Houseboy gets120 years
for killing Rivilla brothers
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The houseboy who killed eight persons in a gruesome massacre more than 13 years ago in Bacolod City was sentenced Thursday to 120 years imprisonment for the murder of three of his minor victims, without eligibility for parole.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Bemon Barrios Gallo guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the murder of brothers Mark Anthony, 13 , Guillermo Benrico, 11 , and John Michael, 9, all surnamed Rivilla and sentenced him to reclusion perpetua on three counts.
The judge also ordered Gallo to pay the heirs of the minors P150,000 in civil indemnity, P150,000 in moral damages and P90,000 in exemplary damages.
Ayalin back today
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Fugitive Noel Ayalin, a former barangay captain now facing a string of murder and frustrated murder charges, is expected to return to Negros Occidental today, to face the charges against him.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, acting provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said he dispatched a team of police intelligence operatives yesterday to escort Ayalin back to the province.
Ayalin, who is the number one most-wanted person in Western Visayas, was arrested Thursday by the police, who were joined by massacre survivor Ramon Celebre, in Iba, Zambales.
P1.8B solar power plant
to rise in La Carlota soon
BY ADRIAN NEMES III
San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. will pour in P1.8 billion in investments for the construction of their second solar power plant in Brgy. Cubay, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, its president, Jose Maria Zabaleta, Jr., said yesterday.
At the groundbreaking for the 18-megawatt solar power plant yesterday, Zabaleta said they expect to complete its construction within eight to nine months, and provide electricity not only to Negros Island, but to the provinces of Iloilo and Cebu, as well.
He said that, by next week, they will begin site-clearing and build towers at the lot where the solar plant will be constructed.