Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in yellow with her youth supporters at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos gym yesterday* ( CPG photo)
Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago yesterday charged that there is a conspiracy to rob her of victory in the May 9 polls, and the strength of the youth who are behind her serves as a warning to those who plan to rig the elections.
“Protect the ballot. If we allow the rigging of election results, all our efforts to rid the country of corruption will be in vain,” said Santiago, who vowed to make the fight against corruption her first order of business should she win the presidency.
Re-electionist Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon said yesterday terrorist actions, such that of the decapitation of Canadian national John Ridsdel by the Abu Sayyaf Group, is affecting tourism in the country.
In a media interview before his meeting with tourism officers of Negros Occidental in Bacolod City, Gordon said the beheading of the foreign tourist put the Philippines in a “bad light” to the international community.
“This hurts us badly and it is the responsibility of the government to eradicate Abu Sayyaf,” he said, adding that this can be done through enforcement of government authority and bringing in economic and social benefits to the people in areas known to be the center of insurgency in the country. .
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Man faces parricide, murder
raps in Guihulngan massacre
BY RENE GENOVE
One count of parricide and three murder charges were filed against a jobless man, who stabbed dead his wife and three neighbors, one of them a minor, in Sitio Calacdog, Barangay Humay Humay in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental Thursday.
Supt. D'Artagnan Katalbas Jr., chief of police of the Guihulngan PS, said the charges were filed against Jelord Mimis Melancolico, 26, through inquest at the Guihulngan City Prosecutor's Office, under fiscal Eva Fel Mijares.
Initial investigation showed that at around 5:55 a.m. Thursday, the suspect stabbed his wife Rechel, 28, and then their neighbors, identified as Temestocles and Aidele Marinog, and their three-year-old son..