MERGE Moises Padilla Vice Mayor and mayor-elect Ella Garcia-Yulo pays tribute to her nephew, slain Councilor Michael Garcia at the San Isidro Labrador Parish on Saturday.* (Marchel Espina photo)


Death of two Garcias
freed town, priest says
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

MOISES PADILLA – The death of the nephew and brother of Vice Mayor and mayor-elect Ella Garcia-Yulo freed the residents from living in fear.

This was stressed by Fr. Jose Rodel Sampollo during the mass offered for reelectionist Councilor Michael Garcia and Marc Garcia, former Liga ng mga Barangay president of the municipality, nephew and brother of Vice Mayor and mayor-elect Ella Garcia-Yulo, respectively, on Saturday at San Isidro Labrador Parish.

The priest called Michael and Marc as martyrs and heroes as they made an ultimate sacrifice for the town. “Because of their love for Moises Padilla, they offered their lives for the good of the town and for peace,” he added. moremoremore


Bizman on drug list killed
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

A businessman included in the police drug watch list, was shot and killed by two motorcycle riding suspects in Brgy. Makiling, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, police chief Maj. Antonio Benitez said yesterday.

The victim identified as Agapito Abastillas, 52, was declared dead on arrival at the Alfredo Marañon Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City, Benitez said.

Sagay police investigation showed that the gunman approached the victim and shot him several times, in front of his helper, who was unharmed, Friday night. moremoremore

 

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Youth leaders as tourism partners
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Forty-one young leaders from the six provinces and two highly-urbanized cities in Western Visayas are attending a five-day tourism youth camp, dubbed the “Future Tourism Leaders”, that kicked off yesterday at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

Cristine Mansinares, Negros Occidental provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said the participants are members of youth organizations and community groups promoting tourism development.

“The camp will create awareness about the tourism practices in Western Visayas. The youth leaders will also be equipped with skills needed to become tourism partners,” she said.