MERGE ALMOST READY. The Ayala Mall behind the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City is nearing completion* (Andy Alvarez photo)

IBP 7-day protest set
vs. lawyer’s brutal slay

Members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Negros Occidental chapter are staging a 7-day indignation protest to demand justice for slain Bacolod lawyer Raphael Atotubo, their president, Arnel Lapore, said yesterday.

The protest that calls for an end to extra judicial killings and for upholding the rule of law and judicial processes, will kick off with a mass at the Bacolod City Hall of Justice lobby at 8:30 a.m. today.

The IBP is calling on all judges, prosecutors and concerned citizens to join them in condemning the brutal killing of Atotubo by joining the solidarity mass. moremoremore

Isabela cop chief relieved

The killing rampage of the New People’s Army in Isabela, Negros Occidental, yesterday led to the relief of Senior Inspector Randy Babor as the town police officer-in-charge.

Babor, who served as Isabela police officer-in-charge for almost a month, was replaced by Chief Inspector Lowell Garinganao, a mobile force company commander of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

Supt. Glenn Provido, deputy provincial police director for Operations of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, however, said that Garinganao will remain as 2nd Mobile Force Company commander. His being officer-in-charge of the Isabela Police Station will be an additional duty for him, Provido said. moremoremore


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NFSW urges DOLE to help sugar
workers during tiempo muerto

The National Federation of Sugar Workers appealed to the Department of Labor and Employment yesterday to institutionalize programs by using the unreleased social amelioration fund to help farmers and farmworkers during tiempos muertos, or dead sugarcane season.

NFSW chair Rolando Rillo said yesterday they are demanding that DOLE create programs for the farmers if they cannot release the social amelioration funds intended for them during tiempos muertos, as their situation continues to worsen with the implementation of the tax reform law.

With this demand, about 500 farmers and farmworkers marched through the DOLE-Neg. Occ. compound yesterday to air their woes about their situation this dead season, and demand that the government agency release to them their amelioration.