love bagsParticipants in the walk to the Queen of Peace Church in Bacolod City yesterday* Andy Alvarez photo

‘Hoping for a miracle'
Last mass at Queen of Peace Church today

About 200 persons praying the rosary walked behind the statue of the Queen of Peace inthe rainyesterday afternoon from the San Sebastian Cathedral to the Queen of Peace Parish Church in Bacolod City where a last mass will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Vladimir Velez, a St, John's Institute graduate, said he joined the walk "hoping for a miracle that the doors of the Queen of Peace Church remain open. I feel saddened it had to reach this point. I was raised and went to school at Hua Ming and we don't want to lose the church we grew up in."

LitoSion said he got married at the Queen of Peace Church on December 1992. "I joined the walk to pray that the church remains open for the faithful. This church has been part of our community, of our family life, and I hope it will continue to be part of our lives longer. " moremoremore

2 tanods killed

Two barangay tanods were shot and killed yesterday by a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Brgy. Canlusong, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, the police said.

Dead on the spot were Armando Labto Jr. and Rogelio Bendol, who were identified by the police as tanod members of Brgy. Canlusong, EB Magalona.

The suspect, identified by the EB Magalona police as CAFGU member Renante Villarosa, immediately fled, bringing with him the M-14 assault rifle he had used in shooting the two victims. moremoremore


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‘Civilian authority remains
upreme during martial law'

Ranking police and military officials assured a multi-sectoral gathering in Dumaguete City yesterday that civilian authority will remain supreme even during the declaration of martial law in any region, such as in the Visayas.

The assurance was made as mayors, church leaders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders attended a peace symposium to discuss gains and other accomplishments following the declaration of Negros Oriental as conflict-manageable and development ready.

Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commanding officer of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, and Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, acting police provincial director of Negros Oriental, stressed that there are safeguards in the Constitution that would prevent abuses during a martial rule..