MERGE Chief Inspector Melchor Quisto and SPO4 Edgar Allan De Guzman check the medical condition of injured PO2 Rolando Prieto at a hospital in Bacolod City.*

PH governors support
Negros federal region


The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) yesterday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the inclusion of Negros Island, composed of the Occidental and Oriental provinces, as one of the federated regions of the country under the proposed federal system of government.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who was accompanied by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, sought the league’s support for the creation of the Negrosanon Federated Region (NFR) at the LPP Expanded National Executive Board meeting at Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City.

In seeking support for the reunification of Negros Occidental and Oriental under the NFR, Marañon cited the fact that the two provinces hada lot of positive gains in the one year and a half that they were united under the Negros Island Region. moremoremore

Ten injured in gunbattle

Ten were injured, including four policemen, while eight others were captured during an hour-long gunbattle in Hacienda Isabel Hilado, Brgy. Masaling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, early yesterday morning.

The gunbattle ensued after operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group led by Supt. Julius Ceasar Mana, assisted by the Mobile Force Company of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office led by Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director, and the local police, implemented a search warrant issued by Judge Elvira Panganiban against Rodel Taquiso and Salem Teodolo for violation of RA 10591, or illegal possession of firearms.

Chief Inspector Gary Alan Resuma, Cauayan police chief, said yesterday that hacienda guards and a security guard opened fire at the police, without any provocation, and hit some of them. moremoremore


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BSP exec explains
peso depreciation


An official from the Department of Economic Research of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said that the peso depreciation since last year only indicates increasing demand of the Filipinos expanding business abroad.

Senior director Zeno Ronald Abenoja said that despite the weakening peso, it is important to note that as the country undergoes the Asean integration process, more Filipinos are gaining a foothold in new markets around the Southeast Asian region.

As of yesterday, the foreign exchange rate of a US dollar to the peso was at P52.2860. Reports said that the average exchange rate this month is the weakest since 2006.