PAGE1 At the pro-Duterte rally were Valladolid Vice Mayor Romel ogore, Victorias Mayor Frederick Palanca, Negros Prawn Producers Coop president Roberto Gatuslao, Negros Ocidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Local Government Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo, San Enrique Mayor Jilson Tubillara, Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco (l-r, front), Salvador Benedicto Mayor Marxlen de la Cruz, La Castellana Mayor RhumylaMangilimutan, Hinigaran Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo (l-r, 2nd row), Binalbagan Mayor Emmanuel Aranda, Himamaylan Mayor Agustin Ernesto Bascon, Pontevedra Mayor Jose Benito Alonso, Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo, and Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante (l-r, 3rd row)*


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As transport groups stage UntatBiyahe today
BY SHIELA GELERA

Members of the transport sector will stop their trips on Monday in Bacolod City, to call for the halt on the implementation of the phasing-out of vehicles aging 15 years and above.

The United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (UNDOC), Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations (FEBACDA), Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros (SSTONE), Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator (PISTON), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), and the Social Action Center are set to join the mass protest.

At a press conference at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City yesterday, FEBACDA president Elizabeth Katalbas said the public utility vehicle modernization, which seems to have been patterned for the benefit of big transport companies, hurts small drivers and operators. moremoremore

Guv, mayors join thousands
in show of unity with Duterte
BY SHIELA GELERA

Thousands of supporters and local officials joined “A Call for Unity and Support to President Rodrigo Duterte” caravan and rally held in Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon.

A caravan started at the Capitol Lagoon and ended at the Bacolod Government Center, where a police-estimated crowd of 2,000, wearing red shirts converged for a program.

“We want to show that Negros is one with the President Rodrigo Duterte in his fight against drugs, corruption and poverty because before, during the elections, Negros was known as Liberal Party country,” Local Government Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo, who was at the event, said.
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NGOs pushing for localized
peace talks in NegOr: Army
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Civil society and non-government organizations are working with the provincial government of Negros Oriental in pushing for the realization of localized peace talks, military spokesman, Capt. Eduardo Precioso, yesterday said.

Precioso, who is the 303 rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer, said that representatives of CSOs and NGOs are scheduled to meet with provincial officials of Negros Oriental Wednesday, to discuss how to help communist rebels who want to return to mainstream society, and how to pursue the localized peace talks.

The proposal to hold localized peace talks has been revived by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, after the government decided that it was scrapping the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front..