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Luzon newsbits for June 8, 2014

LPG TANK BLAST HURTS 4

CAMP PRESIDENT QUIRINO, Ilocos Sur — Four people were injured when a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refiller-tank exploded while being lifted by a crane inside an industrial compound in Barangay Paing, Bantay town, this province, the other day. Police identified the victims as Renato Paet, 43, the crane operator; Moises Gadut, 27; and Raden Alporo, 38, gas refiller; and one Cesar Espiritu, 48. The incident happened at the RKT Marketing owned by Richard Tan. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

CONVICT ARRESTED

BINAN CITY, Laguna — Police arrested last Friday this city’s No. 6 most wanted criminal, Edgardo “Egay” Ebuenga, 40, a shoemaker, in Batista Subdivision, Barangay San Jose, here. Ebuega, along with his brother Ramon, have been convicted of homicide in the killing of Charlie Robles during a celebration in Barangay Dela Paz, here on Jan. 24, 2003. Supt. Noel Alino, chief of police, said Judge Teodoro Solis of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25, here, sentenced the brothers last year to a minimum of eight years imprisonment and the payment of P50,000 in damages. (Ferdinand F. Castro)

MAYOR RALLIES LGUS

PANDI, Bulacan — Mayor Enrico A. Roque of this town, who also serves as president of the Mayors’ League-Bulacan Chapter, has called on the members and officers of the group to contribute in efforts to boost the agricultural industry in the province. “Let us set aside politics. It is now time for us to unite together and work religiously in pushing the programs and projects geared towards the progress and development of our town and the whole province,” he said. Roque targets the upgrading of the farm industry. (Freddie C. Velez)

RIZAL TURNING 113

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — In line with the celebration of Rizal province’ 113th Araw ng Lalawigan this month, a “Trade and Tourism Fair 2014” was held at the Ynares Center Complex here. The trade fair will run until June 15. The capitol has allotted booths and spaces for more than 50 small and medium enterprises based in this province to showcase their original products such as foot wears, accessories, ready to wear clothes, uniquely crafted handicrafts, bags, dairy products, fruits and vegetables and food produce. (Nel B. Andrade)

TOURIST COPS

CAMP VALENTIN JUAN, Ilocos Norte — Sixty police officers are attending a five-day tourist police training course that ends today at the regional police office in San Fernando City, La Union. Senior Superintendent Benjamin T. Hulipas, deputy regional police director for operations, said the participants are the designated tourist police from the police provincial offices of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. The trainees will undergo lectures and practical exercises on basic intelligence, police first responders, crisis incident management, first aid, disaster search and rescue, child wise tourism, and language proficiency. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

POLICE OUTREACH

CAMP FLORENDO, La Union — Police personnel were led by Chief Supt. Roman A. Felix, new director of the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1), in an outreach program in remote areas of Salcedo town in Ilocos Sur last Friday. Felix said they mingled with residents of Barangays Baluarte, Buguibog and Kinmarin while providing community service and distributing gifts. The regional director said that aside from providing police security, the outreach program aims to strengthen their partnership with the community in keeping the peace. (Mar T. Supnad)