MERGE The Negrense stars Carlos Sison, Kuh Ledesma, Emcy Corteza, Vanya Castor, Ronnie Lazaro and Joel Torre (l-r) in Bacolod for the musical “Panaad: The Promise Fulfilled”* (Benjie Torre photo)

Army overruns rebel camp

Army soldiers seized a New People’s Army camp yesterday, following an encounter in Brgy. Guadalupe, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Capt. Emil Jaudian, acting Civil Military Operations officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said that the seized NPA camp could accommodate 30 to 40 persons.

Jaudian said residents in the area reported the presence of NPA rebels to the 79th Infantry Battalion soldiers, who immediately responded.moremoremore

NPA claims Isabela killings

The New People’s Army did it again.

Following their admission of being behind the five killing of suspected military informants last month, the NPA issued another statement yesterday claiming responsibility for the death of a retired Army soldier and former policeman on April 9 in Brgy. Bulad, Isabela, Negros Occidental.

Killed were retired Army TSgt. Jose Jorito Amable, who used to be a member of the 11th Infantry Battalion, former SPO1 Alejandro Borres II, who used to be assigned at the Moises Padilla Police Station, and Federico Bitgue, who was reportedly a member of the Barangay Peacekeeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Moises Padilla.moremoremore


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Planting of special rice urged

An official from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said Negros Occidental is a good source for black and red rice as the varieties available in the province have higher amounts of anti-oxidants compared to other areas, to help eradicate lifestyle diseases in the country.

Marissa Romero, chief science research specialist of PhilRice, said yesterday that Negros was one of the initial areas of their research in special rice varieties and they discovered that in some towns in the province, like Calatrava and La Castellana, there are good black and red rice varieties with high anti-oxidants levels.

“These varieties from Negros could be used as parent breeds for other varieties in other areas in the country,” she said in an interview with the DAILY STAR.