MERGE More than 3,000 bikers from all over Negros Occidental joined the “Tour of the Fireflies” yesterday, that is now on its 4th year* (Gilbert Bayoran photo)

Intel operatives charged
with attempted murder

Two Army intelligence operatives trailing friends of slain human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos attending his burial Saturday in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, have been charged with attempted murder.

Chief Inspector Clifford Baladhay, deputy police chief of Sipalay City, said yesterday that it was Teofisto Melisa of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, who was among those who attended the burial of Ramos, who filed attempted murder charges before the Sipalay City Prosecutor’s Office.

Initially, charges of unjust vexation were supposed to be filed. However, NUPL upgraded these later to attempted murder charges, Baladhay said. moremoremore

NPA coddles massacre
witness: Army

A witness in the Sagay 9 massacre, who did not cooperate in the investigation of the police, is being coddled by the New People’s Army, military and police officials said.

Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday said the Sagay 9 massacre witness was in the company of communist rebels hiding in the house of a certain Elena Yap in Sitio Puting Bato, Brgy. Washington, Escalante City, and this was discovered after the encounter.

Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said the puzzle of the Sagay nine incident is now clear and shows that the CPP-NPA is trying to influence and brainwash the witness to the incident, and obstruct the process of the investigation. moremoremore


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SEC to open Bacolod office

“This is the only SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) local office in the country created by legislation, and we give the credit to then Congressman Evelio ‘Bing’ Leonardia.”

This was the statement of Gerardo del Rosario, director of SEC Company Registration and Monitoring Department, when he announced that the SEC will officially open its permanent office in Bacolod City on Friday.

Del Rosario led the delegation, composed of Human Resource and Administrative Department director Romuald Padilla, training officer Diana Elvina Cortes, and legal counsel Ma. Cristina Montelibano, who visited the Bacolod City Government Center recently to formally announce the opening of the Bacolod SEC office.