MERGE Comelec Commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Antonio Kho (5th and 6th from left), who declared Moises Padilla under Comelec Control yesterday, with Police Col. Romeo Baleros, Army Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo (1st and 2nd from left) and Police Brig Gen. Jesus Cambay (right).* (GPB photo)

Moises Padilla placed
under Comelec control

The Commission on Elections yesterday placed Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental, under its control, due to election-related violence.

The entire police force of Moises Padilla was also replaced yesterday by troopers of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 led by Lt. Col. Adrian Acollador, who also heads Special Task Group MOLAI (Moises Padilla-La Castellana-Isabela).

The call to place Moises Padilla under Comelec control came after Councilor Michael Garcia and his uncle, Mark Garcia, former Moises Padilla Liga ng mga Barangay president, were killed when their  campaign convoy was ambushed  by an armed group in  Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla, on April 25. moremoremore

Duterte expected tomorrow

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to arrive in Negros Occidental for a command conference tomorrow, his close ally said yesterday.

Government Service Insurance System president and general manager Jesus Clint Aranas said he does not have details on the visit, he was only asked to arrange the logistics.

The visit, apparently, is not civilian in nature since it is a command conference, he said. moremoremore


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NegOcc steals show
at East ASEAN confab

Negros Occidental took center stage during the 6th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) senior officials meeting in Northern Territory, Australia recently.

The province was not an official member of BIMP-EAGA.

Januario Rivas, Philippine consul general of Northern Territory, with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., former governor Rafael Coscolluela and other members of the Negrense delegation, presented the successful engagements between the province and the Australian federal territory, cemented through various memoranda of understanding over the past years.