Bayanihan HELPING. The Bayanihan spirit is still alive in Barangay Cudangdang, EB Magalona, in Negros Occidental, where these men helped a neighbor move a house, recently.*
(Judith Ceballos photo )

‘Game over for CIDG
charges versus Peña'

It's game over for the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as far as the charges it filed against former mayor Magdaleno Peña and 13 others, Pena's lawyer Roem Arbolado said yesterday.

The charges stemmed from the PNP-CIDG raid on Peña's ancestral house in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan in Negros Occidental on May 2, 2013, where they seized firearms and alleged explosives. Peña said the firearms were licensed and the explosives were planted.

“The PNP-CIDG bungled the cases and the entire operation versus Peña and has only itself to blame for it,” Arbolado said.moremoremore

Police nab 2, seize
P1.2M in ‘shabu'


About P1.2 million worth of suspected shabu was recovered from an alleged pusher and her neighbor during a buy-bust operation in Purok Cereza 1, Barangay 27 in Bacolod City, at about 8 p.m. Friday, Senior Insp. Jerick Filosopo, City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group chief, said Saturday.

The suspected shabu was seized from Rhodelyn Ubas, 31, and Vicente Canoy, 35, of Barangay 27, Filosopo said.

Ubas, who was the subject of a buy-bust operation, handed to the police poseur-buyer, a sachet of suspected shabu, while Canoy received the P500 in marked money, CAIDSOTG records show. moremoremore


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units to help 17 brgys

Negros Oriental is awaiting the release of P60.5 million to fund proposed projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan, or Pamana, program of the national government, as part of the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group.

A one-day orientation of the guidelines in the management of the Pamana funds for the infrastructure component were discussed by program manager Fred Narte and Erik Barcelona of the Department of Interior and Local Government recently.

It was held at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City, and participants came from local government units where the proposed projects are to be located, and Rey Mallari and Veronica Tabara, representatives of RPA-ABB-TPG, now known as the Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan. moremoremore