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KAUGMAON SAYS
Military ‘death squad’
behind Lorico murder

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, commander of the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion, yesterday lamented that militant leaders have made them as “whipping boys” in the murder Wednesday of peasant leader Fermin Lorico.

“It is so unfair to point the finger on us right away. We do not engage in that kind of activity,” Neri said in reaction to allegations by various militant groups that “the 79th IB’s death squad” had shot dead Lorico, chairman of the Kahugpongan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros or KAUGMAON.

He denied that they have a “death squad” and that they had a hand in the shooting of Lorico.

DOLE to give P3M
under ISLA program
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Department of Labor and Employment in Negros Oriental will release P3 million in livelihood assistance to various fishermen’s associations in the province under the Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement program.

Provincial DOLE chief, Jose Ogang, on Wednesday disclosed that the latest beneficiary to receive such assistance is a group of fishermen in Bais City, whose main livelihood is seaweed farming.

At a forum, Ogang said the two fishermen’s groups in Bais City will receive a check for P500,000 at the Philippines 111th Independence Day celebration today. He said beneficiaries had applied for the grant after their seaweed or “guso” farms were destroyed.

Traffic row
leads to shooting
BY RENE GENOVE

A 32-year-old man was shot in the leg during a traffic altercation at 10 p.m. Wednesday, at the junction of EJ Blanco Road and North National Highway, in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City.

The victim identified as Homer Noble, single, of Piapi, Hibbard Avenue, in Dumaguete City was brought to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

He said he was shot by a certain “Teody,” the boyfriend of his cousin.

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