Bacoleño gets life term
for drugs, wife acquitted
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A Bacolod resident was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for the sale of shabu, and to an additional 17 years for possession of drugs, while his wife was acquitted of charges filed against her.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Bienvenido Anas Chavez Jr. guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002 for the sale of .03 gram of shabu, and sentenced him to life imprisonment, and to pay a fine of P500,000.
Chavez sold the shabu to a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency poseur-buyer in exchange for P500 in marked money at his residence in Purok Kagaykay, Barangay 2, Bacolod City, on June 30, 2009, the court was told in Criminal Case 09-32530.
raps vs. former mayor
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Ombudsman has dismissed a criminal case for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act filed against former Murcia Mayor Esteban Coscolluela and the president of a firm for a P16.8 million computerized revenue enhancement project that did not push through.
The resolution approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found no probable cause to indict Coscolluela and Julieta Cunanan, president and chief executive officer of Systems and Plan Integrator Development Corp., for the charges filed against them by Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano.
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Ban on motorists wearing
bonnets, masks expected
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
After one month, motorists wearing bonnets and masks in Dumaguete City will be apprehended and fined, under a proposed ordinance approved on second reading by the Sangguniang Panlungsod during its session Wednesday.
The ordinance sponsored by Councilor Franklin Esmena Jr. and co-sponsored by Councilor Antonio Remollo, prohibits the wearing of masks, bonnets and anything that conceal a person’s identity and providing for penalties.
The ordinance said police records show that criminals, such as killers, hold-uppers, robbers, snatchers and other forms of criminalities use bonnets and masks to cover their identities when they commit crimes.