Fake Bills A police officer presents the counterfeit US dollar bills during the filing of cases against Erwin Sicano, and Frelie Toledano, at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City, yesterday*
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$5M in fake bills seized

About $5 million in fake United States dollar bills were seized from two farmers during an entrapment operation in a mall in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, Monday afternoon.

Five bundles of $10,000 US bills and a $100,000 US bill were confiscated from Erwin Sicano, 31, and Frelie Toledano, 31, of Murcia, Negros Occidental, Supt. Levy Pangue, chief of the Bacolod Police Investigation and Detection Management Unit, said yesterday.

Each bundle consists of 100 pieces of $10,000 US bills, Pangue said. He added that the examination conducted by the Central Bank of the Philippines showed the bills to be counterfeit. moremoremore

Complaints aired
vs. ATM scam

Several persons were victimized through alleged Automated Teller Machine skimming, where some of their money was stolen through hidden electronics installed at ATMs in Bacolod City, during the weekend.

A 24-year-old woman, who works as a clerk at a hospital pharmacy in Bacolod told the DAILY STAR yesterday that more than P10,000 in cash was withdrawn from her account by another person in two different banks, Sunday.

She discovered the incident when she was about to withdraw money at a mall at Lacson Street, and the note “insufficient amount” appeared on the ATM screen, she said. moremoremore


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79th IB gets award, new rifles

The 79 th Infantry “Masaligan” Battalion, based in Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, received the Battalion of Excellence Award as well as newly procured carbine 5.56 mm R4 A3 rifles.

The ceremonial handover of the guns Sunday was led by Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commanding officer of the 3 rd Infantry Division, in the presence of 303 rd Brigade commander, Col. Francisco Delfin, 79 th IB commanding officer, Lt Col Harold Anthony Pascua,  and Gov. Roel Degamo.

Guerrero said the activity marked the fulfilment of one of the major thrusts of the Philippine Army to professionalize the organization, in terms of the competence of their men and upgrade their capability.moremoremore