Two men suspected of murder were jointly arrested in Negros Occidental by Kabankalan City Police and intelligence operatives of Rizal and Antipolo Police Station, Thursday evening.
PSupt. Salvador E. Dagoon Jr., of Kabankalan City Police with PSInsp. Perlito R. Tuayon, of Rizal Provincial Police apprehended Romano Rivera, 28, of Sitio Tapian, Brgy. Hilamonan and Ambrocio Caunan, 35, of Brgy. Serafina Sto. Niño, South Cotabato at about 6:45PM, Thursday at Brgy. Hilamonan.
Farmers in Barangay Kamansi in Kabankalan City, are complaining about the operations of the 47th Infantry Battalion (IB) soldiers who, aside from staying in their houses, carry out foot patrols in the dead of night.
The soldiers are staying in the hacienda owned by landowner, Gene Sola, and primarily being by his son, John Paul Sola.
Word has spread that five of the farmers will allegedly be assassinated or eliminated after New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas carried out a lightning raid last week at the hacienda compound, seizing shotguns and hogtying security guards.
The International Children Surgical Foundation based in Idaho in the United States, will perform free operations for children with cleft lip (sungi) in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Dubbed as Mission Smile, the free operations will be performed on February 3 to 14, this year at the Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan.
Farmers coming from Lumbia Subvillage, Kamansi Village in Kabankalan City, primarily in the disputed hacienda Sta. Isabel of the Sola family, have been assured by the local Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO), that they will fast track the survey phase for the implementation of the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), but had a heated exchange of opinion when the farmers were told that soldiers of the 47th IB would be posted in the area.
The MARO said the survey to the fast track the implementation of the agrarian reform program would be in February 11, next month but a heated discussion took place between the farmers and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) when Ronnie Acuyan who belonged to the local DAR said that the soldiers are to provide "security" and stand guard during the survey. The farmers’ leaders reasoned out that the soldiers have nothing to do with the program and have no business being there.
As usual, after the raid carried out by the rebel New People’s Army (NPA) in the hacienda of the Sola family administered by Gene Sola and son, John Paul Sola, the military soon after carried out operations but which were again the subjects of complaints from farmer-leaders who requested they not be named for security reasons, because heavily-armed soldiers in full battle gear took liberties and forcibly stayed in farmers’ houses, evidently as a cover.
After the NPA answered the farmers’ call for succor after their corn crops were allegedly cut, crops allowed to be partaken of by the Sola’s sheeps, and being shot at a number of times, the farmers declared that this time harassments in the form of soldier-boarders are continually disturbing their lives.
Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels swooped down Hacienda Sta. Isabel in Barangay Camansi, Kabankalan City at noontime yesterday and burned a warehouse with several farm implements and firearms.
Initial reports from the Kabankalan Police and other NDB sources revealed that the burning of the warehouse of the hacienda owned by sugar planter Pedro Jean Sola, also resulted to the burning of fertilizers, salt and farm implements, tractor, three shotguns and a hand grenade owned by E & R Security Agency guards.
Joint elements of Special Operations Group (SOG) – NOPPO and Bago City Police Station apprehended eight persons and confiscated a number of motorcycles in a raid against illegal gambling about 7:34PM, Sunday at Brgy. Balingasag in Bago.
PSInsp. Antonio Benitez, SOG-Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office head and PSupt. Arnel Arpon, Bago Police chief, implemented the search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 62 Judge Francis Guanzon.
GMA NETWORK joined Kapusong Kabankalanon in celebrating their 38th Sinulog de Kabankalan at Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Themed "After the Tempest: Offering of Adoration and Thanksgiving to the Señor Santo Niño," this year’s festivities was filled with joy, excitement and wholesome entertainment held at Kabankalan Football Field last Jan. 17, 2014.
Thousands of Kabankalanons entertained for free by their GMA brightest Kapuso Stars – no less than the cast of afternoon prime Villa Quintana Kapuso Actor Juancho Trivino, comedian and host Paolo Contis, Kapuso Actress Janine Gutierrez and Elmo Magalona made the crowd happy.*
Through GMA Network’s Regional Station GMA Ch. 13 & 30 Western Visayas, the Kapuso Network had a Kapuso Fiesta with fun games and prizes plus entertaining performances from the Choi Force Dancers and some of the best stand-up comedians namely, Aya and Silver.
Kabankalan, the premier city in southern Negros Occidental is gearing for greater heights with the expected influx of more investors and tourists.
Mayor Isidro Zayco yesterday said the city has been getting more visitors not only during its annual Negros Sinulog Festival.
NEGROS (KABANKALAN) SINULOG QUEEN 2014 (center ) is 22-yr. old Hazel Mae Trasmonte (sponsored by Brgy. 5). She was crowned by Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco and 6th District Congresswoman Mercedez K. Alvarez, assisted by Chantely Kae Gonzales (Negros Sinulog 2013 Queen). First runner up is Kimberly Valies (sponsored by Brgy. Locotan), and 2nd runner-up is Merry Joy Lanaja (sponsored by Brgy. Inapoy).* (Jun Gaton / Pasiplat photo)
Zayco told newsmen he is thankful to Kabankalanons, visitors and entities supporting not only the festival but also the sustained growth and development of the city which connects southern Negros Occ. to the Oriental side of the island.
NEGROS Sinulog Queen 2014 of Kabankalan City is Candidate No.7 Hazel Mae Trasmonte who also received the awards for Best in Speaker and Best in Gown. From left the, first runner up candidate No.9 Kimberly Valies who receives the award for Best in Swimsuit, Best in Tribal Wear and Miss 2 Go Travel. The 2nd runner up is Candidate No. 5 Marry Joy Lanaja.* (Jun Gaton/Pasiplat)