LIN-AY These are among the life size images that will be featured in the procession in Talisay City on Good Friday to remind the faithful of Christ's love for mankind* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Blue alert up in NIR
for safe Holy Week

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councilwill raise its alert status throughout Negros Island Region to blue starting 5 p.m. today to 8 a.m. Monday next week to ensure a peaceful and safe observance of Holy Week.

Blue alert means heightened 24/7 monitoring by the RDRRMC operations center located at the NIR Office of Civil Defense at 7 th Ochoa Street, Bacolod City, Ma. AlethaNogra, OIC regional director of the Office of Civil Defense and chairperson of the RDRRMC NIR, said.

A team composed of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the OCD will man the operations center to ensure swift coordinated inter-agency response to untoward incidents, she said. moremoremore

AFP, PNP beef up
security at resorts

The Philippine Army has beefed up the police in the conduct of visibility operations in beach resort areas of Sipalay City and Hinobaan in Negros Occidental, after the attempt of Abu Sayyaf bandits to expand their operations inCentral Visayaswas foiled by authorities, thatresulted yesterday in agunbattle in Bohol.

Police Chief Inspector Romeo Vargas saidyesterday that the Sipalay City Police is being augmented by the 79th Infantry Battalion, whose troopers also joined the tourist police in their visibility operations in different resort areasof the city.

Vargas, who is the Sipalay City police officer-in-charge, said that their BantayDagat personnel have constantlybeen patrolling the city coastal areas, to help monitor the entry of fishing vessels. moremoremore


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4 troops, 5 ‘Abu Sayyaf' men
killed in encounter in Bohol

Four troops of the 47th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police and five alleged Abu Sayyaf Group rebels were killed in an encounter early yesterday in Sitio Ibaya, Barangay Napo in Inabanga town, Bohol.

Three of the government casualties included a lieutenant and two soldiers and a Philippine National Police member of the Special Weapons and Tactics, who were killed in action, Lt. Dodie Belloga, commander of the 47th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Bohol, said.

One soldier was also wounded in action, he added. .