MERGE Abraham Villanueva (left), secretary of the NPA South West Front, also known as the Armando Sumayang Command, and his two companions, Jomar Villarojo and Rona Magbanua, who were captured Monday night in Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City.* (Army photo)

NegOr PNP director,
3 cop chiefs relieved
To allow impartial probe on killing of 14

Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar Albayalde, yesterday ordered the administrative relief of the Negros Oriental police director and three cop chiefs “ to give way to an impartial investigation into the death of 14 suspects during a recent series of police operations”.

Relieved were Col. Raul Tacaca - Negros Oriental police director, and police chiefs Lt. Col. Patricio Degay of Canlaon City, Lt. Roy Mamaradlo of Manjuyod, and Capt. Michael Rubia of Santa Catalina.

The police killing of eight persons in Canlaon City, four in Sta. Catalina and two in Manjuyod while serving search warrants for illegal possession of firearms Saturday, has triggered calls for an investigation and cries for justice from national and international groups. moremoremore

NPA leader, 2 others nabbed

Another ranking leader of the New People’s Army and his two companions were arrested Monday night by the military and police at Sitio Amian llawod in Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

The capture of Abraham Villanueva, alias Tikboy and Gamay, who is the secretary of the NPA South West Front, also known as the Armando Sumayang Command, was followed by an encounter yesterday in the same place, that yielded war materials.

Villanueva has pending arrest warrants for arson and frustrated murder, Arevalo said. moremoremore


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Cloud seeding in NegOcc set May

Good news to farmers in Negros Occidental is the scheduled cloud seeding operations in May of the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas.

Senior agriculturist Dina Gensola said the provincial government will have no counterpart in the cost, as the DA Region 6 will take care of the budget.

Cloud seeding flights cost around P40,000 per hour, she said, adding that the DA-Western Visayas has allocated P2.5 million for the operations, to induce rains in the province.