MERGE DOCU. A member of the ATA-Bukidnon Tribe of Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, stirs his coffee using a leaf stem, in this photo documentary initiated by the Camera Club of Negros, for the Indigenous People conference in the town on Nov. 20* (Nic Ledesma photo)

2 rebels killed in AFP,
NPA clash in Escalante

Government troopers and suspected New People’s Army rebels figured in an encounter yesterday in Sitio Puting Bato, Brgy. Washington in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, that reportedly claimed the lives of two communist rebels, a military officer said.

Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said that an M16 assault rifle, a 45 caliber pistol, a bandoleer with six magazines containing 120 rounds of ammunition, two sacks of rice, two water containers, assorted personal belongings, as well as subversive documents, were recovered at the encounter site.

But Arevalo said they were not able to recover the two slain rebels, as they could have been carried away by their withdrawing comrades, or being hidden in the area. moremoremore

P2.4 million in ‘shabu’ seized

About P2.4 million in suspected shabu, several guns and ammunitions were seized in the one-time big-time anti-drug operations conducted by the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office in Dumaguete City and nearby Sibulan town, in the province yesterday.

The biggest haul was in Northville Subdivision, Barangay Boloc-boloc, in Sibulan where P1.18 million worth of “shabu” was confiscated from the suspect, identified as Nochelyn Cuizon. The search was conducted by operatives of the Special Operations Group, led by Senior Ins. Armel Von Alegria and Insp. June Allen Germodo.

Before the search, Cuizon’s live-in partner, Chad Lucero, was caught in possession of a big “bulto(pack)” of suspected shabu, weighing about 100 grams.Also recovered were an electric sealer, two improvised tooters, three disposable lighters, tin foil, and cash proceeds, among others, the police said. moremoremore


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NegOcc 2nd most competitive
province in Western Visayas

Negros Occidental was awarded as second Most Competitive Province in Western Visayas during the 2nd Regional Development Council VI Regional Ceremony of Competitive Local Government Units, and the awarding was held in Iloilo City yesterday, a Capitol press release said.

Donna Rose Ratilla, co-chairperson of RDC VI, and Ma. Luisa Segovia, chairperson of the Regional Investment Coordination Committee, led in the giving of awards to the winning LGUs.

Negros Occidental Planning and Development Coordinator, Ma. Lina Sanogal, received the award in behalf of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., together with Jhen Medina of the Provincial Economic Development and Investment Center.