MERGE The wake of nine massacre victims at the Sagay City Hall yesterday.* (Gilbert Bayoran photo)


Duterte aborts risky flight
but Sagay 9 kin get help

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

SAGAY CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the wake of nine massacre victims at the Sagay City Hall here was cancelled last night due to inclement weather that would have endangered his life, a Cabinet official said.

The president’s visit was aborted on the advice of his helicopter pilot that it would be very risky for them to push through, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones explained.

The plane carrying the president and his party landed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Naga at 6:15 last night and he boarded the presidential chopper for Sagay City at 6:30 p.m., but heavy rain forced his return to the Silay airport 14 minutes later, an airport source said. moremoremore


Suspect identified,
‘sinister plot’ bared
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

SAGAY CITY – The Philippine National Police announced yesterday that it already has identified a suspect and a witness to give a credible statement about the perpetrators behind the murder of nine civilians in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

“The witness knows personally one of the suspects because, he lives here. Therefore, he could tell exactly what happened and identify the suspect,” Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, regional police director of Western Visayas, who visited the site of the killings in Hacienda Nene, Brgy. Bulanon here, with top military officials, said.

Bulalacao disclosed that their witness can support their claim that the killings in Sagay were the handiwork of the NPA. But he did not say if the suspect is a member of the NPA, as the profiling of the suspect is still ongoing, he said. moremoremore

 

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150 flower, candle vendors
secure permits for ‘undas’
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has directed and authorized executive assistant Ernesto Pineda to monitor, assist in the implementation and regulation of public markets, public plaza, and public cemeteries in connection with the All Saints Day 2018 observance.

Pineda yesterday said about 150 flower and candle vendors in Bacolod City have secured special permits from the city government in preparation for the All Saints and All Souls days.

There are other permits that are still being processed. Flower vendors who have been issued special permits can start doing business from October 29 to November 2, he said.