Banker shot dead
BY SHIELA GELERA
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.
not aware of enemies
BY CARLA GOMEZ
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.
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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.