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Cabinet holds off decision on NIR
Included in agenda for December: Sueno
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The status of the Negros Island Region is set to be taken up at a Cabinet meeting in December, Local Government Secretary Ismael Suenosaid yesterday.

“We will discuss it first in a cluster meeting, which I will call this November, and include it in the agenda for the December Cabinet meeting. This is what we decided last night,” Sueno said.

President Rodrigo Duterte presided over the 8 th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang Thursday night, and no decision on the fate of the NIR was made, he said. moremoremore

Mayor set to file
raps vs. accuser

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Binalbagan Mayor Emmanuel Aranda, who is facing complaints for less serious physical injuries and grave threats before the Negros Occidental Prosecutor's Office, said yesterday that he is also filing charges of libel, direct assault and grave threats against complainant Dionesio Encinares.

Aranda said the filing of charges against Encinares stemmed from an incident on Oct. 11, where he confronted the complainant, for writing derogatory statements and calling him “stupid” in Facebook.

He added that Encinares was arrogant when he confronted him during a meeting of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team meeting at the Mayor's Conference Room in Binalbagan. moremoremore

 

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Negros Oriental safe amid US
warning versus terror threat
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines in Negros Oriental have assured that the province, especially some municipalities and cities and the world-renowned Apo Island dive destination, are safe from any terror threat from the kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group.

The assurance comes following a security warning released by the United States Embassy in Manila Thursday, on the risk of kidnapping by terror groups particularly in southern Cebu.

The US Embassy specifically mentioned “the areas around Dalaguete and Santander (to include Sumilon Island),” which are located on the side of Cebu island facing Negros Oriental, telling their nationals to “avoid travelling to these areas”. .