Spokespersons for the Defend the National Patrimony-Negros, have exposed the entry of a US-based and a Malaysian-based company in the island which intend to convert an estimated 600,000 hectares in the island’s hinterlands areas specifically in Central Negros, which could cover part of the two provinces once converted into a palm oil plantation.
Spokespersons of the Defend the Patrimony-Negros, included Philippine Independent Church (PIC) clergymen Fr. Lemuel Canja and Bobby Minguito and Raymund But-ay, a member of the Bukidnon-Magahat-Ituman indigenous tribes living in the hinterlands of four villages in Himamaylan City, parts of Negros Oriental and parts of Kabankalan City.
These are in the connecting villages of Biao in Binalbagan, Mahalang, Carabalan Villages and in Brgy. Buenavista which also straddles part of Kabankalan City, But-ay said in the NNF/NDB interview yesterday after their press conference at the NPC.
These also border and upper reaches which are adjacent to the Kabankalan and Ilog Hilabangan rivers, he said.
Traffic authorities in Kabankalan City are looking into the case of over speeding as the cause of two riders’ injuries and the death of one in a road mishap Tuesday night along the national road at Sitio San Lucas, Brgy. Hilamonan.
Initial investigation said a Kawasaki CT100 tricycle driven by Artemio Pavillar, 24, of Sitio Balisong, Brgy. Orong going South direction of the road while on its tail was a Rusi 125 motorcycle with plate number 1915 IG driven by Prydy Villagracia, 21, of Sitio San Lucas, Brgy. Hilamonan with his elder brother Rudy riding on the back of his driven vehicle.
Police authorities in Kabankalan City are still in pursuit of a suspect in the killing of a former soldier Thursday afternoon at Brgy. Bantayan in the sotuhern Negros Occ. city.
The victim, identified as Leovy Cervantes, 47, and a resident of Purok 3, Brgy. Bantayan was gunned down and succumbed to a single gunshot wound in the neck.
Initial investigations said Cervantes was approaching his parked motorcycle after a drinking spree when shot by the suspect using an unknown caliber of firearm.
Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco called on the hinterland folks in Barangay Locotan to be vigilant and watch over the implementation of the P37 Million road network in the area in the spirit transparency.
"We want to ensure transparency" Zayco stressed.
Zayco together with Undersecretaries Maria Cleofe Sandoval and Luisito Montalbo of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on led the ground breaking of the P37 Million road project under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process ((OPAPP).
(LEFT PHOTO) Department of Agriculture Region VI Technical Director for Policy, Planning, Research and Development Joyce Wendam ( 2nd from left) turns over the check worth P18.5 million to Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco as partial allocation for the concreting of Brgy. Locotan farm-to-market road through the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Project of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). AT RIGHT, Kabankalan City Mayor Zayco, OPPAP USec. Ma. Cleofe Sandoval (5th from left) and USec. Luisito Montalbo (4th from right) lead the laying of the time capsule during the ground breaking ceremony of Brgy. Locotan farm-to-market road in the city, Friday. Also in photo are 303rd IB Commander Col. Jon Aying, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina P. Sanogal, DA-Region VI Technical Director Joyce Wendam, Veronica Abarra of RPA-PRMP-ABB and other Eng’r. Rogelio Diaz and other city officials.*
Police authorities in Kabankalan City and Ilog town filed robbery and illegal possession of firearms cases against three suspects allegedly involved in several notorious crimes like the holdup of a doctor and a teacherrecently.
PSInsp. Nerito Lobrido, Kabankalan City Police Officer OIC told NDB that Christian Doctolero, Emart Evangelista and Ace Magada were arrested at about 10:35 in the evening at Barangay 1 in the city last Saturday.
Lobrido said that along with PO2 Arnold Tadiaque, they were conducting mobile patrol in the area when they spotted the three suspects on board a motorcycle.
The Arles family has aired deep suspicions about the "surrender" of three members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB), suspects along with three others in the killing of Kabankalan RTC Judge Henry Arles in April of last year, saying it could be a ploy at deception for several underlying reasons, the slain magistrate’s brother-in-law, lawyer Frank Britanico said in a text message and a subsequent interview of NNF/NDB by cellphone.
Earlier, the "surrender" of the three murder suspects, namely Eddie Fortunado, the alleged gunman who rode a tricycle driven by another suspect and who motored abreast of the unsuspecting Arles’ automobile and who shot him dead slumping on the wheel of his car, was declared by the three as an honest intent to clear their names of the heinous crime. They are innocent, they said.
The surrender of the three suspects charged in the murder of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles was "probably a trick," lawyer Frank Britanico claimed.
Britanico, brother-in-law of the slain judge, said the surrender of Jessie Daguia, Eddie Fortunado, and Alejandro Capunong to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) last Thursday "might be a preparation for a major deception, like the coming out of a fall guy."
"We have the name of the possible fall guy. He is now an inmate at the national penitentiary. We also received a handwritten letter from him, naming one of the masterminds," Britanico said in a text message.
Three of the seven charged suspects in the murder of Kabankalan regional trial court Judge Henry Arles have surrendered to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) in Bacolod yesterday.
Suspects Jessie Daguia, Eddie Fortunado and Alejandro Capunong - who are all members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) surrendered to authorities, but insisted they are innocent of the charges against them.
Local News: Residents in Sipalay Village Sent Subpoenas After Complaints of Landgrabbing from Victims
The spokeswoman of the NPAs Southwest Command Guerrilla Front in the island, ka Andrea Guerrero has sent notices to specific residents in Camindangan Subvillage and Camansi Village to appear before their People’s Court to explain their side on accusations that they are intimidating and have landgrabbed landholding belonging to the farmers who are tillers and are also beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Guerrero said the subpoena to appear before the revolutionary movement’s People’s Court, was issued because of complaints filed by victims or landgrabbing before the People’s Court in Negros. The Southwest Negros Guerrilla Front is the Armando Sumayang Jr. Command.
The province’s primary transport organization, the United Negros Drivers’ Operators’ Center (UNDOC), spearheaded the holding of protest actions to slam various impositions by giant oil companies, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC, and its line agencies, with the holding of a noise barrage still symbolical in scale, along with the business community, the Bacolod Diocese and various sectoral groups particularly Kadamay and other national democratic groups.
The UNDOC-Piston initiated protest action was held in front of the Fountain of Justice (FOJ), in the old city hall.
Aside from speeches during the rally, a noise barrage right in the protest area which was joined in by the San Sebastian cathedral with the ringing of church bells was held, said UNDOC Secretary-General Diego Malacad.