lactao BUSMEN WIN. Iain Ramsay controls the ball for Ceres-Negros as the Busmen routed Ilocos United, 7-0, at the Philippines Football League match at the Pana-ad Stadium in Bacolod City, Saturday (Story on Sports Section).* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Visayan Sea security up

The Visayan Sea Safety and Security Inter-Agency Task Force has been established to prevent the spread of terrorism and related activities in central Philippines.

Representatives of various security and government agencies signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding formally creating the inter-agency task force in Cebu.

Among the signatories were Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commanding general of the AFP Central Command, and Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who supervises security operations in Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas. moremoremore

Guv targets more funds, unity

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.said yesterday that he is putting income generating projects in place to ensure that Negros Occidental will not be solely dependent on its share of the Internal Revenue Allotment in the future, and his dream is that the political leaders of the province will unite to hasten progress.

Marañon, who is on his last term as governor, said the one and a half hectare property near the Capitol where the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. is located, is up for long term lease and the provincial government is open to unsolicited proposals.

The NFEFI office and facility that houses endangered species such as the rare warty pigs, leopard cats, spotted deers, bleeding heart pigeons and many more animals in danger of vanishing forever, will be transferred to the provincial government-owned Panaad Park in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, he said. moremoremore


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Army accused of human rights
violations in Guihulngan clash

Karapatan-Negros and its allied groups claimed to have documented massive human rights violations in Sitio Agpapataw, Brgy. Binubuhan, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental, as a result of their fact-finding mission, following an encounter between the New People's Army and the 79th Infantry Battalion on June 30.

Karapatan-Negros secretary general Clarissa Singson Dagatan accused the military of indiscriminate firing, alleged harassments of residents, burning of a house, looting, and killing of livestock, among others, that led to the evacuation of some residents.

But Captain Eduardo Precioso, 3 rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office chief, challenged Karapatan and its allied organizations to file charges in court, if they have evidences, as he dismissed the allegations as mere propaganda.