Pres. Duterte President Rodrigo Duterte with PO2 Jorie Maribao on whom he conferred a wounded personnel medal at the Silliman University Medical Center last night* )

Come home and fight

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday told Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison, “if you are truly a revolutionary leader, come home and fight here” instead of being a coward living the good life in a foreign country.

Duterte was in Negros Oriental yesterday to confer posthumous awards on six policemen killed in an ambush by the New People's Army in Guihulngan City, and wounded personnel medals on three injured cops confined at the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City.

“I came here to share in the sorrow of the families of the policemen and to criticize the Communist Party of the Philippines”, said Duterte, who also provided the bereaved financial assistance. moremoremore

Full honors
given to slain Ranger

Negrense PFC Ramonito Occeña, a member of the elite Scout Ranger unit, who died in a gunbattle with the Maute terrorist group in Marawi, was accorded full military honorsyesterday afternoon, upon the arrival of his remains at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Negros Occidental.

The remains of Occeña, a member of the 3rd Scout Ranger Company, Special Operations Command, that was previously assigned in central Negros, was flown in by a Philippine Air Force Nomad aircraft from Laguindingan Airport in Misamis, Negros Occidental, Capt. Eduardo Precioso, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, said.

Precioso said the body of Occeña was immediately transported to his home in Brgy. Manlocahoc, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, escorted by members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion. moremoremore


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Duterte gives medals,
support to cops in Guihulngan ambush

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday conferred posthumous awards to six killed-in-police-operation officers, during his visit to their wake at the City Hall of Guihulngan in Negros Oriental.

Guihulngan police chief, Supt. Arnel Arpon, Senior Police Officer 2 Necasio Pasculado Tabilon, PO3 Teovic Gador Agosto, PO2 Alvin Paul Alquizola Bulandres, PO2 Alfredo Lastimoso Dunque, and SPO1 Jesael Ancheta, were responding to a call for police assistance, but were killed after being ambushed by an armed group of suspected rebels at Magsaysay Village in Guihulngan City on July 21.

Duterte, who arrived at the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, immediately flew to Guihulngan via the presidential chopper, to condole with the bereaved families and loved ones of the six policemen.