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4 cops test positive
for drug use - PNP

Four of the 60 policemen assigned in Negros Occidental, who recently went through drug testing, turned positive for drug use, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director, confirmed yesterday.

While he did not give names or reveal their ranks, Lirazan said the four police officers will undergo pre-charge investigations.

The annual random drug testing was conducted after the killing the three policemen, with the deaths of two reportedly drug-related. Three of the suspects now facing murder charges, are also police officers.moremoremore

Ceneco president,
3 others disqualified

The president of Central Negros Electric Cooperative, who is seeking re-election for a third and final term as member of the Board of Directors representing District 2, has filed a motion for reconsideration after he was disqualified by the screening committee with three other candidates.

Out of the six, who filed their certificates of candidacy for the March 21 election, the screening committee has disqualified Ceneco president Arnel Lapore, Eugene Velasco, and Eduardo Baja, who are all running for the board of directors for District 2 (Bacolod South), and Jojit Yap who is running for District 3 (Bacolod Central).

Roel Venus, chief of Consumer Services Division of Ceneco and former manager of Ceneco Bago, said yesterday that Lapore has filed a motion for reconsideration while Velasco and Yap have filed protests.moremoremore

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BFP eyeing reorganization
of barangay fire brigades

The Bureau of Fire Protection is eyeing the reorganization of barangay fire brigades in Negros Oriental to strengthen community response during fire incidents, a government press release said.

Senior Insp. Allan Patrocinio of BFP-Negros Oriental saidrevitalizing the barangay fire brigade is a good idea, especially since tanods are in the frontline, or the first responders, during disasters like fire incidents.

Insp. Arnulfo Sayson of the Dumaguete City Fire Department said they are willing to partner with the barangays for the lecture forums and trainings for tanods to strengthen their capabilities in responding to fire events..moremoremore