MERGE REST. A sugarcane cutter seeks shelter in a shanty from the blistering heat in a farm in Toboso, Negros Occidental* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


MassKara gun ban on
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

The gun ban for this year’s MassKara Festival in Bacolod City is on.

Police Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, Bacolod City Police Office spokesperson, said yesterday that all permits to carry firearm outside of residence (PTCFOR) are suspended for the 40th MassKara Festival.

The 20-day gun ban took effect starting 8 a.m. yesterday, to 8 a.m. on October 27, Pico said. moremoremore


P2.6 million in ‘shabu’ seized
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

About P2.6 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated but the subject of the operation in Purok Tangigue, Barangay 1 in Bacolod City escaped, at about 11 p.m. Monday.

Ernesto Calatis escaped, but his partner, Jessel Castillo, was arrested, a police report said.

Operatives of the Bacolod City Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust operation and seized 54 sachets of suspected shabu, including the buy-bust item, a sling bag, and P1,000 in marked money, police records show. moremoremore

 

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LGUs upbeat on getting
bigger IRA share: Bing

Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said local government units (LGUs) are optimistic about receiving a bigger share from the national revenue through a “win-win” solution supported by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We are happy that the President has agreed that we can explore all the possibilities,” he said in a press briefing Monday.

In June, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled with finality that the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share given to LGUs must be sourced from all national taxes and not only from national internal revenue taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.