ninoy Negrenses brought flowers, balloons and lighted torches at the statue of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in Bacolod City yesterday* ( CPG photo )

‘Don't be indifferent,
stand up vs. killings'

Several Negrense groups   yesterday laid flowers, released yellow balloons and lit torches at the statue of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. at Araneta Street in Barangay Singcang, Bacolod City, “to keep the flame of democracy that he gave his life for, alive”.

Speakers also called on the public not to remain indifferent and to stand up against the culture of death and abuse of democracy as Aquino did when he fought the Marcos dictatorship.

Aquino, a staunch opponent of Marcos, was assassinated at the Manila International Airport, now the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, on Aug. 21, 1983 on his return from a 3-year self-exile in Boston, Massachusetts. moremoremore

San Carlos bishop joins call, too

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday joined the call of the Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines for an end to the unabated killings in the name of the war on drugs.

“We deplore vehemently the killings without due process committed by whoever, but especially by those committed to protect our citizens,” Alminaza said.

He said the joint pastoral statement of the four dioceses of Negros Island on extrajudicial killings issued in October last year remains valid and relevant, today more than ever.


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2 killed in shooting

Two persons were killed and two others injured in shooting incidents in Dumaguete City Sunday.

Guillermo Fernandez Awil, 59, of Purok 6, Barangay Batinguel in Dumaguete, and a gaffer by profession, was shot by unidentified suspects near the Barangay Hall of Motong, while on his way home from an alleged illegal gambling activity near a subdivision in Pulantubig, Sunday afternoon.

His son, Rogel, 24, sustained bruises when their motorcycle fell on the ground. . .