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Hinoba-an’s 15th Pagbana-ag Fest Opens

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Hinoba-an town’s 15th Pagbana-ag Festival opens today with a 4 a.m. Diana and Fun Run and the Symbolic Releasing of Sky Lanterns and Kapehan sa Bantay Dagat at 5 a.m.

Mayor Ernesto Estrao told the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) the 15th Pagbana-ag festival is part of the annual Hinoba-an Foundation Day celebration.

The town is celebrating its 56th foundation anniversary during the April 20 to 24, 2015 festivities, which are under the Hinoba-an Tourism Center under his office.

Wanted for Frustrated Murder Nabbed with Drug

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Hinoba-an PNP arrested the town’s No. 1 illegal drug personality in a follow-up police operation in the suspect’s house in Barangay Talacagay about 8:45 pm Friday.

Hinoba-an PNP chief Police Senior Inspector Roberto Vargas Indiape, Jr. identified the suspect as Roberto “Berto” Mataluyos Santocildes, 43, single of Purok Everlasting, Barangay Talacagay of the town.

Santocildes was having a pot session when police operatives pounced on him.

Farmer Killed Due to Land Conflict

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A farmer who went missing for four days was found dead Tuesday afternoon in a secluded area in Barangay Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.

Annie Relado, 58, wife of Benjamin, 48, reported to Hinobaan PNP as he failed to come home in the evening of February 28 after tying their farm animal.

Benjamin was found Tuesday with multiple stab wounds and showed signs he was mauled and smashed with a hard object.

Annie told police, the suspect or suspects in killing her husband is their neighbor she refused to identify, due to land conflict.

NIR Advocates Wrap Up Agreements for One-Island Region in Bayawan City Forum; Degamo No Show

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BAYAWAN CITY- Proponents of the Negros Island Region (NIR) yesterday underscored anew the advantages to the local economy and tourism sector that both Oriental and Occidental Negros will generate under the NIR set-up in a consultation held at the Integrated Business Center here.

Armed Men Torch Tractors, Cargo Trucks in Farm

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About 15 armed men forcibly entered Uni-Starch Incorporated in Hda. Cabiguan, Barangay To-oy, Himamaylan City and torched two tractors and two Rio cargo trucks about 10:00 am yesterday.

Supt. Antonieto Cañete, Himamaylan PNP chief, however said he doubts the suspects are members of New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the area.

They torched the engine, seats, tires and other parts of the tractors and cargo trucks.