MASS COLORFUL. Participants in the 13 th Pinta Lawas (Body Painting) contest in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, Tuesday* ( Ronnie Baldonado photos )

Cop says he'll fight
link to Serenio slays

“I will not back down, I will continue to fight until the last drop of my blood.”

This was what Senior Police Officer 1 Joshua Barilesaid at a press conference held at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City, yesterday, after confirming that he had been charged for two counts of murder in connection with the death of the brother and father of Ricky Serenio, a self-confessed bagman of the Berya Drug Group.

Barile said he did not kill the Serenios, he was framed by someone out for revenge against him. moremoremore

House doubles
tax on HFCS – Albee

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said the Visayan bloc failed to reduce the excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and carbonated drinks using locally produced sugar from P10 per liter to P5, but they were able to double the amount on imported sweeteners in the House-approved comprehensive tax reform package .

Benitez, who along with the Visayan bloc congressmen, had lobbied for a P5 reduction,said it was not granted because the country's financial managers had a set amount to meet.

However, this will be offset by the inclusion of the provision in the tax reform package that raised the excise tax to P20 per liter on sweetened beverages using imported sweeteners, he said. moremoremore


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Family receives remains
of soldier slain in Marawi

The remains of the slain Army officer from Bais City, Negros Oriental, arrived yesterday afternoon on board a Philippine Air Force Nomad aircraft from Mindanao, and received full military honors from the Philippine Army's 79th Infantry Battalion and the 2nd Negros Island Geographical Battalion at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport.

On hand were the parents of 2Lt. MacGlen Abuyabor, family and friends, Lloyd Elmaco, the Bais City legal officer, Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, and Bantay Bayanihan sa Kapayapaan local chapter head Marietta Jambora, among others.

Abuyabor, 28, single, was killed by sniper fire early Wednesday morning during a clash with terrorists of the Maute group that has besieged Marawi City for several days now.