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WV top cop named
as Sultan of Panay

In what could be the first time in Western Visayas, a police general was enthroned as the first Sultan of Panay, in a ceremony held at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City yesterday.

Hadji Abdullah Topaan  Disomimba, Sultan of Masiu and chairman of 16 Royal Houses of Lanao del Sur, officiated at the crowning of Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol Al-Haj as Sultan of Muslim communities in Panay, in a ceremony attended by hundreds of Muslims, both from Negros and Panay.

Sammy Hadjimanan, Sultan of Bayabao and spokesperson of the United Federation of Muslim Association in Western Visayas, said Querol was appointed Sultan for Panay by the Muslim communities in the region, and this was confirmed by Disomimba.

Bacoleño facing
two rape raps


A sexagenarian is facing charges for rape for allegedly molesting two of his 6-year-old neighbors in a barangay in Bacolod City, Insp. Jovy Cabcaban said yesterday.

Cabcaban, who is the head of the Bacolod City Police Office Women and Children’s Complaints Desk, said the suspect, 63, whose name she withheld, is now detained at the lock up cell of a police station in the city.

The mother of one of the alleged victims told the police that she learned about the molestation when her daughter complained of pain in her genital area while she was bathing her.moremoremore

Prayers for peace talks set;
Ceasefire starts tomorrow

The government and the National Democratic Front-Philippines have agreed to a seven-day ceasefire during the resumption of peace talks on Feb.15 to 21 in Oslo, Norway, in the spirit of goodwill, and as part of confidence building measures, government chief negotiator Alexander Padilla said.

In support to the resumption of peace talks, the Pax Christi Pilipinas will hold an ecumenical prayer for peace and lighting of candles at the entrance of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City, 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. tomorrow.

Cesar Villanueva of Pax Christi Pilipinas said they are enjoining Negrenses to join the ecumenical prayer for the success of the peace talks.moremoremore

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