SMX LIN-AY BETS. The 25 candidates for the Lin-ay sang Negros 2015 tilt set on April 17 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo)

LTFRB official nabbed
Denies extortion claim

National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board  official in Bacolod City in an entrapment operation 3 p.m. yesterday for allegedly soliciting and accepting grease money from a taxi operator.

Nabbed was Arturo Gepes, head of the LTFRB Bacolod inspection and monitoring team, who vehemently denied he had solicited and accepted P5,000 as grease money from taxi operator Lauro Dizon.

NBI special agent Cyrus Alusan said complaints for extortion, violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act and ethical standards of government employees were filed against Gepes before the Bacolod Prosecutor's Office. .

‘BRIS water down,
let's pray for rain'

“Let's all pray for rain”

This was the call of Rosemarie Caunca, president of the League of Government Assisted Federation of Irrigators Associations in Negros Occidental, with the drop in the water level at the Bago River Irrigation System  brought on by the dry spell that began in February.

Th e BRIS covers 13,350 hectares serving about 8,900 farmers in Bacolod, Bago and La Carlota cities and Murcia, Pulupandan, San Enrique and Valladolid towns. moremoremore

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Hasten inventory of smuggled rice,
BOC urges port officials

The Bureau of Customs in Manila is urging BoC district collector Arnulfo Marcos and Dumaguete Port OIC collector Fe Lluelyn Toring to fast-track the inventory of smuggled rice from Malaysia so legal action can immediately proceed against those responsible, including the consignee who appeared to claim the delivery.

Toring said unloading of the sacks of rice from M/L Al-Althie was stopped due to lack of space at the BoC office in Dumaguete. She confirmed orders from her superiors to look for a bodega where the shipment can be stocked in one area and be secured during the pendency of the case.moremoremore