“As we celebrate (the MassKara Festival) we wear masks. But we should also be wary of people who put on masks because of other motives,” Korina Sanchez Roxas, wife of presidential aspirant Mar Roxas, said yesterday.
Roxas, who spoke at Bacolod City's 77 th Charter Day program at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City last night, said “We should not allow ourselves to be deceived by those who are persuasive. Those who say there is a need for change.”
Elizabeth Salabas was the recipient of this year's Banwahanon award, while five Bacolod businessmen received the Buklod Awards for their outstanding contribution to Bacolod City, during the 77 th Charter Day program at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod last night.
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puenrtevella led city officials in honoring the awardees.
Salabas, president of VMA Global College and national head of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxilliary, received the Banwahanon award for her outstanding contribution to maritime education and maritime protection.
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IN STA. CATALINA
‘Criminal gang leader',
3 others killed in shootout
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
A murder suspect, who was alleged to be a criminal gang leader, and three of his companions were killed in a shootout with the police in Sta. Catalina town, Negros Oriental, Sunday evening.
An initial police report identified the slain murder suspect as Michael Garsula of Barangay Malaunay, Valencia town, also in Negros Oriental.
He was supposedly the leader of the Garsula gang that police have previously tagged as allegedly responsible for the murder of businessman Demeterio Larena III, and other crimes allegedly perpetrated by the group..