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 mulls imposing
nationwide martial law

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened yesterday to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism, after Islamist militants beheaded a policeman and took Catholic hostages while rampaging through a southern city.

Duterte declared martial law Tuesdayin Mindanao -- which makes up roughly one third of the country and is home to 20 million people -- in an immediate response to the attacks by the gunmen, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Duterte said he was considering also imposing martial law in the Visayas, because this region is very close to Mindanao. moremoremore

Negros AFP-PNP
on full red alert

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police in Negros Island Region have been placed again on full alert status, following an attack staged by the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

Col. Eliezer Losañes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said that for NIR, Negros Oriental is the nearest point to Mindanao.

Losañes also said that he already directed all commanders of Army Infantry units to intensify their intelligence collection and monitoring of the ongoing incident in Marawi, in anticipation of possible spillover to their areas. moremoremore


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NGuv, Peoples Solidarity
support martial law

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday said he respects the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial Law in Mindanao.

Being an ally and a supporter, the governor said he understands the decision as the best thing to do to address the problem in Mindanao.

“Let us trust the President, his judgment is the best judgment as of now, and we will observe how Congress will react to the declaration of Mindanao under Martial Rule,” Joel Obar, national chairman of the Peoples Solidarity Federal Party, said. .