MERGE FESTIVE. The Bacolod City Government Center fountain area where Bacolodnons converge in the evening always has a festive air.* (Bob Lacson photo)

Harassment backfires,
two NPA rebels killed

The harassment of a remote military outpost by suspected New People’s Army rebels yesterday in Sitio Kakha, Brgy. Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, resulted in the death of two suspected NPA red fighters.

Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, said about 10 NPA rebels opened fire on the military outpost early yesterday morning and that triggered a fire fight.

The Special Cafgu Active Auxiliaries manning the detachment led by Cpl. Rainier Artieda retaliated by firing at the rebels, who positioned themselves about 300 meters away from the military outpost. moremoremore

Release SK funds, COA says

Chairman Michael Aguinaldo of the Commission on Audit has directed all COA regional directors to allow the release of the Sangguniang Kabataan budgets.

Aguinaldo issued the order after Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) informed him that the SK budgets had not been released since last year, hampering the implementation of youth projects in the barangays.

The SK leaders in the third district of Negros Occidental had informed Benitez of the problem. moremoremore


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‘Gov’t to shorten land
distribution process’

The national government will shorten the process in the acquisition and distribution of lands covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, to complete the distribution before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

Stephen Leonidas, regional director of the Department of Agrarian Reform 6, said yesterday the new guidelines on land acquisition and distribution that they formulated recently were already submitted to Duterte for his approval.

Leonidas said he was part of the team that formulated the new guidelines, as ordered by the President, adding that it took the team three months to finish it.