Arman Toga

Malvar Squad vs. Illegal Drugs, ‘Not Vigilante, Not Mercenary’

“The Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) Malvar Squad is organized to help the government fight illegal drugs and gambling. It is national in scope and Negrosanons are lucky it was originally organized and started in Bacolod.”

“The squad is not a group of vigilantes nor mercenaries. It is composed of former bemedalled military men, multi-awarded policemen and distinguished civilians with proper training, who joined to continue their advocacy against illegal activities and crimes.”

‘Negros First Ranch Land Not Excluded from CARP’

The Department of Agrarian (DAR) dismissed the application for exclusion filed by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental for the landholdings which it purchased and utilized for the establishment of the Negros First Ranch.

The provincial government filed the application for exclusion from the coverage of the Comprehensive Agarian Reform Program (CARP) involving three parcels of land with an aggregate area of 159.4646 hectares located in Barangays Sta. Rosa and Canlandog, Murcia town Negros Occidental.

Marañon-Lacson Proclamation Delayed Anew

By Arman P. Toga & Eugene Adiong

The misdelivery of ballots to a precinct in Hinigaran, intended for Borongan, Samar, once again delayed the proclamation of winners in the positions of Negros Occidental governor, vice governor, 5th district congressman and 5th district Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.

This, despite the fact that Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. was unopposed, and re-electionist Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is ahead by 12,317 votes in unofficial results minus the Hinigaran precinct’s 685 votes.


Top Campaigners of Mayors Montilla & Peña Shot Dead

The campaign managers of reelectionist Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla III and of former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno “Magsie” Peña, both members of Prominent Families in Negros Occidental was shot dead past 4PM yesterday in Moises Padilla town.

Magdaleno “Nonong” Grande, 54, of Moises Padilla, died on the spot when about five young men fired at him while his group was having a campaign sortie in Sitio Coyaoyao, Barangay Inolingan, in the said town.

‘Negros Resorts Lack Lifeguards’

Resorts in Negros island, either public or private, lack lifeguards and lifesavers, according to the president of a non-government organization advocating water safety.

Engr. Arne Navarra, president and chief executive officer of Philippine Life Saving (PLS) said the situation in the resorts of the island is that “there is no lifeguard (those who scan potential dangers in water and land) and no lifesavers (those who respond to emergency situations - supporting the lifeguards, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation and emergency care.”