MERGE Military and government officials join President Rodrigo Duterte in his signature fist bump during the decommissioning of former RPA-ABB members and their surrendered firearms at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.* (3ID Public Affairs photo)


Duterte vows to protect
former RPA members
AT DECOMMISSIONING RITES
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

After almost 19 years of waiting, the peace agreement between the Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Mangagawa-Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (Tabara Paduano Group) finally came to a closure yesterday, with the decommissioning of its 727 members and the demilitarization of their surrendered 337 firearms.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the decommissioning of the RPM-RP-ABB-TPG members, now known as Kapatiran para sa Progresong Panlipunan (KAPATIRAN), at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz last night, that was attended by its chairperson, Veronica Tabara, Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Paduano, former national commander of the RPA-ABB, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Carlito Galvez, and Senator Bong Go, among others.

Duterte who was assisted by Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, AFP Central Command chief, Undersecretary Cesar Yano, and Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, AFP Central Command chief, also led the awarding of the Continuous Support and Agency Commitments to KAPATIRAN members. moremoremore


Police nab 8 ‘rebels’, seize guns
Militants call arrests illegal
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Molotov bombs, explosives and assorted guns were seized by the police from eight alleged members of the New People’s Army Northern Negros Front who were intercepted Wednesday by the police during a border control operation in Brgy. Jonob-Jonob, Escalante City, Negros Occidental.

Col. Romeo Baleros, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, reported that the arrest of eight suspects yielded six  .45 caliber pistols with magazines containing 20 ammunition, a .38 caliber revolver with four ammunition, a KG9 automatic pistol with a magazine containing 25 live ammunition, three rifle grenades and 22 bottles of molotov bombs, including improvised dynamites.

Baleros said the arrested persons were identified as NPA members by their former comrades who provided information that led to their arrests. moremoremore

 

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Swine shipment to Cebu
gets green light: Decena
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Live pigs from Negros Occidental can now be shipped to Cebu province, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

This was a day after 250 live pigs from Kabankalan City were barred from entering Cebu province on Tuesday because there were no farm registration documents from the Bureau of Animal Industry.

According to BAI guidelines, permits will be given only for animals from commercial farms, and not those raised in backyards.