Montelibano Businessman Roberto Mobtebano explains his family's stand on the SJI-Diocese of Bacolod controversy at a press conference in the presence of his sister Liceria Zimmerman*


Foreigners victimized,
organized group eyed
BY SHIELA GELERA

The police now believe that the “salisi”suspects,who victimized foreigners eating at restaurants in Bacolod City, Wednesday, could bemembers of an organized group.

The suspects, about three to four of them,who conspired to steal the bag of an Australian national who was eating at a restaurant at SM City Bacolod, at about 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, also later victimized a Korean at another restaurant in the city.

At the mall, closed-circuit television camera footages showed a man wearing a black shirt and pants who went behind the Australian, and took his slingbag hangingfrom a chair. .moremoremore

Guv to back united
front for Benitez
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) in whatever post he runs for in the 2019 polls, especially for senator.

The governor was reacting to the statement of Benitez that the unity of the two local political parties in Negros Occidental will be a determining factor in his decision on whether to run for senator in the 2019.

Marañon heads the United Negros Alliance, while Benitez is a leader of the Love Negros group. moremoremore

 

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Army troops tracking
down armed men in Guihulngan
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Army troops of the 79th Infantry Battalion are tracking down 20 armed persons, including a woman, reported to have arrived in Guihulngan City in northern Negros Oriental Wednesday afternoon.

The unidentified armed group arrived in Guihulngan City on the same day that the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, headed by Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, had activated the 600-strong 2nd Negros Island Geographical Battalion in Negros Oriental at ceremonies held in Dumaguete City.

Lt. Col. Roderick Garcia, 79th IB commander, in an interview yesterday said a civilian first reported to the police in Guihulngan City the sighting of the armed group he believes are “Communist terrorists”..