Man hacks brothers: 1 killed, 1 wounded


ROXAS City — An irate man hacked two brothers in Brgy. Pangabat, Jamindan, Capiz the other day.

Two of the victims died while the other was wounded, police said.

Allan Bacaro, 34, succumbed to fatal hack wounds on the body, particularly on his neck, head and shoulder, said PO3 McCornick dela Cruz of the Jamindan police station.

His brother, 30-year-old Arnel, sustained a hack wounds on the left face and foot. He is currently confined in a hospital in Jamindan, said the police.

Suspect Charlie dela Torre, police said, is a neighbor of the victims.

Dela Torre got angry after learning that the two brothers destroyed his house, investigation revealed.

The suspect, armed with a bolo, went to the victims’ house and confronted and later hacked them, police said.

Dela Torre fled after the incident. Allan’s body was brought to the Laurino Funeral Home in Jamindan.
The police launched a manhunt operation against the suspect.

Also the other day, a barangay kagawad in Cuartero, Capiz was shot by an unidentified suspect.

SPO2 Richard Franco of the Cuartero police station identified the victim as Juvy Enero, 45, of Brgy. Nagba, Cuartero.

Enero was onboard his motorcycle bound for Brgy. Bun-od, Cuartero when the suspect blocked, waylaid and shot him three times, police said.

Police said the victim sustained gunshot wounds on his body. He was rushed to the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital here.

Police recovered from the crime scene two deformed slugs of .9mm pistol.

The suspect fled after the incident./PN


Poor pre-schoolers to get 
free dental care products

ROXAS City — Free toothpastes and toothbrushes will be given out to about 300 poor children on February 16 here.

The distribution to be held at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center (DRCC) is part of the province’s observance of the 7th National Dental Health Month (NDHM) celebration this February.

Some 50 active dentists in the province will participate in the month-long celebration.

“We will also orient these pre-schoolers on proper dental care during the program,” said Dr. Rex Villariña, Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Capiz Chapter president.

The activity, he said, will be held in collaboration with the Provincial and City Health Offices.

A Mass at the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital and a motorcade along the city’s major thoroughfares to DRCC will kick off the activity.

The dentists will also put up booths for dental orientation, free consultation and other dental services.

Today and tomorrow, PDA–Capiz will conduct “Colgate sa Barangay” also for the pre-school children of two barangays here, still as part of the NDHM celebration.

February was declared as NDHM through Presidential Proclamation No. 599 in 2004 to give PDA an opportunity to reach out to more people, especially in the countryside, to be more conscious about the value of good oral/dental health.

This year’s celebration has the theme “Ngipin Kayamanan, Pagkasira Huwag Hayaan Dentistang Mapagkalinga, Handa Kang Gabayan.” (Alex A. Lumaque/PIA/PN)

Gov’t prohibits cutting coconut trees

ROXAS City — The government has suspended the issuance of permit to cut coconut trees.

This was stipulated in the recent memorandum of Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Oscar Garin, PCA Capiz Manager Jeffrey delos Reyes disclosed.

Garin’s memo was addressed to all the agency’s regional and provincial managers, including all coconut development officers, he said.

He said the memorandum was also in accordance with the directive of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala spelled out under Republic Act (RA) 8048 or the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995.

Delos Reyes stressed that the permit to cut coconut trees shall not be issued and is indefinitely suspended.

He said based on the PCA memo, Garin pointed out that the administrator of the agency shall have the exclusive and sole implementing authority of the directives of the agriculture secretary as chair of the PCA governing board.

While the board is promulgating policies to set the implementing guidelines of RA 8048, the issuance of permit to cut and transport/transshipment clearance remain suspended, he added.

In enforcing the order, delos Reyes sought the assistance of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies like the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Maritime Police.

He also urged Capiceños to help protect coconut plantations here.

Capiz has more than 2.2 million coconut trees which have provided livelihood opportunities to farmers here, delos Reyes revealed. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN

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