MERGE The wake for brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, on March 30.* (MPE photo)


MPadilla vice mayor,
hubby freed on bail
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo of Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental and her husband, Felix Mathias Segundo Yulo III, were granted bail yesterday and released from jail after almost seven months in detention.

Judge Edgar Tupas of the Regional Trial Court of Negros Occidental Branch 46, in his 12-page order granting them bail, said the prosecution’s evidence of guilt against the accused for the crime of illegal possession of explosives is not strong.

Tupas set bail for the provisional liberty of the Yulos during the pendency of Criminal Case No. 5456 at P10,000 each. moremoremore


They pleaded for their lives
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

CANLAON CITY, Negros Oriental – The policemen involved in the bloody operations in this province that led to the death of 14 were wearing masks when they stormed into the houses of the victims during the wee hours of March 30, their kin said.

Those who died – eight in Canlaon City, four in Manjuyod town and two in Sta. Catalina town – allegedly fought back when the state forces served the arrest warrants for illegal possession of firearms and explosives against them.

However, the family of the victims described the operations as “brutal” as the policemen, who covered themselves with masks, executed the victims even after they already yielded. moremoremore

 

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WV inflation rate steady in March
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The inflation rate in Western Visayas remained steady in March, data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority yesterday showed.

The inflation rate of the region dropped to 3.2 percent from 3.3 percent in the previous month. It is slightly lower compared to the national average that decelerated to 3.3 percent in March from 3.8 percent in February.

Western Visayas was among the regions in the country with the lowest inflation rate in all commodity groups, placing sixth in all of the 17 regions.