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Driver meted 40 years
for rape, slay of teen

A 43-year-old tricycle driver was sentenced yesterday to 40 years imprisonment for the rape-slay of a 16-year-old girl whom he left to die beside a creek in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 43 Judge Philadelfa Pagapong Agraviador found Arnold Abendan Buliag of Hacienda Gonzaga, Barangay Zone 15, Talisay City, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of rape with homicide and sentenced him to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua with no possibility of parole.

He was also ordered to pay the heirs of his victim, Joan Pacilan Barrios, P75,000 as civil indemnity, P25,000 as temperate damages and P50,000 as exemplary damages. moremoremore

Cops beefed up vs.
rescue attempt

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office beefed up the Himamaylan City police force with additional policemen, after receiving reports of retaliation and an attempt to rescue the five detained suspects charged for illegal possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

A total of 299.28 grams of shabu with a street value of P1.8 million were recovered Friday by the police from the five arrested suspects during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Libacao, Himamaylan City.

The five suspects arrested identified as Luis Felicisimo Limsiaco, his brother, Leo, Jose Maria Jales Limsiaco, Jessica Mediodia and Ian Nepales, are now facing charges for violation of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002, before the Himamaylan City Prosecutor's Office.moremoremore


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Army gets rescue equipment

The Dumaguete City government turned over rescue equipment, worth P200,000, to the 79 th Infantry “Masaligan” Battalion of the Philippine Army, based in Negros Oriental, during the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall yesterday.

City Administrator William Ablong led the turnover, and Lt. Col. Harold Anthony Pascua, 79th IB commander, accompanied by some soldiers, received the donation, including three transistor radios, three megaphones, 30 aluminum carabiners, three small chainsaws, one tandem pulley, utility ropes of 700 meters each, six flashlight heavy duty water proofing, 30 hard hats and 30 life vests, among others, Syril Repe of the City Information Office said.moremoremore