MERGE EARTH HOUR. SM City Bacolod spearheaded the Earth Hour celebration with the Earth Hour Core Group and environment advocates in Bacolod City who joined the rest of the world that plunged into darkness for an hour Saturday to focus the spotlight on climate change and its impact on the planet.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Police kill 14 in NegOr

The Philippine National Police maintained yesterday that the 14 persons killed in Negros Oriental Saturday fought back while being served court-issued search warrants for illegal possession of firearms.

The Oplan Sauron 2ptO of the Police Regional Office 7 and the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office on Saturday left 14 dead, including two barangay captains, while 16 others were arrested and 21 assorted firearms, explosives and subversive documents were recovered, Police Col. Raul Tacaca, Neg. Or. provincial police director, said.

Tacaca said those killed fought back against the police, that also resulted in the injury of Police Cpl. Ian Puerto, a trooper of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7 who was hit in the right leg during police operations in Santa Catallina, Negros Oriental. moremoremore

CHR probe set, cops
threatened with suits

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday said he is calling for an investigation into the killing of the 14 who allegedly resisted arrest in Negros Oriental, to determine if due process was observed, while a leader of a militant group said they will file criminal cases against the policemen who carried out the “massacre”.

Philippine National Police spokesperson, Col. Bernard Banac, in response to attacks on the killing of the 14, said in a statement yesterday that “the law enforcement operations were legitimate and covered by search warrants issued by the court.”

He said the PNP will welcome any move by groups challenging the veracity of their operations. moremoremore


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Biz sector upbeat on
Bacolod’s economic growth

The business sector in Bacolod City is upbeat over the city’s economic growth.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the continued development in the city is slowly decongesting the central business district that will also trigger developments in other parts of Bacolod.

Recently, the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp., with taipan Lucio Co, announced that it is investing about P24 billion for the reclamation of 300 hectares more of foreshore land in the city.