MERGE DANGEROUS. An overloaded jeepney travels down the Murcia highway in Negros Occidental.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

NBI agents seize guns,
bring in 21 mine guards



National Bureau of Investigation agents, accompanied by Army soldiers, swooped down on the defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. site in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, early yesterday morning in search of illegal firearms and hauled in about 21 security guards for questioning.

The security guards belonging to two security agencies said about 21 of them were picked up by the NBI agents at the mine site and brought to their Bacolod office.

Twelve of the guards from the San Vicente Security Agency in Cebu and nine from DSRwere hired by the National Mines and Allied Workers Union to secure property at the mines, they said.moremoremore

Arrest of 6 ‘rebels’ in NegOr hit

The Apolinario Gatmaitan Command of the New People’s Army and Karapatan Central Visayas have issued separate statements denouncing the arrest of six persons in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, accused of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Juan Malaya, who claimed to be the spokesperson of the AGC, said in a signed statement that government troops are the ones entering homes of poor farmers in the hinterland barangays without asking permission, and harassing them to admit they are members and supporters of the NPA.

The statement did not say whether the persons arrested are members of the CPP/NPA.moremoremore


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Manapla kids trained on farming

The children of agrarian reform beneficiaries in Manapla, Negros Occidental are now being trained on the basics of organic farming and they get to earn from it through harvesting their planted crops.

Executive assistant to the governor, Manuel Escalante, said yesterday that the local government of Manapla is currently funding a program where the youth, aged 7 to 18 years old, are trained to become future farmers for the next generation.

Escalante said this farm development program for the youth aims to train them to become farmers, as it is seen as a degrading profession and training them young is a key for them to be “hi-tech” farmers in the future.