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Arman Toga

Sta. Clara Raid Nets 16 AK-47 Assault Rifles

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Also numerous other firearms & ammunitions

Some 16 AK-47 assault rifles and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunitions were seized in a police raid on a rented house at Sta. Clara Subdivision in Bacolod City early last night.

"(Right photo) Newspaper editor and former Negros Press Club president Arman Toga, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal and Philippine Information Agency Information Center Manager Lorenzo Lambatin Jr. seal their commitment to advocate for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation as part of the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign between PIA and DENR with the focal theme: Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

Police operatives from various units, led by the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), also recovered various types of firearms and accessories, during the raid at a Jalandoni family-owned house being rented by one Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.

Ex-SB Man & School Pres. Shot Dead

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Ilog Police Station operatives are in pursuit of suspects involved in last night’s shooting to death of a former town councilor and Dancalan Private Academy (DPA) president.

Former Ilog Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Edmund Turk Vail, DPA’s President, was shot dead at about 8 last night by unidentified men riding on a motorcycle.

Vail, 48 years old and married, was with his friends in a store in Barangay Dancalan proper in Ilog when shot dead by the riding-in-tandem.

DILG SECRETARY Mar Roxas during yesterday’s One Negros Island Region consultation meeting at the Provincial Capitol yesterday.*(Owen S. Bayog photo)

A source very close to Vail whose name is being withheld by NDB, in a long distance call last night, said Vail was rushed to a hospital facility in Kabankalan City after the shooting but was declared dead by the attending physician.

Letter to the Editor

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‘Psychic Healing, Surgery in Negros’?

June 20, 2014


Mr. Arman Toga
Editor, Negros Daily Bulletin

Dear Mr. Toga,

‘Don’t Entice IPs to Cut Trees’ DENR-CENRO Urges

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While Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal said there are government officials from southern Negros Occidental and Oriental who were alleged to be behind illegal logging in Hinoba-an town, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro) Dr. Vilma Linates said private financiers are also behind cutting of endangered tree species.

Dr. Linates, whose area covers the towns of Hinobaan and Cauayan, appealed to the private sector to refrain from enticing people in the hinterlands, or those referred to as indigenous people (IPs), to engage in illegal logging in the wilderness of Barangay Damutan in Hinobaan or anywehre else.

These, following the discovery last week of 50- to 100-year old Lauan and other tree species that were illegally cut in the remaining virgin forest in Damutan.

IF THE LEADER LEADS BY EXAMPLE - the rest will surely follow. Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan led the blood letting activity at Barangay Zone 1 recently.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

The trees were reportedly left untouched by logging company Insular Lumber Co. (ILCO) decades ago to serve as a wildlife habitat.

Some 500 cut pieces of endangered tree species like Red Lauan, estimated to be about 1,000 cubic meters, were cut.

Rep. Paduano Calls for Transparency

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Former rebel leader known as Carapali Lualhati and now Representative of Abang Lingkod Partylist, Joseph Stephen Paduano re-echoed his reminder to public office employees and officials to be transparent and practice accountability in all government offices.

"Lead by example for leadership is not imposed, not dictated but rather we earn the respect of our peers through practice," Congressman Paduano said in a broadcast interview in Bacolod City..


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