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Congress likely to OK
martial law, Kako says

Rep. Jose Carlos “Kako” Lacson (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said he believes members of the Lower House will concur with the President on her declaration of martial law in Maguindanao.

That means martial law in Maguindanao will have a lifespan of 60 days, he said.

Members of the House joined an all-party caucus yesterday afternoon and agreed to hold a joint session with the Senate, probably by Wednesday, to concur or revoke Proclamation 1959 that placed Maguindanao province under martial law, Lacson said. moremoremore

WV cops cracking
down on illegal guns


The Philippine National Police is cracking down on the owners of an estimated 42,938 loose firearms in Western Visayas , especially with the May 2010 polls fast approaching.

Supt. Ranulfo Demiar, regional police spokesman, yesterday said the Police Regional Office 6 will apply for search warrants versus owners of firearms who failed to renew their gun licenses.

Police records show that an estimated 52,759 guns, including those with expired licenses, are in the hands of individuals and armed groups in Western Visayas . moremoremore

‘Killer' cop given 5
days to surrender

Police Officer 1 Kenji Beloya, who shot his neighbor on Wednesday last week, has five days to surrender before he is declared absent without leave and dropped from the police rolls.

Beloya, assigned at the City Mobile Group and detailed as Security escort of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, shot dead his neighbor Vivian Niepes, 59, while she was washing dishes inside their residence in Purok Lampirong, Sitio Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport.

Bacolod City Police Office deputy director for Administration, Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, said he has instructed Insp. Alexander Demaculangan, head of the City Mobile Group, to put Beloya on the AWOL list if he fails to surface within the given time. moremoremore

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