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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesSaturday, September 7, 2013
Negros Oriental
Button Majority of senators back PDAF abolition
Button Army captures 3 ‘rebels' in Guihulngan
‘Shabu', firearms recovered
‘World needs to act on climate change' 

Majority of senators
back PDAF abolition

Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said yesterday he is certain that the proposed abolition of the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund, or the pork barrel of legislators, will be supported by the majority of his colleagues, and that around 15 senators had shown support for it.

Aquino was in Dumaguete City yesterday for a meeting with Governor Roel Degamo, and to attend to personal and professional activities. He is also going to Siquijor province today as guest at the annual Siquijor Day.

“The abolition (of the pork barrel) in the Senate is almost a sure thing already,” he said in a press conference.

Army captures
3 ‘rebels' in Guihulngan

Scout rangers of the Philippine Army arrested three suspected members of the New People's Army in a hot pursuit operation yesterday after an encounter in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, 302 nd Infantry Brigade commander, identified those captured as Jessie Abing, 25, of Barangay Nasunggan, La Libertad, and Thomas Esugan, 19, of Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan, all in Negros Oriental, and a 17 year old from Barangay Camandag, La Castellana in Negros Occidental.

He said the soldiers recovered from the three an M-14 Armalite rifle with several rounds of live ammunition and backpacks. “They were captured in the vicinity of the encounter site as government forces were pursuing suspected rebels,” Patrimonio said.

‘Shabu', firearms recovered

A suspected drug pusher was arrested in a raid at his house in Barangay Calamba, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Thursday.

Police identified the suspect as Eskizec de Asis Butalid, and recovered from his house six transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, two firearms, an improvised tooter, lighters, a pair of scissors, sealers, a digital weighing scale, mobile phones and tin foil, and P50,000 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs. show.

Several tally sheets of the illegal numbers game, “swertres”, were also confiscated during the raid conducted by members of the Guihulngan City Police and the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, that was witnessed by representatives from the Department of Justice, barangay officials and the media.

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