killings Lea May Saldua is shown shielding the body of Councilor Eden Bacordo from their assailants.* ( Pons Espino/BomboRadyo photo )

Councilor, 2 others killed

A councilor of Salvador Benedicto town and his live-in partner were killed, even as she begged for his life, by unidentified armed men in Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia town, Negros Occidental, 9:30 a.m. yesterday.

Also killed was Bacordo's alleged bodyguard who is a job order employee of the Salvador Benedicto municipal government.

Senior Inspector Ronald Santillan, Murcia police officer-in-charge , identified the victims as Salvador Benedicto Councilor Eden Bacordo, 39, his alleged live-in-partner Lea May Saldua, 39, and Arnold Larida. moremoremore

Armed men attack
solar farm in Cadiz

Suspected New People's Army rebels armed with hand grenades and high powered weapons, as well as grenade launchers, fired at and damaged 90 solar panels of the biggest solar farm in Southeast Asia located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Mayor Patrick Escalante said yesterday.

Escalante placed the damage to the 90 solar panels at P2.250 million, which he said was minimal.

The armed men fired from outside the perimeter fence and no one was hurt, he said. moremoremore

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PHL, US ink agreement
on drug demand slash

The United States of America and the Philippines government announced plans to begin drug demand reduction programs under the existing Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement, a government press release said yesterday.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, signed an amended Letter of Agreement which commits more than P102 million in additional funding from the Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The funds will support Philippine initiatives to develop drug reduction programs focused on public health and community-based interventions.

The signing of the amendment marked a new step in the US-Philippines partnership. Under this agreement, both countries will collaborate on areas ranging from treatment and prevention, to policy development, in order to support a comprehensive public health program focused on reducing the demand for drugs..