting pardon to the poachers.”.moremoremore

Police: Minor busted
with P53,100 ‘shabu'

A teenager was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Sitio Canday-ong, Barangay Calindagan in Dumaguete City, at around 1:15 p.m. yesterday, after about P53,100 worth of suspected shabu was seized from him.

Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, withheld the identity of the suspect for being a minor, but said he is a resident of the sitio.

The minor was arrested when he handed suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer, Orapa said. Four transparent sachets of suspected shabu, weighing about 4.5 grams, marked money, an improvised tooter, disposable lighters and suspected drug paraphernalia were seized from the suspect, he added..moremoremore