Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Friday, February 8, 2013
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OPENING. Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Leonito Lopue (center) open the 8th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City yesterday with Councilor Ceasar Distrito, Greg Gasataya, Fred Barcelona, Migs Estrella, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, Em Ang and Crispin Chua (l-r).*

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Cop killed, 5 injured in mishap

A policeman was killed, and five others, including a police official and a brother of a councilor, were injured in a vehicular accident at Murcia road in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Officer 1 Rio Saledo, 31 , of Aklan Province succumbed to multiple injuries at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center at about 2:45 a.m. yesterday, Bacolod City Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, said.

Saledo's superior, Senior Insp Edison Garcia, 29, and Police Officer 1 Ian John Lindo, were also brought to the BAMC, where they are still confined, Acebuche said.moremoremore

BacoLaodiat kicks off

The 8 th BacoLaodiat Festival kicked off yesterday with Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and festival chairman Leonito Lopue leading the opening ceremonies at the North Capitol Road, followed by the illumination of Chinese street lanterns and zodiac animal floats along Lacson Street, Bacolod City.

They were joined by Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito, Grupo Progreso vice mayoralty candidate Greg Gasataya and candidate for councilor Migs Estrella, as special guests, at the opening of the Chopsticks Alley last night.

Leonardia thanked Lopue for the assured success of the event even on its opening rites, and said the festival has truly been embraced by the Tsinoys in Bacolod City.moremoremore

‘War crimes'
suit filed vs. NPA


The Philippine National Police yesterday filed an amended complaint for violation of the International Humanitarian Law, against New People's Army rebels responsible for what has been described as a “massacre” of civilians in La Castellana, before the Negros Occidental Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, caretaker of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday said this is the first time that charges for violation of the law on what constitutes a “war crime” as defined in Republic Act 9851, will be lodged against the NPA.

RA 9851, that took effect in 2010 after being signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, penalizes war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity. moremoremore

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