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Banker shot dead

A retired bank officer was shot dead by a gunman on a motorcycle near the East View Hotel at the Circumferential Road in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

The fatality was identified as Francisco Loarca, 61.

He sustained gunshot wounds on his neck and left arm, Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, said yesterday. moremoremore

Family shocked,
not aware of enemies

The family of retired banker Francisco Loarca, 61, said his killing Saturday came as a shock to them because he was a friendly man, who did not antagonize people.

His brother, Cugie Loarca, and brother-in-law, Roberto Montelibano, chairman of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said they do not know of anyone who would have a motive to kill him.

Francisco was in his Toyota RAV 4 near East View Hotel at the Circumferential Road in Bacolod City when he was shot and killed at about 1 a.m. Saturday. moremoremore

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The Regional Trial Court Branch 35 declared as invalid the memorandum of agreement between the Dumaguete City and Sibulan governments in April 2003, that allowed about 100 motorcabs for hire, or tricycles, to ply the national highway linking them.

In the eight-page decision, RTC Branch 35 Judge Jesus Tinagan ruled that the MOA is in violation of the provisions of the Local Government Code, particularly sections 447 and 448, that limit the operation of tricycles and the grant of franchises for the operation within the territorial jurisdiction of a town or city only.

The MOA was signed by the late mayor Agustin Perdices of Dumaguete, and former Sibulan mayor Antonio Renacia..moremoremore