Santa Cruzan SANTACRUZAN. The 1st Silay City Santacruzan Reyna Elena Eloide Langlet, who was 2nd Runner-up Lin-ay sang Negros 2017, being escorted by Mayor Mark Golez, Sunday.*
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Negros solons air stands
on Mindanao martial law

Since all the congressmen in Mindanao support the declaration of martial law in their area, those from other regions should support it, too, Negrense Rep. Stephen Paduano (AbangLingkod) said yesterday.

“We, the congressmen from the other regions, don't have the moral authority to question it since they are the ones who have the grasp and are knowledgeable of the situation,” Paduano said.

But declaring martial law in the Visayas is a different situation, he said. moremoremore

Pacquiao supports Duterte

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao gave staunch support for President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law declaration yesterday, saying the country should be "grateful" for its strong leader.

Duterte last week declared martial law in Mindanao to combat what he called a rising threat posed by the Islamic State group, after militants rampaged through a city triggering deadly battles.

Activists, opposition lawmakers, and even some of Duterte's allies criticized the decision, warning it could lead to rights violations and widen abuses amid his ongoing deadly drug war. moremoremore


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Donations for Marawi
siege evacuees sought

The Diocese of Dumaguete is appealing to the faithful to send in donations for the displaced residents of Marawi City amidst the ongoing war between government security forces and Muslim extremist groups, led by the Maute Group.

Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes asked the parish priests of the diocese to appeal to their parishioners for cash donations instead of goods as it is easier to send to Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña.

On Sunday, Cortes led other parishes in their masses in asking for prayers for besieged Marawi and for Mindanao, which is now under martial rule following its declaration by President Rodrigo Duterte..