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4 teenagers injured in
Panaad skirmish

Four teenagers were hurt when an alleged gang war broke-out  at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Saturday evening after the closing rites of the week-long Panaad Festival, police reports said.

Geric Soronio, 17, of Brgy. Poblacion, Murcia, Negros Occidental, sustained a gunshot wound on his upper left chest after an unidentified suspect shot him with a firearm of unknown caliber, a police report said.

Soronio was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Jake Padios, 18, of Purok Paghidaet, Mansilingan, and Vincent Bascos and Paul John Bataycan, both 16, and residents of Brgy. Handumanan, all of Bacolod, were also treated at the same hospital for stab wounds, the police added.

Bascos sustained a stab wound on his neck, while Padios and Bataycan both had stab wounds on their back.

Despite these incidents, the week-long celebration of the Panaad sa Negros 2009 festival was dubbed “peaceful” by Senior Supt. Manuel Felix, Negros Occidental police director.

There were “no untoward incidents” during the Panaad Festival because of the vigilance of about 400 policemen, army personnel and force multipliers around the Panaad Stadium, he said.

Police Precinct 7 reported that there were 34 Panaad Festival-related cases.

Bringing of deadly weapons topped the list of the prevalent crimes, with eight incidents.

Police records also showed that there were seven recorded cases of thieveries, four cases for malicious mischief, and three cases for physical injuries.*APN

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Cops apprehend
3 drug peddlers

Three suspected drug peddlers remain  in jail after their arrest Friday in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, police records show.

Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, chief of the Negros Occidental PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, identified the arrested suspects as Edgardo Lazalita, 45,  his wife, Rizalina, 34, and Armando Indino, 54.

He said the entrapment and buy-bust operations, also led to the seizure of seven plastic sachets of suspected shabu, two P500 bills in marked money, a Nokia cellphone, assorted shabu paraphernalia and P1,166 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of prohibited drugs.

Senior Insp. Mateo Maguate, Hinobaan police chief, said Indino and Edgardo are both listed as  drug personalities operating in the town.

Indino and Edgardo are facing charges for drug peddling, and  Rizalina may be charged in court for possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, Santotome said.*GPB

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Navy needs
upgrading, Teodoro says

SAN JOSE, Antique – Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said yesterday there is a need to upgrade the equipment of the Navy because of the country's very   huge coastline, and to guard against human smuggling, drugs and environmental degradation.

Speaking at a press conference during the annual Binirayan Festival here, Teodoro allayed concerns over the rising military strength of China as shown in a recent international show of the Chinese Navy where it displayed for the first time its nuclear-powered submarines.

He said the growing Chinese military power does not a pose threat to the Philippines or countries in the region but is more a concern to other regions

He also said the Armed Forces needs at least 6,000 more troops and an additional P2 billion to effectively confront the country's security concerns.

Teodoro said the priority should be recruiting more soldiers and increasing the military's operational funds instead of acquiring modern and high tech weaponry.

He added that an additional 12 infantry battalions (around 500 soldiers per battalion) would address the need to saturate areas where there are ongoing conflicts between government troops and rebel or armed groups.

But this number could change and needs to be validated because of the changing situation and security threats, he said.

Teodoro said increasing the number of soldiers would enable the Armed Forces to not only provide a deterrent against security threats but to conduct continuous re-training while fighting various armed groups.

He pointed out that the country's Armed Forces is fighting three armed groups at the same time: the Abu Sayyaf, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the communist-led New People's Army.  But its main task is to respond to rescue and rehabilitation operations during disasters.

“I don't know of any country where its armed forces has been able to operate the way the Armed Forces (of the Philippines) does with its limited resources,” Teodoro said.*NPB

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