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Luzon Newsbits for April 11, 2014

BM’s Aide Slain

Malolos City, Bulacan — Gunmen riding-in-tandem killed yesterday morning the chief of staff of Board Member (BM) Michael Fermin of the 1st District of this province at the gate of North Fields Subdivision in Barangay Longos, this city. Probers said Edwin M. Inocencio, 40, of Barangay San Sebastian, Hagonoy, was on his way to Fermin’s house when the motorcycle blocked his vehicle and opened fire. He died of seven bullet wounds. Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado condemned the killing and ordered his police director Sr. Supt. Joel Bulacan, to immediately solve the case. (Freddie C. Velez)

Balloon Fest

Lubao,  Pampanga — Around 35 hot air balloons filled the sky yesterday at the opening of the “Philippine International Balloon Festival 2014,” Southeast Asia’s biggest balloon event, running until April 13. It drew more than 12,000 who witnessed entries from US, Japan, Korea, among other countries. Balloon Event Director Steve Kim said the Philippines had two entries from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes and the SM Supermall. Governor Lilia Pineda said it is now being hosted here since the usual venue, Clark Freeport, caters now to more flights. She expects the event to attract more tourists and business opportunities here. (Jonas Reyes)

Crime Vs Wife

San Carlos City, Pangasinan — Amelia Gapero Austria, 38, of Barangay Roxas, San Carlos City is now battling for life after her throat was slit and her forearm stabbed allegedly by her husband, following their argument at 1 a.m. Wednesday inside their house. Superintendent Charlie Umayam, chief of police, has ordered a manhunt for Emmanuel Dapon Austria, 49, a government employee who reportedly batters his wife every time he is drunk. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

Isabela Brownout

San Fernando City, La Union — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced the other day a power interruption in six municipalities of Isabela province tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Power will be out in parts of Isabela Electric Cooperative II (ISELCO II): Aurora, Roxas, San Manuel, Quirino, Mallig and Quezon. This is due to line maintenance work along Gamu-Roxas 69kV line. (Liezle Basa Inigo)

P1.7-M Hot Logs

Camp Dangwa, Benguet — Around P1.7 million worth of narra lumber were confiscated and four persons were arrested in an anti-illegal logging operation in Abra on Monday. Senior Superintendent Benjamin M. Lusad, Provincial Police Office Director, said, arrested were Hector Busto Pulido, Melven Valdez Balisalisa, Jhonathan Bacurin Mina, and Prince Rivera Pobletin. Inspector Julius Basinga, Chief of Baay-Licuan police, said they received a tip from a caller on Saturday. At a checkpoint, the two dump trucks carrying lumber were flagged down and upon inspection, their permit was found out to be invalid. Also to be charged with violation of the Forestry Code are Edgardo Sanchez Burdeos, Fredolin Gapuz Vallangca, Jenny Granado, and Kwok Leung Lau. (Zaldy Comanda)

‘Shabu’ Lab

Masbate City – Four men were nabbed for allegedly manufacturing illegal drugs and operating a shabu laboratory in a raid on Saturday in Tinago Village, Aroroy, here carried out by the Masbate Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Bicol. PDEA regional director Archie Grande said the suspects were Benjamin Calaunan, 65, Rodolfo Sy, 59, William Ong, 51, and Tony Locsin, 57 and were considered High Value Targets. Seized by police were various laboratory equipment and materials in the production of millions worth of high-grade shabu daily. (Niño N. Luces)