COUNCILORS Bacolod Councilor Em Ang, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Davao City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, Philippine Councilors League national chairman, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Catbalogan City Councilor Beethoven Bermejo (l-r) at the SMX Convention Plaza in Bacolod City yesterday.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

DND clears Negros VM
of link to Maute terrorists

The Department of National Defense cleared last night Binalbagan ViceMayor Samuel Gavaran of Negros Occidental of any link to the Maute terror group.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Samuel Gavaran listed in Arrest Order Number 2 dated June 5, 2017, is from Northern Mindanao, and is a Muslim convert.

The help of Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, Army's 3rd Infantry Division commander, who supervises Army units stationed in Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas, was tapped to verify with the Defense department the veracity of the report. moremoremore

DOLE lifts travel ban to Qatar

With the situation back to normal, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello yesterday said that he has lifted the suspension on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers to Qatar, in close coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Last week, Bello ordered the temporary suspension of the deployment of OFWs to Qatar due to the severing of its diplomatic ties with other Arab countries, as he feared that it might endanger the security of Filipinos workers .

He added that his decision on a temporary moratorium on the deployment of OFWs to Qatar triggered alarm from employment agencies and even Qatar officials. moremoremore


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PCG, PPA in Dumaguete
say security a priority

The Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Ports Authority in Dumaguete City assured the public that despite the recent incidents that led to misunderstandings between them, they will not sacrifice and compromise their common primordial role of securing the city port from any kind of threat.

Coast Guard Dumaguete Station commander, Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho, and PPA port manager Sarah Mijares, in separate interviews yesterday, made the assurance to support and complement each other even as the PCG national headquarters is now conducting an investigation into a complaint lodged by PPA employees earlier.

Before the interviews, both heads of the government agencies under the Department of Transportation discussed in a closed-door meeting certain arrangements to ensure that the security operations at the Dumaguete port will not be affected by the strained relationship, Mijares said..