POLICE Policemen retrieve the gun of fugitive Ericson Blacquio from the area where he was hiding from authorities, before he was killed, in Brgy. Mabini, Cadiz City, yesterday.*

Suspect in murder
of American killed

A suspect in the murder of American diver and Coast Guard volunteer Matthew Caldwell, died yesterday in an alleged shootout with policemen in Hacienda Pinanu-ag, Brgy. Mabini in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

The fugitive, who has a pending arrest warrant for murder, was identified by the police as Ericson Deferia Blacquio, a former security guard assigned at a subdivision in Las Piñas, Metro Manila.

SPO1 Joshua Barile, who led a Regional Intelligence Unit 6 team in serving the arrest warrant of Blacquio, said the fugitive opened fire at them, while they were trying to convince him to surrender peacefully.moremoremore

Toboso recount extended

San Carlos Regional Trial Court Judge Kathrine Go yesterday said she has extended the recount of the 2013 votes in Toboso, Negros Occidental, until July 6.

The recount that was supposed to end yesterday is extended for another five days, since July 1 is a holiday, being the 55 th charter anniversary of San Carlos City, Go said.

The recount of the votes of Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, Vice Mayor Evello Valencia, and the eight members of the Sangguniang Bayan – Jesus Bedonia Sr., Jesse Rex Bartolome, Jose Marie de la Cruz, Julian Muñez Jr., Mario Muñoz, Adriano Panarez Jr., Josephus Valencia and Lloy Viullaruz had been ordered following cases filed by their opponents in the 2013 polls. moremoremore


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Dilaab Foundation Inc. executive director, Fr. Carmelo Diola, called on the Dumaguete clergy to go down to the grassroots level and openly campaign on a house-to-house basis for people to use their conscience in voting during the May 2016 elections.

Dilaab is a church-based organization in Cebu that launched the “I Vote Good” campaign and while it is not endorsing any particular candidate, it believes that the Church must be actively involved in the upcoming presidential and national elections.

With only about 11 months away to next year's polls, Diola stressed priests and Church-based organizations are encouraged to go on a house-to-house campaign “urging and trying to form the consciences of the people, by calling on them not to sell their votes in whatever form”.moremoremore