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Teacher held hostage,
‘abductor’ found dead

Two armed men robbed seven teachers of the Coyaoyao Elementary School in Brgy. Inolingan, Moises Padilla town, Wednesday afternoon, and later took one of them hostage while fleeing from enraged residents who responded to the incident.

Several hours after the incident, Moises Padilla policemen, with the 11th Infantry Battalion soldiers, found the lifeless body of one of the suspects, identified as Roland Cajulao, in a sugarcane field, with a stab wound in his lower abdomen, and a broken jaw.

Senior Inspector Robert Mansueto, Moises Padilla police chief, yesterday said that Cajulao, who had been charged in court for murder, was identified as one of the two suspects, who had robbed the teachers, who stay at the school on weekdays.moremoremore

ARB groups to get
P46M assistance

The Department of Agrarian Reform is providing 12 agrarian reform beneficiary groups in Negros Occidental P46,200,000 in support assistance as it steps up efforts to ensure that  their sugar lands  remain productive and viable.

The DAR, along with the Sugar Regulatory Administration, is encouraging agrarian reform beneficiaries to engage in block farming to lower their production costs to survive beyond 2015 when tariffs on imported sugar are lifted, DAR Undersecretary for Support Services, Jerry Pacturan,  told the DAILY STAR   yesterday.

Pacturan, who was in Bacolod City, said the 12  ARB groups in the province   will be provided a tractor each that costs P2.85 million or a total of P34,200,000 for farm mechanization, and P1 million each, or a total of P12 million for capacity development for enterprise organization.moremoremore

Produce Arles slay suspect
or face contempt, judge says

The lawyer of the National Bureau of Investigation was ordered yesterday to bring one of the suspects in the murder of Judge Henry Arles before the court on August 22, or face being cited for contempt.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Judge Fernando Elumba ordered lawyer Ormil Go of the Solicitor General’s Office to present Eddie Fortunado, who is presently in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, to the court.

The judge was acting on a petition for a Writ of Amparo filed by Fortunado’s mother, Tessa.moremoremore

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