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E. B. Magalona

NOPPO Intensifies Drive vs. Wanted Persons

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In connection with the implementation of Lambat Sibat, two wanted persons were arrested in separate police operations conducted in Negros Occidental, last June 25, 2015.

Police identified the arrested suspects as Jojo Pelarion, 29 , of Guiljongan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, with warrant of arrest issued by Presiding Judge Estefanio S. Libutan Jr., of 6th Judicial Region, Branch 54, Bacolod City, for homicide case.

‘Poverty Drives People to Become Victims of Human Trafficking’

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Poverty and the lack of social and economic opportunity makes people want to migrate in search of better conditions, according to a non government organization on human trafficking.

Lawyer Arnel Sigue, president of the Anti- Trafficking Legal Advocates Society (ATLAS), Inc. told Negros Daily Bulletin yesterday this “displacement of population increases their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse through trafficking.”

Thirteen Negrenses, mostly residents of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental, were recently rescued in Virac, Catanduanes for human trafficking.

Capitol to Aid Human Trafficking Victims in E.B. Magalona

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The Negros Occidental provincial government will help the victims of the human trafficking in E.B. Magalona town, said Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Marañon said he has instructed the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to give assistance to the victims.

“It’s a pity as many of the victims are minors and teenagers, “ the Governor said.

He also agreed with EB Magalona Mayor David Albert Lacson that the incidence is “alarming”.

Marañon said that the victims are “enticed because of poverty”.

Human Trafficking May Have Victimized Other Negrenses, Too

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EB Magalona- After 13 of his constituents were rescued in a case of human trafficking, Mayor David Albert Lacson believes that it may have also victimized other Negrenses in other local government units.

Lacson said the incident is quite alarming as it may not be limited to EB Magalona alone.

There is a need for heightened vigilance against illegal recruiters, the mayor said.

Lacson said he will call a meeting of EB Magalona barangay captains this week to raise awareness, so they will be on guard against human trafficking activities.

Cops Eye Seva Group Responsible for Bus Hold Ups

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EB Magalona police authorities are eyeing the splinter members of Seva Brother robbery-holdup group as responsible for the hold up of Ceres bus last April 22 at Hda. Teresa, Barangay Alicante in the town.

Police Senior Inspector Conrado Rances, the town’s police chief disclosed that they already identified one of the four suspects but refused to divulge his name as police operation was being conducted.

Rances said the suspects’ identity was an effort to prevent the group to stage hold ups in the area.