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Dumaguete City, Philippines Monday, July 21, 2014
Negros Oriental
Button NegOr underrepresented in one-island region bid
Button Decrease in crime rate noted in 1 st half of 2014
Soldiers, rebels clash for 3 rd time
DAR targets distribution of 12,000 has. ‘til 2016

NegOr underrepresented
in one-island region bid

Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves, former vice governor of Negros Oriental, reiterated his opposition to the proposed One Negros Island Region.

In a statement to the STAR, Teves said he feels it is still not advantageous for Negros Oriental to re-join the move to establish a one-island region. He said his stand, which he made in a position paper when he was vice governor of the province from 1998-2001, remains the same.

Titled “The Pros and Cons of One Negros Island Proposal,” Teves's position paper outlined six advantages and five disadvantages.

Decrease in crime rate
noted in 1 st half of 2014

Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office OIC director, Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr., announced a slight decrease in the average monthly crime rate and index crime in the province for the first two quarters of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.

A statistics graph from the NOPPO showed that the average monthly crime rate from January to June 2014 was 60 percent, or five percent lower than the 65 percent average in the same period last year.

The average monthly index crime rate for the first six months of 2014 showed a slight decrease of 3.03 percent, or 32 percent compared to 33 percent in the same period last year.

Soldiers, rebels
clash for 3rd time

Another encounter between Philippine Army troops and suspected New People's Army rebels, the third in a week, took place Saturday, this time in Jimalalud, Negros Oriental.

Maj. Rey Tiongson, 3 rd Infantry Division spokesman, yesterday said Army soldiers were conducting community security patrol, when they were fired at by five armed men believed to be members of the NPA in Barangay Ili, Jimalalud town.

He said a firefight ensued and the rebels later withdrew in various directions, leaving behind traces of bloodstains.

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