MERGE Three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), war materials and personal belongings were among the items recovered by Army soldiers during an encounter with about 20 NPA rebels in Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, yesterday.* (Army photo)


1,700 evacuate in fear
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

More than 1,700 residents evacuated to safer areas following an encounter yesterday in Sitio Santos-Santos, Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, between Philippine Army soldiers and New People’s Army rebels, linked to the killing of town Councilor Jolomar Hilario on Sunday.

The running gunbattle that lasted more than an hour led to the injury of an Army soldier and the recovery of three improvised explosives devices and war materials, among others, Lt. Col. Egberto Dacoscos, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, yesterday said.

Dacoscos said that they are still verifying information that about 14 of the 20 NPA rebels encountered by 62IB troopers were either killed or injured, based on testimonies of residents in the area, who had seen them being dragged away by their fleeing comrades. moremoremore


Palace defends killings
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

It was not a massacre, contrary to claims.

PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde was referring to the killing of 14 persons during police operations on Saturday, as he pointed out that it happened in different areas of Negros Oriental.

Of the 14 persons killed, two are barangay captains in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. moremoremore

 

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for cloud seeding
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is now working on the conduct of cloud seeding operations in the region.

Senior agriculturist Dina Gensola said that, based on the assessment of the DA in the province, there is a need for cloud seeding as rice farms were affected by the long dry spell.

“The DA is still in the procurement process,” she added.

She said the DA-Western Visayas has allocated P2.5 million for the cloud seeding operations in the province.