MERGE The police take over the security of the Bacolod south terminal yesterday.* (CPG photo)

Duterte: No Negros ML

President Rodrigo Duterte said he has no intention of declaring martial law in Negros Island despite the recent spate of killings in Negros Oriental.

“Let us make it clear. I will never declare martial law except in Mindanao,” Duterte said in his speech during the mass oath-taking of newly elected city and barangay officials in Malacañang Palace yesterday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on August 1 had announced that the president may declare martial law in Negros Oriental, or the entire Negros. moremoremore

Police take over security
at Vallacar to ease tension

The police took over the security of the Vallacar Transit Inc. south terminal at Lopez Jaena Street and the firm’s main headquarters in Bacolod City to ease hours of tension at both facilities yesterday amid the ongoing Yanson family feud, Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod police chief, said.

Policemen from Bacolod and the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) will be in charge of security at the VTI facilities for now, Biñas said.

The security guards belonging to A-Y 76 Security Specialist of the Roy Yanson camp and Armored Guards Negros Security Agency (AGNSA) of the Leo Rey Yanson group, were asked to leave, Col. Jaime Santos, SOSIA Enforcement Management Division chief, said. moremoremore


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WV inflation slightly up in July

The inflation rate in Western Visayas accelerated slightly in July, from 2.5 percent in the previous month to 2.7 percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority said yesterday.

The inflation headline of the region was among the lowest in the country, but is slightly higher than the national average, which is 2.4 percent from 2.7 percent in June.

The downtrend was primarily due to the slower price increases in key food items, PSA said, adding that rice prices continued to decline during the month with the continued arrival of rice imports while sugar prices also decreased in July.