PNP says ex-farmers ‘persons of interest’ in Sagay massacre

Marje Pelayo   •   October 22, 2018   •   3379

 

Remains of farmers killed on October 19, 2018 in Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental | NFSW

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Monday (October 22) that neighbors of the slain farmers in Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental identified the person possibly behind the massacre in the afternoon of October 19.

The PNP said they are now looking for some persons of interest who, according to witnesses, were former farmers.

“In terms of identity, iyan pa ang niwo-work out natin kasi nagma-match sa sinasabi nating former farm workers din,” said PCInsp. Robert Mansueto, Chief of Sagay City Police.

According to Police Regional Office 6 Director PCSupt. John Bulalacao, the authorities are looking into four angles as to the motive behind the crime – the land owner’s mobilization of armed group, conflict over land ownership, a possible influence of the New People’s Army (NPA), and the old conflict of the land owner with members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) unit in 2015.

“Ito daw may-ari na si Ms. Tolentino ay pinarenta ang farm niya pero bago niya pinarenta ay mayroong 40 farmers siya doon at allegedly, ang farmers doon have already in their possession the deed of donation from the land owners. Noong malaman na may deed of donation itong mga biktima pumunta doon sa lugar na instigated by the core members of the Sugarcane Federation ng Negros (Occidental),” explained Supt. Bulalacao.

With this, Bulalacao said, the authorities will also interrogate the core members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers.

The police official said among the three persons of interest, two have already been examined for paraffin test.

“Noong October 20, pinuntahan sila ng mga 40 na alleged farmers at kinausap na huwag sila mag-squat doon sa lugar.  But itong mga namatay, they insisted to stay on kaya noong gabi namatay sila,” Bulalacao said.

The officer said authorities also recovered firearms from the victims including a .38 caliber pistol and shotgun ammunition.

The witnesses also said there were only around 5 to 7 suspects contrary to earlier reports that 40 armed men stormed the sugar farm.

A witness, meanwhile, identified one of the gunmen as also a resident of Hacienda Nene. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

 

PNP takes full control of training police recruits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019.  EPA-EFE / FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.

The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.

“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”

RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”

It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.

“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.

“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Negros Occidental to supply pork meat in ASF-infected provinces

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2019

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental assures the public that the province remains free from African Swine Fever (ASF).

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, they are strict when it comes to implementing biosecurity procedures and animal practices within the province.

Likewise, paraveterinary workers are constantly assisting the veterinarians in conducting regular rounds to pig facilities across Negros Occidental .

Currently, the province has about 4,000 pigs in surplus above its monthly consumption and it is planning to send these to ASF-infected provinces like Aklan and Cebu.

“We persuaded them [Aklan and Cebu] to amend their EO [because they have seen the] biosecurity [of the] province,” Decena said.

Earlier, the provinces of Aklan and Cebu issued executive orders banning the entry of pigs and other pork products from Luzon.

Decena said they may now supply pork meat to these areas after they were given go signal.

“We were given the chance to enter the market,” he concluded. – MNP (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

LGU delcares dengue outbreak in Murcia, Negros Occidental

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

The local government of Negros Occidental has declared a degue outbreak in Murcia due to over 300 percent increase in cases of dengue in the area.

READ: Dengue cases spike to over 100K – DOH

Mother Julita Alartino worries about her son 18-year-old son who has been diagnosed with dengue.

“Kinakabahan nga ako, hindi ako mapakali. Okay man siya tumigil na ang kaniyang lagnat kahapon kaso nagkaroon siya ng rashes at mababa ang kaniyang [platelets] pinapakain ko siya ng prutas, (I worry and I feel restless. His fever subsided since yesterday but he has rashes and his platelet count is low. I give him fruits to eat),” she said.

Julita did not come to work in order to care for his son.

From January 1 to 20, there had been 160 reported cases of dengue in Murcia. This is 344 percent higher compared to the 34 cases reported in the same period last 2018.

READ: Malacañang open to considering return of Dengvaxia amid spike in dengue cases

“I decided to declare [dengue outbreak]. Kaya nag-purchase ko ng fogging machine (So I purchased a fogging machine) —emergency purchase for that alone,” according Murcia Mayor Gerry Rojas.

Meanwhile, the local government continues to conduct its information campaign on how to prevent dengue.—AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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