Guv. MarañonMakeshift bridges like these helped Bacoleños beat the flooding  yesterday*
(Archie Alipalo photo)

PNoy to inaugurate
P751M in projects

President Benigno Aquino III is scheduled to inaugurate three infrastructure projects worth P751.6 million during his visit to Negros Occidental towards the end of the month, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

To be inaugurated by the President is the P630 million four-storey Negros First CyberCentre, the P66.5 million three-storey 45-classroom building at the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City, and the P55.1 million Negros First Rice Processing Center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, the governor said.

The CyberCentre, located at Lacson-Hernaez streets in Bacolod City, owned and managed by the Negros Occidental provincial government, was declared an Information Technology Special Economic Zone by the President on June 11, 2014.moremoremore

Computer shop man gets
life term for selling shabu

A man who ran a computer shop from his house in Bacolod City was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for the sale of P500 worth of shabu.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 47 Judge Therese Blanche Bolunia found Michael Sarabia Frias, alias Nicker, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, for the sale of shabu, and sentenced him to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P500,000.

He was also found guilty of illegal possession of drugs and sentenced to 12 years and one day as minimum, to 15 years as maximum, and to pay a fine of P300,000.moremoremore

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Drugs Board opposing
marijuana legalization


The Dangerous Drugs Board reiterated its opposition to proposals legalizing medical marijuana in the country, to honor a commitment to the international convention of United Nation members on the banning of use of cannabis, or marijuana.

DDB Undersecretary Benjamin Reyes told an anti-drugs summit in Dumaguete City recently that under Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, marijuana is still considered a prohibited drug, has no medical use, and highly addictive.

Reyes and Region 7 director Jeffrey Bangsa of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration were among the resource persons in the two-day anti-drug prevention and control summit in Dumaguete recently. moremoremore