NPA burns equipment
for road construction
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Suspected New People’s Army rebels burned and destroyed Sunday night heavy equipment of a private construction firm in Sitio Taoangan, Brgy. Gil Montilla, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday said the armed suspects, estimated at 30, some of them wearing bonnets, burned a payloader, grader and a vibratory roller, using a gasoline and other combustible materials. They, however, spared from harm the watchman, irazan said.
Slain banker’s kin tap NBI,
police creating task force
BY SHIELA GELERA
The Bacolod City Police Office is creating a task force on the case of a former banker, who was gunned down near a hotel at the Circumferential Road in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod, Saturday.
Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, BCPO officer-in-charge, said the task force aims to identify the suspects in the killing of Francisco Loarca, 61, of Barangay Taculing in Bacolod, and charge them.
The task force will be headed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, with the BCPO Investigation and Detective Management Unit, and Provincial Crime Laboratory as co-groups, Escarilla said.
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‘Anti-pork’ signature drive
to highlight dawn masses
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
The traditional nine-day novena masses, or simbang gabi, that started this dawn, were to be highlighted by massive signature campaigns at the parishes of the Diocese of Dumaguete to show support for the People’s Initiative to scrap the pork barrel system.
Bishop Julito Cortes was scheduled to celebrate the first Aguinaldo Mass, at 4 a.m. today, at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.
While a symbolic signing of the petition to gather as many signatures of registered voters in Negros Oriental for the People’s Initiative had been held earlier at the diocese level, the first of the nine days votive masses will see its simultaneous launching in all the parishes of the Dumaguete Diocese.