MERGE KICK OFF. At dawn yesterday lighted lanterns made of biodegradable materials were released in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, to kick off the town’s 19th Pagbana-ag Huba-Huba Festival and 60th founding anniversary celebration* (Shiela Gelera photo)

Ex-mayor’s ‘assassin’ killed

The long arm of the law finally caught up with the suspected assassin of former Pulupandan Mayor Luis Mondia, who was killed in a shootout, the police in Brgy. Tambunak, Dingle town of Iloilo reported yesterday.

The suspect identified as Rammy Enojo was among the principal suspects in the assassination of Mondia on Feb. 17, 2010 outside the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City, Lt. Col. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, said.

Mondia was about to enter his car parked outside the Jaro Church in Jaro, Iloilo, when the suspects shot him. He succumbed to three gunshot wounds, police said. moremoremore

More get death threats

“There seems to be a willful campaign against people who are perceived to be left leaning in Negros. The killings have reached a point where they are being done with impunity,” former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.

Coscolluela said he has some personal acquaintances who are in hiding because they also have received threats.

“They are lying low, they are keeping quiet – in fact, one or two are in actual hiding because of perceived or actual threats, one actually says there was an aborted attempt to kill him,” he said. moremoremore


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NegOcc, Taiwan boost
ties to assist farmers

The provincial government of Negros Occidental has strengthened its ties with Taiwan, to help in the development of local farmers.

This was underscored in yesterday’s forum on Philippine-Taiwan Agriculture, held at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, and led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

The Taiwanese delegation was headed by Wang Chun-Hsiung, an adviser to the Safe and Modern Agriculture Technology Promotion Society.