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Martial Law climate
of fear back: bishop

The climate of fear and terror, similar to the Martial Law years, is back, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said yesterday.

Alminaza said the ongoing Synchronized Enhancement Managing Police Operation (SEMPO) was meant to address the escalating incidents of killings, lawlessness and criminality, but is now a cause for concern with six already killed Thursday in Negros Oriental.

Close to 50 persons were also arrested. moremoremore

NDF, NPA slam Neg. Or. killings

The National Democratic Front and New People’s Army in Negros yesterday slammed what they called continuing attacks in Negros Oriental against progressive organizations and ordinary peasants in the guise of a Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines war against drugs and crime prevention campaign.

NDF-Negros spokesperson Ka Frank Fernandez said the crackdown sets the stage for the open declaration of Martial Law in Negros and nationwide.

Ka Juanito Magbanua, spokesperson of the NPA Apolinario Gatmaitan Command, also said that the continuing simultaneous attacks in Negros Oriental are extra-judicial killings (EJKs) and illegal arrests, not all related to drugs and criminal activities. moremoremore


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December inflation to settle
within 5.2-6% range, BSP says

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has seen inflation going on a sustained slowdown this month due to declining prices of petroleum products and rice.

The BSP Department of Economic Research projects inflation rate to settle between 5.2 percent and 6 percent this December.

“The sustained slowdown of inflation during the month is seen to be driven mainly by the continued decline in petroleum and rice prices, the rollback in minimum jeepney fare, and the slight appreciation of the peso,” the BSP-DER said in a statement yesterday.