Police cordoned the Gabitanan house in Purok Villa Esperenza in Tangub, Bacolod City where the beheading took place.*
Driver beheads ma,
says he saw ‘aswang’
BY SHIELA GELERA
A trisikad driver beheaded his 70-year-old mother, claiming that her face was changing into that of an “aswang (witch)” in Purok Villa Esperanza, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City, at about 2:40 a.m. yesterday.
The headless body of Elidena Gabitanan, nude from the waist, lying with her hands and feet tied with a piece of cloth and plastic bag, and bathed in her own blood was found behind their house that is near the sea, Insp. Richard Fajarito, Police Station 8 deputy chief, said yesterday.
Elidena’s head was found on the floor of their house, next to a bed, where her son, Percival, also surnamed Gabitanan, 34, was sitting and smoking when the police arrived, Fajarito said..
DOJ affirms power of
SRA on imports
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has affirmed that the Sugar Regulatory Administration will continue to have regulatory powers over imported sugar entering the country in 2015 when the ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement is fully enforced.
Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin furnished the DAILY STAR a copy of de Lima’s reply to an SRA request for a legal opinion concerning its regulatory powers, particularly on the classification of imported sugar as “C” for reserve sugar, “D” for world market sugar and “E” for the export intended food processing and other uses such as ethanol.
The query, it appears, is being raised in anticipation of the influx of cheap imported sugar in the country due to the lifting of tariff and trade restrictions by 2015 vis-à-vis the implementation of the international trade agreements such as the AFTA, de Lima said...
Fall-out from MH17
The dastardly act committed by those who fired that missile at the Malaysian Airlines peacefully flying over territory it had believed safe for passage was a condemnable decision that has called for the worst reactions from countries all over the world. Nobody could imagine how men, of whatever nationality they were, would just fire a deadly weapon at an aircraft they could not even identify, as if they were just testing the accuracy and deadliness it was capable of.
Up to now, it has not been pinpointed yet who actually pushed the botton, or pulled the trigger to release that missile that so accurately hit its target and caused the untimely death of 298 human beings, some of them very young ones with an entire lifetime still ahead of them.
Retired cop among
3 nabbed for drugs
BY JUDY PARTLOW &
A retired member of the Philippine National Police was among the three arrested in anti-drugs operations in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, Wednesday.
Those nabbed were identified as suspected big-time drug pusher Ricardo Agad Buscaino, 51, of Obogon, Tanjay City, a retired policeman, and alleged drug users Louie Erag Navarro and Larry Repollo Rebusa.
Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr., Negros Oriental OIC police director, said Buscaino was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation at around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in his residence in Obogon, conducted by a joint team of operatives of the Special Operations Group, the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, and the Tanjay City police..