Negros top officials
‘bonding’ in Macau
BY CARLA GOMEZ
MACAU – Top Negros Occidental officials converged in this tourist mecca yesterday for what they are calling a weekend "bonding", with no agenda.
But the officials cross the political divide – Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., head of the United Negros Alliance, and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) of Love Negros belonged to opposing political parties in Negros Occidental in the 2013 polls.
There is no “hulidap” happening in Negros Occidental.
That was how Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, police regional director for Western Visayas, assured the public yesterday, in reaction to the reported involvement of nine policemen in a “hulidap” case in Quezon City September 1.
If a similar incident happens or has happened in the province, Angan said the public must report it to their city or provincial directors, or to the social network accounts of the Philippine National Police.
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Court hearing bail petition
of ‘NPA leader’ in slay raps
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Regional Trial Court Branch 41 Judge Gerardo Paguio in Negros Oriental has given the counsels for defense and plaintiff five days to submit their information and arguments in relation to an application for bail of an alleged top-ranking leader of rebel New People’s Army.
Paguio yesterday held the bail hearing on the case against Rene Bustamante under Criminal Case No. 2014-22242, on the murder of farmer Narciso Bantoto Jr., in Barangay Tayak, Siaton town, in Negros Oriental, on January 17, 2014.
Counsel for the defense, Joel Obar, said he hopes that despite the fact that murder is a non-bailable offense, the court will grant their request. Bustamante was also charged earlier for illegal possession of an explosive that is also non-bailable offense.