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Court sentences two
for rape, drugs crimes

A man from Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for the rape of a teenager, while a Bacolod resident was meted 15 years for possession of drugs yesterday.

Regional Trial Court of Negros Occidental Branch 52 Judge Estefanio Libutan Jr. yesterday sentenced Reynaldo Gianzon Reyes to reclusion perpetua, or 40 years imprisonment, for the rape of a 17-year-old Talisay resident.

He was also ordered to pay his victim, whose name is being withheld by the DAILY STAR, P50,000 in civil indemnity, P50,000 in moral damages and P30,000 in exemplary damages moremoremore

Battered wife kills
hubby, police says

The alleged physical abuse of a 35-year-old battered wife ended Sunday, when she allegedly stabbed dead her husband, who had beaten her again at their residence in Sitio Bunga, Brgy. Orong, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

The victim, identified as Arnel Resta, 39, was declared dead on arrival at the Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan. He succumbed to a stab wound in the breast, police investigations show.

Supt. Calixto Mabugat, Kabankalan police chief, yesterday said the victim, who was under the influence of alcoholic liquor, beat his wife, Judelyn, 35, who lost consciousness.moremoremore

Nuclear power in
Negros opposed

Nuclear energy in Negros is not an option, several groups in the province said yesterday in reaction to Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco's call Monday for the establishment of nuclear power plants in the country, including Negros Occidental, to ensure cheaper electricity and to save the country from power shortages that will cripple its economic growth.

Cojuangco issued the call at a press conference at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, and Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he supports the idea.

“Putting up a nuclear plant in Negros Island is like playing a game of Russian roulette or, to put it bluntly, it smacks of having a loaded gun placed in your head. And whoever is vouching or advocating for it should do it first,” Edwin Balajadia, Negros Environment Watch co-convenor and P hilippine Rural Reconstruction Movement-Negros area manager, said.moremoremore

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