Pres. Duterte President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with the family of NPA ambush victim Supt. Arnel Arpon of Hino-ba-an, Negros Occidental,during his visit to Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Thursday*

Duterte wants aggressive
drive vs. NPA in Negros

President Rodrigo Duterte wants aggressive military operations against the New People's Army in the Negros Island Region, after the series of atrocities committed by the communist rebels, includingthe killing of six policemen and a civilian during their attacks in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

This was disclosed yesterday by Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who,with other security officials in the Visayas headed by Lt. Gen.OscarLactao, AFP Central Command chief, held a closed door command conference and late dinner with President Duterte Thursday night in Dumaguete City.

Aying said the president told them that security operations will be focused on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines liberatesMarawi from the ISIS-inspired Maute terror group. 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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Task force starts probe
on Guihulngan ambush

The Philippine National Police in the Negros Island Region is digging deeper into the details and other circumstances surrounding the July 21 ambush in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental that left six police officers and a civilian dead.

Sr. Supt. Petronelli Baldebrin, deputy regional director for operations of Police Regional Office 18, said that Negros Oriental acting provincial director, Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, has requested PRO-18 to issue orders for the activation of the Special Investigation Task Group to investigate the ambush.

Biñas will be the SITG commander while Baldebrin will be the SITG supervisor. .