MERGE Residents praying the Oratio Imperata for an end to killings at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Hilaitan, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.*

Duterte warns Negros
of emergency powers

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has increased anew the bounty for the capture “dead or alive” of those who killed four policemen in Ayungon, Negros Oriental on July 18, from P3 million to P5 million, Malacañang announced last night.

“We wish to inform the public that President Rodrigo Duterte has raised the reward money to P5 million for the capture, dead or alive, of the killers of the Negros policemen and to P100,000 for every participant in the killing,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo said Duterte has also issued a stern warning to “members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Negros who have gone overboard and that their killings have become brazen and unbridled where men in uniform, as well as civilians are murdered with impunity”. moremoremore

NegOr cop chief relieved

Col. Raul Tacaca has been relieved again as provincial police director of Negros Oriental, almost two months after he was reinstated in the same position, amid investigations on the spate of killings in the province.

Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, regional police director of Central Visayas, said the relief of Tacaca took effect yesterday. At the same time, he designated Col. Angelito Dumangeng, deputy regional director for Operations of PRO 7, as officer-in-charge of NORPPO, pending an inquiry by Camp Crame on the peace and order situation in Negros Oriental.

On April 2, Tacaca was relieved as NORPPO director, with three other police chiefs, in relation to the deaths of 14 farmers during massive police operations last March 30. But he was reinstated a month later. moremoremore


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DOST approves P2.7M in
loan to Bacolod-based startup

The Department of Science and Technology in Negros Occidental has approved P2.7 million worth of assistance to the Bacolod City-based start-up firm HYBrain.

The assistance came from the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) that is geared towards facility upgrading.

John Dave Dueñas, chief executive officer of HYBrain, yesterday signed the memorandum of agreement with the provincial office of DOST, represented by Krista Irra Malubay, point person of the program. She also discussed the terms and condition of the assistance with the executives of the homegrown start-up company that specializes in hospital management software.