SAFWOMEN WARRIORS. These SAF troopers assigned at the 6th Special Action Battalion in Sagay City, areĀ  highly-trained in close quarter battle tactics.* (GPB photo)


Negros mourns ‘Fallen 44’
BY GILBERT BAYORAN,
CHRYSEE SAMILLANO & SHIELA GELERA

Police officers assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office, yesterday expressed their sympathy to the “Fallen 44”, who perished in Maguindanao while pursuing high-ranking terrorists Zulkifli Abdhir, alias Marwan, and Basit Usman, by joining the National Day of Mourning.

A “Walk of Sympathy” for the victims is slated at 6 a.m. today, from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, to the San Sebastian Cathedral, where a solidarity mass will be held, attended by members of the Philippine National Police, Negros Press Club and other groups.

Fr. Felix Pasquin said that after the mass, 44 white balloons, representing the 44 elite Special Action Force commandos, will be released into the air at the entrance of the Cathedral..moremoremore

Sipalay CENRO
chief reassigned
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The Sipalay Community Environment Natural Resources Office has been converted into a sub-office, and its chief, Vilma Limates, was transferred to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Guimaras as head of its technical services, in the ongoing reorganization of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Her transfer came in the wake of the controversial hauling of fallen logs from the Wilderness area in Brgy. Damutan, Hinobaan, being undertaken by a private contractor, according to an agreement with the local government of Hinobaan..moremoremore

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Negrenses, netizens condole
with kin of slain SAF troopers

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Hundreds of residents of Negros Oriental and netizens yesterday expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of the “Fallen 44” troopers of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in Maguindanao Sunday.

The trending on a buy and sell page alone on the social networking site Facebook, with pictures of one of the slain SAF commandoes, Police Officer 3 Junrel Kibete, originally from Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, continued to draw hundreds of comments of netizens seeking for justice for the fallen heroes.

Many extended their condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family of Kibete, others just typed the short epitaph, R.I.P. (rest in peace), offered their salutations, remembered him in their high school and college days, and some expressed their gratitude and sought for justice and called him a “hero of Negros”.moremoremore