Genuine justice works in God’s time. Thus said Col. John Aying, newly installed commanding officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, regarding the arrest of Reniel Cellon, 44, alias Kumpol, resident of Brgy. Pinggot, Ilog, Negros Occidental.
Left, Couple Reniel Cellon, commander of Centro de Gravidad Platoon, and wife Mary Jane Magquilat, with their companions were arrested 8pm of Friday, April 5 at the joint AFP-PNP-COMELEC checkpoint at the national road in Dancalan, Ilog, Negros Occidental.* (Radyo Kumando photos)
According to Col. Aying, Cellon/Kumpol is a notorious charater, being the commanding officer of Centro de Gravidad Platoon of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the 6th and part of 5th districts in Southern Negros Occidental. He was arrested over the weekend at the joint check point along the national road in Brgy. Dancalan, Ilog, Negros Occidental. Cellon was with his wife Jane Magquilat y Flores, alias ChinChin, 38, resident of Brgy. Caliling, Cauayan.
Brgy. 1 Poblacion, Brgy.Andulauan won the basketball and volleyball tournament of the 15th Kisi-Kisi Festival Basketball and volleyball Inter-Barangay tournament held recently in Ilog town.
Brgy. Consuelo placed 1st runner-up; Brgy. 2 Poblacion, 2nd runner-up; and Brgy. Andulauan placed 3rd runner-up.
A driver and 13 others were hurt when a bus fell after it tried to overtake another vehicle about 6:35AM, Monday along the national highway at Concepcion Village, Brgy. Caduhaan, Cadiz City.
Traffic reports said, a Ceres bus owned by Vallacar Transit Inc. with plate number FWG 951 driven by Leandre Enarsao, 38, of Brgy. Dancalan, Ilog while running from Bacolod to Escalante City tried to overtake a mini-bus that was unloading some passengers.
It was reported that the tire of the bus overstepped and accidentally skidded an elevated portion of the road and losing its balance and fell injuring the driver and bus conductor, Nestor Elmission Jr., 31, of Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Francisco S. Valinsona and Nelmer Juana ruled the 1st Mayor Paul Alvarez Trisikad Race held Friday in Ilog, Negros Occidental.
Valinsona ruled the 45-above category, while Juana in the 45-below category.
Noli T. Marbel placed second; Melchor P. Nonato was third, while
Rodrigo Valiente and Arnel Colores received consolation prizes in the 45-above.
Coming next to Juana for the 45-below category were Brando Laguna, 2nd; and Ronilo Mahinay, 3rd.
The resolutions of the Sandiganbayan and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordering the six-month preventive suspension of Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez are expected in the coming weeks, the Arles family said.
"I believe (that) in the next few weeks, the suspension order will be implemented," Philip Arles said in a press conference yesterday. Philip is the son of Kabankalan regional trial court Judge Henry Arles who was gunned down in Dancalan Ilog while on his way home on April 24, 2012.
Philip, who is challenging the reelection bid of Paul’s sister, 6th District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, said their family is hopeful that the DILG will soon enforce the decision of the Sandigan-bayan to preventively suspend Mayor Alvarez for 90 days for a graft case.
A small farmers’ association in Dancalan Village, Ilog town, has forwarded a petition to the Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO), in the province, appealing that a piece of land totaling 5,6021 hectares be awarded to them, rather than the present landowner, as the government’s CARP would be rendered efficacious and a farce.
The property located in Km 109, Tabu Village, Ilog town is now unoccupied after about 30 of the farmers including their families protested the entry of the Novero family, which include, Reynaldo "Papang" Novero and during the filing of an ejectment case against them by well-known personality, lawyer Renecito "Inoy" Novero, a candidate for vice-mayor in the coming elections on May 13 2013, in Bacolod.
Eleven LGUs in the province of Negros Occidental are being closely monitored having been listed from a military intelligence report to be under the election watchlist.
Negros Occ. Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) Chief OIC S/Supt.Celestino Guarra, Jr. identified these areas under category 1 - Escalante City and under category 2 - Cadiz City, Manapla town, Victorias City, Toboso town, Calatrava town, Moises Padilla town, Binalbagan town, Himamaylan City, Ilog town and Sipalay City.
Category 1 means there is an existing intense political rivalry and possible presence of armed group while category 2 means there is a possibility of the presence of armed group such as the NPA or private armed group, Guarra explained.
Congresswoman Mercedes Alvarez (6th district, Neg. Occ) is hoping that the Department of Justice will resolve the murder complaint in connection with the ambush slay of RTC Kabankalan judge, Henry Arles where his father Negros Occidental vice governor Genaro Alvarez and his brother Ilog Mayor Paul Alvarez were implicated.
This as she categorically denied she has anything to do with the recent relief of National Bureau of Investigation Bacolod chief, Ferdinand Lavin.
Lavin as then NBI chief initiated the filing of the murder complaint against the two Alvarez with the DOJ together with other suspects which included five members of the RPA-ABB as well as Cauayan Vice mayor Jerry Tabujara.
Negros Island, particularly the southern part of Negros Occidental is considered an important migratory flyway or traditional route taken by migratory birds, according to the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO).
In Negros Island, several wetlands were already identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as important sites for migratory species.
Major Gen. Jose Mabanta, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army yesterday said that in a year or two, southern Negros once considered as a hotbed of insurgency will be declared as insurgency free.
This, as he also stated that the Philippine Army will refocus efforts with the slated 2013 elections.
Mabanta issued this statement during the turn over ceremonies yesterday, January 9, 2013 at the 47th IB where Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmeña was replaced by Lt. Col. Enriquito Deocades as battalion commander.