police Chief Supt Edmund Gonzales (right),NIR police director, inspects the security preparedness of the Calatrava Police Station, in the wake of a rebel raid on a police station in Maasin, Iloilo.*

Attacks scare
‘hoax' but vigilance urged
Anti-terrorism task force convened

Army and police officials yesterday said an alleged warning of attacks from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency on key cities nationwide by Islamist terrorists on June 30 is a hoax, but said they are not letting their guard down and are continuing to strengthen security measures.

The alleged NICA warning circulating on social media networks and through text messages, also alleges that some of the terrorists were monitored in Negros and Guimaras.

Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3 rd Infantry Division commander, and Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental OIC police director, both denied receiving such intelligence report.

Coast Guard ups
vessel nspection

The Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod Station is strengthening its intelligence information gathering and inspection of sea vessels coming in and out of Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

Lt. Commander Jimmy Oliver Vingno, PCG-Bacolod head, said their unit and other law enforcement agencies in the province,are ready to secure the ports so lawless elements and members of terrorist groups can not enter.

Vingno said they are also closely-coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to combat these terror threats. moremoremore


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Dismissal of case sought
vs. Russian in turtle's slay

The counsel of a Russian national accused of killing an endangered sea turtle inside a marine sanctuary in Dauin, Negros Oriental last month, filed a motion yesterday to dismiss the case.

Joel Obar, counsel for accused Anton Likharev of Vladivostok, Russia, filed the motion to dismiss, saying “the law provides for an administrative procedure” under Section 130 of Republic 8550 as amended by Republic Act 10654 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines.

“Before you go to court, there is a principle of exhaustion of administrative remedies before the courts will take jurisdiction,” he said.