MERGE CHRISTMAS MASSES. Thousands gathered at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City at dawn yesterday for the start of the Misa de Gallo masses.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Security up for Tans

Police security has been provided for Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan and his wife, Nita, to ensure their safety at the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, Bacolod City Police Office acting city director, said yesterday.

The Tans survived an ambush in Purok Tagaytay, Barangay Alangilan in Bacolod, at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Although their Nissan Patrol SUV was riddled with bullets, the Tans did not sustain bullet wounds and only had slight injuries caused by broken glass. moremoremore

Five NPA guerilla fronts
set for CPP anniversary

The five guerilla fronts of the New People’s Army on Negros Island are all set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, Ka Juanito Magbanua, NPA Negros spokesman, said yesterday.

The celebration will highlight the gains of the revolutionary movement, that now has 110 guerilla fronts in 17 regions of the Philippines, or in 73 out of 81 provinces, he told the DAILY STAR.

The anniversary celebrations in Negros that will be joined by the masses, are expected to be attended by 2,000 to 3,000 per guerilla front, he said. moremoremore


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Residents barricade farms
to protest shipyard project

A group of farmers and fisherfolk barricaded their farm and residential lots as they try to block the road construction in Brgy. Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, that will be part of the development of the South Negros Industrial Estate.

A statement from the non-government organization Kaisahan and ILCO Agrarian Reform Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (ILARFFA), said the province has started bulldozing their land to make way for the road construction in the area that will host the $300 million shipyard and reuse facility.

The shipyard will be built by Japanese firm Tsuneishi Heavy Industries. The company has also a shipyard site in Balamban, Cebu.