ChildrenGov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Maria Lourdes Heras-de Leon, Kazumasa Sakakura, Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, Karen Jimeno, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (l-r) cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the new school buildings.* (Richard Malihan photo)

P3.9B set for Negros
Yolanda rehab work

SAGAY CITY - Negros Occidental has been allocated P3.9 billion under the Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan for Yolanda-affected areas, Karen Jimeno, communications director of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery, said yesterday.

A P167 billion CRRP has been set for the rehabilitation of 171 towns and cities in 14 provinces, including Negros Occidental, hit by typhoon Yolanda one-year ago today, said Jimeno, who was in Sagay City for the inauguration of two new private sector-donated school buildings at the Old Sagay Elementary School.

She said that, under the CRRP, 25,000 programs and projects are targeted to be completed before President Benigno Aquino III steps down in 2016. moremoremore

3 killed at
pre-nuptial celebration

A pre-nuptial celebration in Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental, turned bloody ;when a shooting incident ended with the killing of two farmers and a minor at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.

Police Officer 3 July Padernal, Salvador Benedicto police investigator, said the victims were farmers Geovannie Narbebe, 38, and Joefel Conserman, 28, and Kim Ragasajo, 17, who was believed to have been hit by a stray bullet.

Three empty shells of 9mm pistol and two live ammunition of.45 caliber ;pistol were recovered at the crime scene by policemen, who responded to the incident but they failed to recover the firearms used in the shooting. moremoremore

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2 men meted life for drugs

Two persons were meted with life imprisonment, and two others with 14 years in jail each by Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Dumaguete City yesterday after they were found guilty of violating Section 11 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Melchor Bile-ot Galanza and Harold Quinto Dequilla, both of Tanjay City in Negros Oriental, were meted with life imprisonment for possession of seven plastic sachets of shabu granules, weighing 10.40 grams, during their arrest in a buy-bust operation on October 24, 2013 in Dumaguete City. They were also fined P500,000 each.

Juanito Austero Aurea was also found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of possession of 0.19 gram of shabu found during a search of his residence in San Miguel, Bacong town. He was sentenced to 12 years and one day as minimum, to 14 years maximum, and fined P400,000. moremoremore