WINNER Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, acting city director of Bacolod City Police Office (left), Yahya John Maquiran, of the Dar Al Ber Society Islamic Information Center, and Imam Omar Betita, head of the Al Dhikr Islamic Call and Guidance Center, at the celebration of Eid Al-Adha in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday.*

Duterte approves halt
to land use conversion
PARC cancels two SDOs in Negros, too

The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council headed by President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday cancelled Stock Distribution Options granted two large landholdings in Negros Occidental covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Cancelled were the SDOs granted Wuthrich Hermanos Inc. located in Buenavista, Calatrava town, covering 174.31 hectares with 336 farmer beneficiaries, and the SVG Farms in Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City, covering 170.6 hectares with 144 beneficiaries, DAR Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari said last night.

At the PARC meeting at Malacañang Palace, the president also approved the proposal of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano for a moratorium on land use conversion, a DAR statement said. moremoremore

Ebreo convicted,
gets jail term

The former head of the Office of the Building Administrator in Bacolod City was convicted and sentenced to suffer the penalty of imprisonment of arresto menor for 11 days for slight physical injuries in the criminal case filed against him in 2008 by a former foreman of the Department of Public Services.

Reynaldo "Butch" Ebreo, former city executive assistant, was found by the court "guilty beyond reasonable doubt" of slight physical injuries against Marlou "Nonoy" Amago, for injuries he inflicted on the latter.

As civil indemnity, the court also ordered Ebreo to pay Amago P2,000 for moral damages and P10,000 for attorney's fees. moremoremore


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Duterte orders American
advisers out of Mindanao

DAVAO - President Rodrigo Duterte ratcheted up his feud with the United States yesterday, ordering all American special forces out of Mindanao, where they have been advising local troops battling Muslim extremists.

Duterte's order came a week after he called US President Barack Obama "a son of a whore", causing Obama to cancel their scheduled bilateral meeting at a summit in Laos.

The Filipino leader, the first to hail from the south and who claims Muslim ancestry, has been stepping up efforts to bring peace to the southern Philippines, where decades-long insurgencies with Muslim and communist rebels have claimed more than 150,000 lives .