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Call center agent
robbed and raped

Two tricycle-riding suspects robbed and raped a call center agent,who rode on their vehicle on her way to work,in Bacolod City, at about 3 a.m. yesterday.

The 26-year-old victim, whose name the DAILY STAR withheld to protect her identity, rode a red Bajaj motorcycle with sidecar from Barangay Alijis, Chief Insp. Charles Gever, Police Station 7 commander, said.

The woman told the police that the tricycle was driven by a man about 30 to 35 years old, of medium build, and was wearing a red bullcap and denim short pants, while his back-rider was described to be of medium build and about 24 to 25 years old. moremoremore

NIR remains focus
of Army operations

The Negros Island Region remains the “focus” of security operations of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in the three regions of the Visayas, its commander, Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, said yesterday.

Aying said he tasked Col. EliezerLosañes, newly-installed 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, to take charge of the “focus operations” that will be conducted in Negros Occidental.

The island of Negros used to have two Army brigades that supervised the four Army battalions in the conduct of security operations against lawless armed groups in the hinterlands. Now, there are only two battalions of Army soldiers left in the island. moremoremore


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NegOr reactivates task force
against kidnapping, terrorism

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has confirmed the reactivation of the composite Task Force Leon Kilat, with its members scheduled for a training/workshop on anti-kidnapping and anti-terrorism next week.

This comes following fresh intelligence reports of world-renowned dive destination Apo Island off the coast of Dauin, Negros Oriental, as a potential target by the kidnap-for-ransom group Abu Sayyaf.

But Degamo late Tuesday downplayed the report, saying that the threat has always been there and “we just have to be on our guard”. .