Col. Michael Samson, deputy commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, pins the Military Commendation Medals, assisted by Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, 62IB commander, in Brgy. Libas, Isabela, Negros Occidental.*
Army nabs four ‘rebels’
at MPadilla checkpoint
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division reported yesterday the arrest of four suspected New People’s Army rebels at a checkpoint in Brgy. Montilla, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, that also yielded explosives and a .45 caliber pistol.
The arrested rebel suspects identified as Jovanie Bohol, alias Jojo, of Danao City, Cebu; Wilmar Pongasi, alias Rain, of Dumaguete City; Juannie Obidas, of Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla; and Leoltren Trinidad, of Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City, are now detained at the Moises Padilla police jail after charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives were filed against them before the Negros Occidental Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.
210 cops, soldiers get medals
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The 303rd Infantry Brigade honored the 210 Army and police personnel, who received medals Saturday in Brgy. Libas, Isabela, Negros Occidental, for demonstrating commendable exemplary actions during a series of combat and law enforcement operations in central Negros that led to the arrest of nine suspected New People’s Army rebels and recovery of a cache of firearms.Col. Michael Samson, deputy commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, led the pinning of Military Commendation Medals on members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion. Present were Isabela Mayor Irene Montilla, Guihulngan City Mayor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes, and Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, commander of the 62IB.
WV September inflation slightly up
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The inflation rate in Western Visayas has increased slightly to 2.8 percent in September from 2.7 percent in August, the Philippine Statistics Authority said yesterday.
The national headline, on the other hand, dropped from 2.4 percent in August to 2.3 percent last month, the PSA said.The downtrend in the overall headline in September was mainly caused by the slowdown in the inflation for heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages which eased at an annual rate of 1.5 percent during the month, from 1.8 percent in the previous month, PSA said.