MERGE Members of progressive groups in Negros Occidental lit candles to call for justice for the death of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos, at a rally at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon*

Human rights lawyer killed

A human rights lawyer serving as a counsel of six alleged New People’s Army rebels captured in an encounter with Army soldiers in previous months in Negros Oriental, was shot and killed Tuesday night by two motorcycle-riding suspects at Roxas Street in Brgy. 5, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

The victim, identified as Benjamin Ramos, 56, succumbed to three gunshot wounds in the back and left upper chest, Supt. Jonel Guadalope, officer-in-charge of the Kabankalan City Police Station said. He was declared dead on arrival at the Holy Mother of Mercy Hospital in Kabankalan City, the police said.

Initial police investigations showed that Ramos was on his way home, after buying cigarette from a sari-sari store in the place, when he was shot by a gunman, who was wearing a jacket with hood with his face partially covered. The suspect, who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol, fled on the motorcycle, with the driver wearing a helmet, the police said. moremoremore

Killing job-related: militant groups

Members of the Paghidaet sa Kauswagan Development Group Inc. believe that the killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr. Tuesday in Kabankalan City was perpetrated by state authorities.

Felipe Gelle, a member of PDG, said at a press conference yesterday that they believe that the motive for Ramos’ death was extra-judicial killing against human rights advocates and progressive organizations.

He said President Duterte has launched an all-out war against suspected Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army supporters. They are looking at the possible involvement of the death squad, allegedly created by the Armed Forces of the Philippine in Negros, in the death of Ramos, he added. moremoremore


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Bacolod-Silay airport runway
to be closed, flights delayed

MANILA - The Bacolod-Silay Airport’s runway 03/21 will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 9, to give way to a full-scale emergency exercise to be held during that period.

“This is a requirement for the airport’s aerodrome certification, a certification for its navigational equipment," Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesperson, Eric Apolonio, said yesterday.

The CAAP said flights that may be delayed due to the runway’s closure included that of Philippine Airlines 2331/2332 Clark-Bacolod-Clark and 2131/2132 Manila-Bacolod/Manila; and Cebu Pacific’s (5J) 484 Bacolod-Manila, 5J 125 Bacolod-Cebu, and 5J 486 Manila-Bacolod.