MERGE Personnel of the City Engineer’s Office and City Legal Office-Enforcement Unit demolishing six houses in Purok Adarna, Brgy. 16, Bacolod City, that obstruct the passage of the Bureau of Fire Protection Sub-Station in the barangay yesterday.*

NPA denies killings,
blames ‘death squad’

The New People’s Army yesterday blamed the killing of 17 civilians and local officials in Negros Oriental on state security forces and an alleged Duterte death squad.

Ka Ann Jacinto, deputy spokesperson of the Leonardo Panaligan Command, also said the NPA was not responsible for the killing of Former Ayungon Mayor Edsel Enardecido and his cousin, Leo Enardecido, in Ayungon, and Councilor Bobby Jalandoni and Barangay Captain Ernesto Posadas in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, on Saturday.

They were officials who were good to the people, they were not NPA targets, there was no reason to subject them to revolutionary justice, she told the DAILY STAR in a telephone interview. moremoremore

Rebels linked to cops’ slay nabbed

Two of the four persons tagged as New People’s Army members, arrested by the police and military during almost a week of combat operations in the mountainous complex areas of Ayungon-Mabinay-Bindoy in Negros Oriental, were suspected to be involved in the brutal killing of four intelligence operatives of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7 on July 18.

PBrig. Gen. Debold Sinas, regional police director of Central Visayas, in a statement furnished to the DAILY STAR last night, said that two suspects identified as Rico Oracoy and Lito Cadusale, who were both intercepted and arrested Monday at a checkpoint in Sitio Yamot, Brgy. Mabato, Ayungon, were reported to be implicated in the brutal shooting to death of the four RMFB 7 police personnel.

Oracoy and Cadusale are believed to have been among those encountered by the striking force of RMBF 7 troopers led by Maj. Epream Paguyod on Monday in Sitio Talaptapan, Brgy. Nalundan, Bindoy, Sinas said. moremoremore


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Capitol, 3 SUCs to team up
on organic farming project

The provincial government of Negros Occidental and three state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the province will collaborate on organic farming to uplift the lives of Negrense agriculture students.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson met yesterday with Aladino Moraca, Central Philippine State University president, Romulo Sisno - Northern Negros College of Science and Technology president, and Renato Sorolla - Carlos Hilado Memorial State College president, at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to discuss the collaborative project that will involve research and development in agriculture for the benefit of agriculture and fisheries students.

Moraca said CPSU has already initiated a model program that promotes organic agriculture for its students and their families in November last year.