MERGE HAPPY FACES. Dancers wearing smiling masks like these will greet the crowds during the MassKara Festival street dance competitions in Bacolod City this weekend.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Massacre suspects
to face multiple raps

The police is planning to file multiple murder charges against three to four suspects involved in the killing of nine civilians in Hacienda Nene, Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City, within a week, Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto said yesterday.

Mansueto, who is the Sagay City police chief, said that they are now finalizing affidavits of witnesses, and are awaiting the PNP Crime Laboratory autopsy findings.

But he raised the possibility that the number of suspects to be charged may increase. moremoremore

NFSW: Guv’s
accusation premature

It is not true that the National Federation of Sugar Workers caused the death of its own members, NFSW Negros chairperson Rolando Rillo said yesterday.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Tuesday blamed the NFSW for the massacre of nine civilians in Hacienda Nene, Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City, Saturday.

The NFSW sent the victims to occupy the hacienda even if they had no Certificate of Land Ownership Awards, and the land has already been distributed to 25 beneficiaries, he said. moremoremore


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94.3% employment rate in Q3

Western Visayas employment rate dropped by 0.3 percent in the third quarter this year at 94.3 percent, compared to the second quarter at 94.6 percent, records from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed.

The Current Labor Statistics report of the PSA, published in its website on Oct. 12, said that, as of July this year, the employment rate of the region is at 94.3 percent with 21.2 percent underemployment rate, and unemployment rate at 5.7.

The unemployment rate was higher compared to the second quarter of the year in April at 5.4, and in the first quarter in January at 4.9 percent, the records showed.