bishop Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon signs the peace covenant during the Negros Peace Congress 2.* ( GPB photo)


Revocation of order
creating NIR feared

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

A worst-case scenario is now being entertained on the possible revocation of the executive order creating the Negros Island Region (NIR), that was signed by then President Benigno Aquino III May 29 last year, due to a problem on its budget.

This was also after the Department of Budget and Management did not include NIR budget in the 2017 proposed national budget.

Instead, NIR line agencies were advised to get their respective budgets from Regions 6 and 7, which Negros Occidental and Oriental used to be affiliated with, respectively, former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela disclosed Saturday. moremoremore

Army resumes
operations vs. NPA
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Infantry units of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in three Visayas regions, including Negros Island, yesterday resumed military operations against the New People's Army, after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the unilateral ceasefire against the communist rebels.

“We shall intensify our campaign against the CPP-NPA-NDF, including those sympathetic to the rebel group,” Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, 3ID spokesman, said.

During his State-of-the-Nation Address on July 25, Duterte declared a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF in line with achieving the government's goal of final and lasting. moremoremore

 

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Extrajudicial killings
worry PRO18 director
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

SThe spate of extrajudicial killings in the Negros Island Region brought about by the massive anti-drug campaign of the police for a month now also caused a worry to Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, who is the NIR police director.

Capa ordered police chiefs to solve extrajudicial killings that happened in their areas of operation, following the reported salvaging of three Moises Padilla town residents tagged as alleged drug pushers, whose cadavers were dumped in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental.

Three incidents of alleged summary killings, with victims alleged to be drug peddlers and involved in theft incidents, were also reported in Talisay City and Calatrava, as well as Murcia, Negros Occidental, last month..