Hinlo Presidential Spokesman Sec. Ernesto Abella, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno and Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo, Budget and Management Undersecretary Laura Pascua and DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero (l-r) at a meeting at the DILG office in Metro Manila yesterday


Sueno asks Palace to
halt action on NIR
As strong defense for retention readied
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno yesterday said he has asked Malacañang to hold off approval of a draft executive order abolishing the Negros Island Region, while a strong presentation on why it should be retained is being prepared.

Sueno told the DAILY STAR he believes the majority of the Cabinet members now support the NIR retention, including National Economic and Development Authority head Ernesto Pernia, who previously sided with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno in the push for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign a draft executive order abolishing the NIR.

In fact the NEDA and other departments are helping ready the presentation for the retention of the NIR before the Cabinet, he added. moremoremore

Police aims to clear 1,052 brgys
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The number of Negros Island Region policemen allegedly linked to illegal drugs is increasing.

Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, NIR police director, said yesterday that they are now validating the alleged involvement of 10 more police non-commissioned officers (PNCOs) assigned in Negros Island to the illegal drug trade.

But Gumban said he expects the issuance of relief orders to three other police commissioned officers, who may not be directly involved in the illegal drug trade, but did nothing about the proliferation of illegal drugs in their areas. moremoremore

 

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2 men shot dead in Basay,
link to girl's rape-slay eyed

Police in Basay, Negros Oriental, are investigating a possible connection between the shooting to death of two men early yesterday and the rape-slay of a seven-year-old girl in the town on New Year's Eve.

Revenge as a result of public outrage over the rape-slay of the girl is now being eyed as the motive for the killing of Peve Neil Pamaypay, 17, and Mansueto Maban Supatan, 51.

Initial police report said that at around 4 a.m. yesterday, Pamaypay and Supatan were shot at close range while they were asleep inside a hut owned by Juditho Utzurrum in Purok 2, Poblacion, Basay..