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Army Commander to Muslims: ‘We Should Avoid Conflict’

“We have the same God we serve and adore, and there is only one blood that runs in our body, so we should avoid conflict.”

Thus said Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Army, before hundreds of Muslims from Bacolod and other towns and cities in Negros Occidental yesterday.

The Muslims gathered at the Benjamin Hall at Lacson Street, Bacolod for the “Greet and Meet Activity” (GMA) of the Philippine Army.

‘Prove Drug Claims vs. Me,’ Vice Gov. Lacson Dares Jailed Huelar

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson challenged former Barangay 35 Capt. Manuel Huelar, who is in jail for drug raps, to “prove” his allegations that he is a drug addict.

NEGROS OCC. VICE GOVERNOR BONG LACSON reads his statement and answers questions from the media, as he calls on jailed drug suspect and former Brgy. 35 (Bacolod) Captain Maue Huelar to prove his claims that the VG is a drug user. Lacson, in yesterday’s press conference, said in his decades in public service, he was never involved nor tagged in illegal drugs.*(Arman Toga photo)

President Lauds Bacolod Masskara Festival

President Rodrigo Duterte lauded Bacolodnons and Negrosanons for their resiliency and perseverance despite economic and other difficulties due to the problems of the sugar industry.

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. DUTERTE delivering his message at the 38th MassKara Festival at the jam-packed Bacolod City Public Plaza last night, To his back are Bacolod Lone District Congressman Greg Gasataya, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, his wife Elsa, and Vice Mayor Elcid Familiaran.*(Jun de los Reyes /NDB photos)

Bacolod Ready for Duterte Visit

All set in Bacolod City for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, October 22, as guest of honor and speaker at the closing of the 38th MassKara Festival.

According to City Administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, the Presidential Management Staff met yesterday with the city officials to discuss the preparations for the President’s visit, who is expected to close the MassKara Festival 2017, or at least witness the closing on the last day.

Indian Bizman Shot Dead

An Indian national was shot dead by a hold up suspect at Purok 3, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Police Chief Inspector Sherlock Gabana, Station 5 chief identified the victim as Sulakhan Singh, 35, married, of Stone Haven Subdivision, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City.

Police investigator on-case PO3 Justine Positar, said the victim was in his van with his wife and son when the wife went out to collect payment from their customer. She was then followed by the suspect identified as Bertito Gersaba, 50 years old.