CARABAO POWER. Carabaos still carry vegetables from the mountain areas of Brgy. Cabagtasan, San Carlos City, to  local  markets.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Villar: Support set
for sugar industry

Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday assured sugarcane industry stakeholders that the Senate’s version of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act will boost diversification efforts, and strengthen competitiveness with the Philippines full integration into the ASEAN Economic Community.

Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, who was the keynote speaker at the opening of the 61st Philippine Sugar Technologists annual national convention at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, said the AEC next year will open a very promising and viable market for competitive industries.

“I urge you to seize those huge opportunities out there,” she said.moremoremore

Raps versus 18 cops,
others junked


The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military has dismissed the complaints of kidnapping, serious illegal detention and violation of RA 9745, or the Anti-Torture Act, and RA 7438, that defines certain rights of arrested persons, against 18 policemen and 10 civilians.

Absolved of the charges were Supt. Simeon Gane, then police chief of Bago City, Chief Inspector Lino Dalisay, SPO3 Rafael Nisnisan, SPO1 Ronilo Francisco, SPO1 Kevin Viason, PO3 Calixto Galido Jr., PO3 Rodolfo Magbanua Jr., PO2 Aron Gabadan, PO2 Kristofeer Noel de la Paz, PO1 Wilson Apatino, PO2 Emer Anas, SPO4 Gilbert Sabusap, SPO4 Raymundo Franco, SPO2 Ramon Garalda,SPO1 Norberto Pahilanga, PO3 Jimmy Potestad,PO3 Napoleon Espinosa and PO3 Archibald Villados.

The filing of counter-complaints against the 18 policemen and 10 civilians stemmed from the arrest of complainants Roque and Reynaldo Vingco, Jogen Caliso and John Barter Mancera, all members of the Kaballah Security Agency, on April 26, 2012, in relations to ownership of disputed property in Sitio Dulao, Brgy. Atipuluan, Bago City.

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P6.8-M ‘shabu’ seized,
2 nabbed in Dumaguete


About half a kilo of suspected shabu, worth about P6.8 million, was seized and two suspects arrested, in an entrapment operation in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City, at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Special Operations Task Group of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said this is, so far, the biggest “shabu” haul in the province this year.

He identified the arrested suspects as Holden Jocum Ferrolino, 32, of Barangay Piapi, and Reymark Secheco Amistoso, 22, of Barangay Buñao, all in Dumaguete City. moremoremore