Pilluted POLLUTION. The unabated indiscriminate throwing of waste in Barangay Banago is polluting the waters of Bacolod City* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Isabela folk defend cop
tagged in Malabor slay

Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday rejected the clamor to relieve the entire Isabela police force, in connection with the assassination of Board Member Renato Malabor and his bodyguard on June 28 in the town.

Nacion said there should be a clear basis to justify the relief of the entire police force or the clamor will not be accommodated.

The call to relieve the entire Isabela police force came after some of the colleagues of PO1 Robert Chloe Rito, tagged by witnesses as the gunman in the killing of Malabor and his bodyguard, Leody Jomilla, at the town police station, defended him from the accusations. moremoremore

Stepfather gets
57 years for rape, assault


A 42-year-old stevedore was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment yesterday without the possibility of parole for the rape of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, and to an additional 17 years for sexual assault.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 43 Judge Philadelfa Pagapong-Agraviador sentenced the stevedore, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his victim, to reclusion perpetua or 40 years imprisonment without the possibility of parole, for the rape of his stepdaughter on Oct. 28, 2005.

He was also ordered to pay his stepdaughter P50,000 in civil indemnity, P25,000 in moral damages, and P20,000 in exemplary damages.moremoremore


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Aquino, Roxas may attend
Buglasan Fest in October

President Benigno Aquino III and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas have been invited to Negros Oriental to grace the Buglasan Festival in October, Governor Roel Degamo said yesterday.

The province's annual fiesta celebration and premier social-cultural showcase is set October 16-25 in Dumaguete City, on the theme “Building Friendship Worldwide, Opening Development Opportunities”.

Degamo said Aquino recently signified his intention to attend the Buglasan Festival, along with Roxas, Rep. Roman Romulo and Mark Lapid, chief operating officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications, among others..moremoremore