MERGE Members of the Federation of Urban Poor in front of the statue of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino at Araneta Street in Bacolod City, to mark his 36th death anniversary yesterday*

NPA takes control
of remote barangay

About 20 New People’s Army rebels yesterday swooped down on a market place in a remote barangay of Manjuyod town in Negros Oriental, and took control of it for more than one hour, in what authorities believed to be a strategy to ambush responding government troopers.

Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that they advised the Manjuyod police not to proceed to the area, as they could be ambushed along the way.

While nobody was harmed among the residents at the market place, the rebels took the cellular phone and the two-way communication radio of barangay chairman Arsenio Cardiente, Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, said. moremoremore

‘Ninoy: A guidepost
for current leaders’

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo lauded former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino yesterday for sacrificing his life to restore democracy, as the nation marked his 36th death anniversary.

In Bacolod City, members of the Federation of Urban Poor (FED-UP) laid flowers at the foot of the statue of Aquino at Araneta Street .

“We are commemorating the death of man who had sacrificed himself for his country”, Joy   Jarabelo, FED UP Negros Occidental provincial coordinator, said . moremoremore


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Hotels, restos urged to comply
with new service charge law

Hotel and restaurant owners are urged to comply with the new service charge law, where rank and file employees can get the service charges in full.

Ronald Ian Evidente, spokesperson of the Western Visayas Alliance of General Employees and Solidarity - an alliance of workers in the region promoting the economic wellbeing of non-unionize and contractual employees - said employers must voluntarily distribute the 100 percent service charge to their employees with transparency and honesty.

“ Even before this law was enacted, we received complaints from hotel and rest aurant employees because their employers do not fully comply with the 85 percent employees’ share from the service charge . The employers also do not disclose their actual service charges collection to their employees,” he said.