Former NPA hitman Ka Joros speaking at the peace rally in front of the Bacolod City Hall at Araneta Street yesterday.* (Gilbert Bayoran photo)
Cases filed vs. 59
linked to CPP-NPA
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Two cases, one for a non-bailable offense, were filed against 59 leaders and members of progressive groups, 15 of whom are at-large, before the Bacolod and Escalante prosecution offices yesterday, Capt. Cenon Pancito, Army 3rd Infantry Division public affairs officer, said.
A third case for violation of Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act 10364, also known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, was set to be filed against six of those arrested yesterday, but was postponed to tomorrow to enable completion of documentation, he added.
Communist rebels denounced
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Philippine National Police has vowed to establish the links of arrested Negrense activists to the New People’s Army, while Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander is, calling on the whole province of Negros Occidental to stand up and speak up against organizations exploiting minors, and supporting the communist insurgency.
“We should not be fence-sitters and just watch what is happening around,” Arevalo said yesterday, adding that “For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”. He acknowledged that some local government units in Negros Occidental have already done their share in ending local insurgency problem.Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Negros Occidental chapter, said that the league is supporting the AFP and PNP in their aim to end the local communist armed conflict, that is also shared by Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.
AMID ASF THREAT
‘Be vigilant vs. pork-based products’
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The Provincial Veterinary Office in Negros Occidental reiterated its call to Negrenses to be vigilant and alert against pork-based products after some processed pork of the Mekeni Foods Corporation tested positive for the African swine fever virus.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that the Provincial ASF Task Force is closely coordinating with its counterpart in Bacolod City in the conduct of surprise inspections of business establishments in the city to ensure that no imported pork products from Luzon are being displayed in the market shelves.He said they cannot tell if pork-based products are still being imported from Luzon to the province since these are not declared by the business establishments.