MERGE PEACE. The Barangay Gimbala-on, Silay City, Christmas tree calls out for “Peace on Earth.”* (Ronnie J. Baldonado photo)

Cop chief relieved;
NPA denies killing

The New People’s Army Apolinario Gatmaitan Command yesterday debunked allegations that they were behind the killing of Senior Inspector Porferio Gabuya on Wednesday in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, claiming that it could have been perpetrated by a certain group against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Two motorcycle-riding suspects shot and killed Gabuya, deputy police chief for Operations of the Guhulngan City Police Station, at a commercial establishment, near the police station, where he was having coffee. He succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds as one of the suspects used an M-4 assault rifle in shooting the police officer, a Guihulngan police investigation showed.

The killing of Gabuya also led to the relief of Supt. Mario Baquiran as the police chief of Guihulngan City. moremoremore

Situation getting alarming: VG

The series of killings in Negros and Bacolod City are getting alarming, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday, as he called on authorities to get their acts together in preventing the occurrence of such crimes.

Lacson, who cited the killing of a barangay captain and the ambush of Bacolod Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan and his wife in a matter of weeks, as well as the murder of a deputy police chief in Negros Oriental, said “We cannot say anymore that this is an isolated case”.

In the past two months, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was murdered in Kabankalan City, while the police have yet to identify an armed group behind the massacre of nine persons occupying a private property in Sagay City, all in Negros Occidental. moremoremore


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DOT eyeing more
farm tourism sites

The Department of Tourism is continuing its efforts to accredit more farm tourism sites, and create more programs to promote and increase participation from other organizations that could help this sector.

The assurance came from DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato, who vowed to create similar events like the Kaon Na ‘Ta Food and Travel Festival at the Ayala Capitol Central in Bacolod City Wednesday night, to reach out to all organizations and help promote the Philippines.

“We are mandated to implement the Farm Tourism Development Act. In fact, we already accredited more than 100 farm tourism sites in the country to help farm tourism grow,” Boncato said in a media interview.