rIVER Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia (4 th from left) and Brgy. Mandalagan officials, led by Barangay Captain Arturo Parreño, inspect the P23-million flood wall built at a portion of Mandalagan River, to prevent floodwaters from rising along Lacson Street in front of Robinsons Place.*

Hope dims for rescue
of missing fishermen

Hope of finding the seven Negrense fishermen missing at sea alive dimmed yesterday, four days after their vessel sank between Gigantes Islands off the coast of northeastern Iloilo, and Madridejos town in Bantayan, Cebu.

Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica, Coast Guard Bacolod Station chief, said John Rey Vergara, Antic Celeste, Gerry Bangalisan, Norberto Patriarca and three others identified only as Jomar, Jimbol and Anel, who were on board F/B Inday Sweet when it sank at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, had not been found as of yesterday.

Coast Guard units from Iloilo, Cebu and Masbate have been searching for the F/B Inday Sweet crew, he said.

Hope of finding the seven alive was dimming, considering that they had been missing since Thursday, Connie Batuigas, a relative of Bangalisan, said yesterday.moremoremore

Reinstate engineer, CA orders

The Court of Appeals 20 th Division has declared a decision of the Civil Service Commission null and void, and has ordered the reinstatement of Leonilo Hulleza as Cadiz City Engineer without loss of seniority and promotional rights.

The decision, based on a petition filed by Hulleza versus Patrick Escalante in his capacity as Cadiz City mayor, and contractor Vicente Tad-y, was promulgated May 29 and was received by the complainant June 30, a copy furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday showed.

The CA decision also ordered the payment of Hulleza's back salaries, allowance, bonuses and other benefits and emoluments which may have accrued to him during his entire period of preventive suspension and or dismissal from service. moremoremore


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‘Shabu' seized,
suspect evades arrest

A drug suspect evaded arrest but two packs of suspected shabu, weighing 20 grams and worth about P236,000, were seized from his house in Purok Orchids, Sitio Canday-ong, Barangay Calindagan in Dumaguete City recently.

A composite team from the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Dumaguete Police swooped down on the house of Ernesto Caba, alias “Erning”, 54, on the strength of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr.

The operation was witnessed by barangay kagawad George Paloma and the media, but the respondent was not around when the operatives arrived. The raiding team, however, recovered two “bultos (big packs)” of suspected shabu and one small sachet containing suspected shabu residue.moremoremore