Photo by Andy Alvarez
GROUNDBREAKING. Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia¬† and Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Paduano (center) led the ground breaking for the new multi-purpose building of Purok Pedring, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod with (L-r) Brgy Captains Itik Talimodao, Nino Petierre, Friday Solinap, Lito Abaring, councilmen Arnel Sigue and Narding Pagunsan, councilors Caesar Distrito and Em Ang, Brgy Capt. Jerry Tingson, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, councilmen Audi Zolayvar and Romeo Estrella, Sr. and Nelson Pineda.* 

Cop nabbed for drugs,
illegal gun possession

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

A neophyte policeman, who tested positive for drug use last month, was arrested at about 1 a.m. yesterday during a saturation drive at Bangga Daan in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, for illegal possession of firearms and prohibited drugs.

Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City police chief, said the arrest of Police Officer 1 Reyland Dordas, who was relieved from the 6th Regional Public Safety Battalion on June 24,yielded an elongated sachet of a suspected shabu and a homemade .38 caliber revolver with six live ammunition.

Rapiz said Dordas again tested positive for drug use after being subjected to a drug test at the PNP Crime Laboratory in Bacolod City, several hours after his arrest at a beer house in Victorias City. moremoremore

Guv calls for stop to hazing,
ban on frats

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called for a total ban on fraternities and an end to hazing at initiation rites following the death of an 18-year-old sophomore student of De la Salle-College of Saint Benilde with roots in Negros Occidental.

Guillo Cesar Servando, 18, who died Saturday from hazing at fraternity initiation rites in Makati City, was the son of Aurelio Cesar “Taboy” Jalbuena Servando and Christine Uytiepo Servando of Bacolod City.

Schools should put an end to fraternities and hazing, and the perpetrators should be arrested and jailed, the governor said.moremoremore

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There is a law

Now that we have another fatal result from the inhuman practice called initiation or “hazing” in fraternities, we again hear loud calls for their elimination or banning, and for the highest penalties to be imposed on the perpetrators.

We have gone through this so many times before, with calls for the maximum penalties for those involved, and for schools to be extra vigilant over the existence of fraternities in their campuses.

Our officials have expressed condemnation, just as many times, and, to the credit of some, even passed a law known as the Anti-Hazing Law that would penalize those involved in a hazing that resulted in death with life imprisonment.moremoremore


PNP: Drug-free CV a priority
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Regional director of the Philippine National Police in the Central Visayas, Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, said yesterday that there is need to prioritize the problem of illegal drugs to secure the future of the younger generations.

Bañas said that if the illegal drugs problem cannot be curtailed this early, then the future of the young is at stake because the problem transcends all ages.

Bañas was on his first visit to Negros Oriental as PNP 7 director, to attend the Philippine Army and the PNP regional Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center conference at Camp Fernandez, Sibulan.moremoremore