SAFSenior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, led  SAF troopers and police officers in a sympathy walk Saturday in Bacolod City.*

Guv - Punish killers,
review proposed BBL

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law needs to be thoroughly studied in the light of the recent killing of 44 Special Action Force commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in an alleged “misencounter” with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Those responsible for the death of the SAF men should be punished, there should be justice, the governor said.

Why were the wanted terrorists within MILF territory? the governor asked, while stressing the need for a thorough study of the government peace accord with the MILF.moremoremore

OPAPP steps up RPA
peace accord closure

The signing of the closure agreement to the peace talks between the government and the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade will hopefully be very soon, Undersecretary Cleofe Sandoval of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, said yesterday.

Sandoval met with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and other stakeholders, to discuss the government’s purchase of private land in Negros to be used as relocation sites for RPMP-RPA/ABB members once the accord is signed.

“The government remains committed to seek peace in Mindanao and the whole country. We are here in Negros because it is part of the objective to this government to ensure that peace will be present in our communities,” she said.moremoremore

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CHR to probe harassment
of indigenous communities

The Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental vowed to act on the concerns of an indigenous peoples’ “reserve” in the mountains of the Mabinay-Bais City boundary in the province.

Jess Cañete, CHR lone field investigator for Negros Oriental, said yesterday that with the approval of the CHR regional office, he will monitor the area where the IP tribes of the Ata and Bukidnon are claiming to be “living in fear”.

On Sunday, the tribal chieftain, Ireneo Cabanag, and his son, Otohan Reynante Cabanag, provincial tribal spokesman, reported to Cañete in Dumaguete City what they called a violent incident Saturday night at their home in Sitio Bahandian, Barangay Sab-ahan in Bais City.moremoremore