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Hinoba-an

Hinobaan Deputy COP Relieved

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The Deputy Chief of Police of Hinobaan was ordered relieved by Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) Provincial Police Director SSupt. Milko Lirazan.

The order was received by SPO3 Joemarie Pajaro, October 1. He was ordered to report to NOPPO.

Pajaro is also the town police chief investigator.

He was relieved for command-responsibility.

Police Senior Inspector Roberto Indiape was also ordered to make an incident report of the crime involving the ransacking of the town municipal Treasurer’s Office where robbers carted away P472, 800.

Estrao Submit Himself to Fingerprinting

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Employees under the Treasurer’s Office of Hinobaan town underwent fingerprint procedures, likewise Town Mayor Ernesto Estrao, at the Scene of the Crime Operative (SOCO) from Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO).

Estrao was quoted by Police Senior Inspector Roberto Indiape, the town police chief, to erase doubts on the ongoing investigation by SOCO headed by Police Chief Inspector Ramonit Javier.

The fingerprints will be matched with the fingerprints taken out from the crime scene.

DENR Suspends Damotan Log Recovery

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The regional technical director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the suspension of the retrieval operations of the logs from virgin forest in Sitio Wilderness, Brgy. Damutan, Hinoba-an.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer Andres Untal told NDB that the suspension order comes from DENR RTD Jim Sampulna effective September 29.

"The operations and the agreement between Hinoba-an Mayor Ernesto Estrao and the private contractor will be reviewed," Untal said.

Hinoba-an Gov’t Loses P472K Cash to Robbers

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A total of P472,800 in cash was taken by still unidentified suspects who forcibly opened the main door of the Hinoba-an Municipal Hall Saturday night.

Mayor Ernesto Estrao told the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) last night that the cash, taken by suspects who destroyed the hall’s padlock and the Treasurer’s Office door lock, was not P6 million as earlier reported.


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Estrao said town cashier and paymaster Deding Guintos reported to him that only the cash amountuing to P472,800 was taken away by the robbers, leaving behind the cheques.

The Hinoba-an mayor also told NDB the P472,800 cash taken was intended for today’s (MOnday) distribution to the town’s 13 barangays for feeding programs in relation to the celebration of the Nutrition Month.

Saying he is not ruling out the possibility of an inside job, Estrao said the money was withdrawn from the bank Thursday and was supposedly distributed Friday.

"We decided to make the distribution tomorrow (today Monday) to give way to Friday’s Civil Service culmination program," he said.

"We and the local police could not yet determine how many people forcibly entered the hall and the treasurer’s office. Probably the indicent took place late Saturday night. It was only discovered this (yesterday Sunday) afternoon at around 2:30 when the main door was found open with the padlock damaged," Estrao added.

He also said the suspects brought with them a vault cutter and an iron bar the suspects left behind.

CENRO Clarifies on Retrieved Logs

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"It is not the local government of Hinoba-an selling the retrieved logs from the forest but the contractor."

This was the clarification of Vilma Gonzales, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Sipalay City, who also covers Hinoba-an town.

Gonzales made the clarification after reports came out that it was the Hinobaan municipal government that is selling the about 400,000 to 500,000 board feet of illegally-cut trees discovered at the virgin forest of Sitio Wilderness in Barangay Damutan in Hinobaan town.

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