gonzales Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, newly-designated NIR police director, (right) joins the PNP Regional Advisory Council meeting at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, presided over by former Bacolod City Mayor Luzviminda Valdez, with Senior Supt. Rolly Miranda and other PRO 18 staff officers.* ( Gilbert Bayoran photo )

Duterte declares
martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law last night in Mindanao, where security forces have been battling Islamic State group-linked militants, his spokesman said.

"As of 10 p.m. Manila time Duterte has declared martial law for the entire island of Mindanao," spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a nationally televised briefing from Moscow where the president was on an official visit.

Abella said martial law would be in place for 60 days. . moremoremore

Serenio's pa killed

The father of Ricky Serenio, a self-confessed bagman of the Berya drug group, was gunned down in Purok Sampaguita 1, Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City, at about 10:10 p.m. Monday.

Wilfredo Serenio, 53, sustained gunshot wounds on his abdomen, the left side of his body and his left arm. He was brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center but was declared dead at about 11:30 p.m., a police report said.

The killing of Wilfredo followed a month after his son Wilmar, also surnamed Serenio, 31, was shot dead,also in the area, on April 10. moremoremore


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No Brigada certificate
needed for enrollment

The assistant regional director of the Department of Education in the Negros Island Region yesterday clarified that enrolling a child at a public school does not require a certificate of participation in the Brigada Eskwela.

Salustiano Jimenez issued the clarification, following a complaint from a mother, who claimed that when she enrolled her son in Grade 7 at the Negros Oriental High School in Dumaguete City, she was asked to give a sack of cement in the absence of a Brigada Eskwela certificate.