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Baguio to host Miss U events

BAGUIO CITY — It’s confirmed, Baguio is one of the hosts of Ms. Universe 2016 events this coming January. More tourists are expected to flock to the country’s summer capital after the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) and the Baguio Country Club (BCC) confirms hosting 30 candidates for the pre-pageant activities in the country. HRAB President and BCC General Manager Anthony de Leon broke the news after confirming it from Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Kat de Castro. The visit to the city, which will cost local tourism stakeholders about R15 million, will be led by no less than reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

 

2 killed in drug busts in Cavite

BACOOR CITY, Cavite — Two suspected drug dealers were shot and killed in separate police operations when they allegedly resisted arrest and opted to shoot it out with buy-bust operatives last Saturday in this district. Police identified the fatalities as Eleazar Olarte Golo, 33, and Edwin Ocena Navidad, alias “Batotoy,” 28, residents of Sitio Malipay and Rosal, Green Valley, in Barangays Molino IV and II, respectively. Police said the first encounter involving Golo happened at 9:45 a.m., followed by the fatal shootout with Navidad at 11 a.m. The slain suspects both yielded a .38-caliber gun each and sachets of suspected “shabu.” (Anthony Giron)

 

Breath analyzers

VILLASIS, Pangasinan — The city government of Santiago City, Isabela wants to buy units of alcohol breath analyzers to be used by traffic enforcers in implementing Republic Act 10586 otherwise known as Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013. Mayor Joseph Tan said the device will effectively prevent loss of lives as a result of drunk driving in the city. Tan said he expects the breath analyzers to be bought and ready for use by the police and public order and safety unit personnel in the city within this month. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

 

Kamagong seized; transporter nabbed

PAGBILAO, Quezon — The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), backed up by the police, confiscated illegally cut forest product and arrested its transporter in a hot-pursuit operation in Barangay Bukal, this town, last Thursday. Pagbilao-CENRO Officer Ramil Limpiada reported that Carmelito A. dela Vega, 56, driver and resident of Sta. Teresita Street, Barangay 6, Lucena City tried to transport 20 undocumented flitches of “kamagong” with estimated volume of 876.17 board feet and amounting to R131,425. 50. Dela Vega’s helper jumped off the vehicle during the chase and eluded arrest. (Danny J. Estacio)

 

Bulacan pushes genuine peace

PLARIDEL, Bulacan — A peace advocacy group based in this town said yesterday that a manifesto in support of the government peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF) is fast gaining support following the endorsement of local leaders. It was learned that the “Manifesto of Unity and Peaceful Bulacan for Just Peace” has been signed and endorsed by provincial executives of Bulacan led by Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando and militant activists, peace advocates, and religious leaders in this province. “The people of Bulacan want the peace talks to succeed for the interest of 3.2 million Bulakeños and the population of more than 100 million of the Filipino people,” Alvarado said, quoting an excerpt from the manifesto. He said Bulacan supports President Duterte in this quest. (Freddie C. Velez)

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