welcome Gov. Alfredo Marañon welcomes back the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company soldiersled by 1Lt. Paul Gobway who fought the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Next target:
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Troopers of the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company were among these who fought the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol and the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist groups in Marawi City for five months this year.

Now they are up for another battle with another terrorist group in Negros Island - the New People's Army, Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commanding general of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, said yesterday.

Led by 1Lt. Paul Gobway, a recipient of a Gold Cross Medal for his exploits in Bohol, the newly-arrived 31 st   DRC troopers from Marawi were accorded with a heroes' welcome yesterday by the provincial government of Negros Occidental headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. moremoremore

‘Life in Marawi was not
easy but we did our job'

Life of the soldiers from Negros fighting the Maute-Islamic State terror group in Marawi City was not easy.

There were many ways to die while in Marawi – from bullets fired by the terrorists, to being bitten by dengue-carrying mosquitoes,Technical Sergeant Jose Lumayno of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental,said yesterday.

Lumaynois one of the 81 soldiers belonging to the Army's 31st Division Reconnaissance Company who received a heroes' welcome at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City following their more than 4-month stay inMarawi City. moremoremore


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Union expects to get
P6.6-M benefits from First Farmers

The First Arrastre Stevedoring Services Employees' Union expects to claim the P6.6 million farm workers' benefits from the First Farmers Holding Corp. next week, as the order from the Department of Labor and Employment has already been received by both parties.

DOLE had earlier junked the motion for reconsideration filed by First Farmers as it lacked merit, making them pay around 92 farmers an aggregate amount of P6,662,110.90in wage differentials and benefits not given to the complainants of FASSEU.

FASSEU chairman Armando Alicante said they expected the money to be deposited by First Farmers, or else they will file a complaint before the court for non-compliance...