Protestors at the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office in Bacolod City  yesterday*
(Andy Alvarez photo

Palace vows action
vs. hazing culprits

They threatened to kill
my son, Servando says


“They threatened to kill him if he quits.”

That is what the companions of Guillo Cesar Servando, 18, a sophomore student of De la Salle-College of Saint Benilde who died from hazing Saturday, told Aurelio Cesar “Taboy” Jalbuena Servando, the victim’s father, who is a human rights advocate and a businessman from Bacolod.

Servando told the DAILY STAR that his son and his three companions, who were injured and hospitalized, wanted to back out from the fraternity initiation, but they were threatened with death.moremoremore

NDF hits
Paduano as solon


The National Democratic Front- Negros slammed the installation of Stephen Paduano, who is also known as Carapali Lualhati, as a representative of what it claims is the bogus Abang Lingkod partylist- group to the House of Representatives.

NDF spokesperson Frank Fernandez, in a statement sent to the Visayan DAILY STAR, expressed dismay that the Commission on Election and the Supreme Court utterly neglected valid reasons and evidence of the petitioners proving that Abang Lingkod is a bogus party-list, and its not representing any marginalized sector.

Paduano, who used to be the national commander of the RPA-ABB, yesterday brushed aside the accusations of the NDF-Negros, and maintained that Abang-Lingkod represents farmers and fisherfolk, which obtained 260,215 votes during the May 2012 elections.moremoremore

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Brotherhood of death

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of the late Guillo Cesar Servando who was killed by monsters who pretended to be his “brothers” last Saturday in Manila.

I didn’t know his dad Taboy, but I know his aunt Gina Servando-Ledesma who lives a couple of blocks from my house and his uncle Augustus Servando who was my high school batchmate in USLS-IS and was a dorm mate, and became a good friend when we were at DLSU-Taft. Those years spent with Gus were among  the best years of my life and it pains me to know that my friend’s nephew was murdered during that time of his life when everything seemed possible and mistakes didn’t normally have deadly consequences.moremoremore


‘Biggest’ drug haul seized,
alleged pusher, hitman fall

Anti-illegal drugs operatives in Negros Oriental scored their biggest haul this year with the arrest of a suspected high-level drug pusher in a buy-bust operation that yielded suspected “shabu” worth P650,000 in Dumaguete City at around 3:15 p.m. yesterday.

After the arrest of suspected drug pusher, identified as Ricky Alum Selencio, 39, married and a resident of Purok Orchid in Sitio Canday-ong, Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City, around 3:20 p.m. yesterday, the joint team led by the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group also arrested a suspected hit man allegedly involved in some shooting incidents in the city, the police said.moremoremore