Several pastors pray over Mayor Enrique Montilla III and his wife, Dr. Irene Consonji-Montilla (center) for them to overcome their trials, at their residence in Isabela, Negros Occidental.* GPB photo
Majority of the barangay officials in Isabela, Negros Occidental, yesterday signed a manifesto declaring their support to Mayor Enrique Montilla III, who is being linked to the murder of Negros Occidental Board Member Renato Malabor and his bodyguard, Leody “Butch” Jomilla.
The manifesto, which was signed by 21 of the 30 barangay captains and 186 of the 210 kagawads of Isabela town, called the accusations against Montilla as baseless and purely lies.
“We believe that the accusations against him as the alleged mastermind is a black propaganda, and being used in politics to destroy his credibility as a good leader of the town, their manifesto said.
Commission on Elections commissioners are expected to witness the signing of a peace covenant by candidates for provincial posts in the Negros Island Region at the Planta Hotel in Bacolod City on April 1, Negros Occidental Provincial Election Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said yesterday.
The attendance of the candidates is voluntary but it is their moral obligation to attend to assure the electorate that they will engage in peaceful, clean and honest politics, Ananoria said.
Expected at the signing rites are Comelec commissioners Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon, Sheriff Abas, Robert Lim and Luie Tito Guia, Ananoria said..
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8 guns seized, 2 rebels
yield in Negros, Panay
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division yesterday reported the recovery of eight firearms in Negros and Panay islands, while two self-confessed members of the New People’s Army abandoned the armed struggle, in one week’s time.
Lt. Col. Rey Tiongson, 3ID Public Affairs Office chief, said that troopers of the 11th Infantry Battalion recovered two M-16 assault rifles hidden by the NPA in Sitio Cabadiangan, Barangay Pantiao in Manjuyod town, Negros Oriental.
Tiongson said the recovery of the high-powered firearms by 11IB troopers, who were conducting security operations, was made, after they were informed by residents of the barangay of their location.