MERGE Rescue and police personnel secure the body of broadcaster Dindo Generoso after he was shot in Brgy. Piapi, Dumaguete City yesterday*

Militant groups brace
for more raids, arrests

Progressive groups are bracing for a “full-scale national crackdown” from the government, that they say could lead to more raids and arrests of activists and dissenters.

In a press conference yesterday at the Negros Press Club office in Bacolod City, Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate, Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño, and former Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano, who is also the chair of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, demanded that the government stop the attacks and the vilification of cause-oriented groups and the people’s organizations.

They were in Bacolod for two days to conduct a fact-finding probe on the raids in the cities of Bacolod and Escalante that led to the arrest 57 individuals. moremoremore

Army unfazed by
call for House inquiry

Unfazed by the congressional inquiry being pushed by the Makabayan bloc solons and counter-charges against state security forces that raided offices of militant organizations in Negros Occidental, Army Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo yesterday dared them to do it now.

Arevalo, who is the 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that they had been waiting for it since the Sagay 9 incident, adding that they can even bring the whole Congress to Negros, if they would like to.

“We are not hiding something,” Arevalo said, pointing out that they have been challenging them to do it ever since, to determine who are the liars among them. moremoremore


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Visayas hog raisers to consolidate
initiatives vs. African swine fever

Hog raisers in the Visayas are set to consolidate all their efforts and initiatives in stopping the entry of the dreaded African swine fever virus to the region, Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Commercial hog raisers in the Visayas will convene a general assembly in Cebu City on November 12, he said.

Decena said the Negrense delegation will share the proposed ordinance that will permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas to the province.