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PNP crime laboratory personnel inventoried the high-powered firearm of the RPA-ABB members in Northern Negros.*

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RPA negotiating
for gun retention


BRGY. BAGONBON, San Carlos City - The Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (Tabara Paduano Group) leadership will negotiate with the government for the retention of their firearms, citing security threats to their leaders and members from the New People’s Army, its spokesman, Victorino Sumulong, said.

Records of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process show that the RPA-ABB forces in Negros island have about 538 firearms, aside from the 102 guns of their colleagues in Iloilo, Antique and Aklan.

The inventory of all firearms possessed by the rebel group form part of the imminent closure of the peace agreement between the government and the RPA-ABB (Tabara-Paduano Group).*moremoremore

Army nabs
suspected NPA leader

The wife of a notorious rebel commander in southern Negros, who is allegedly a political leader of the New People’s Army, was arrested yesterday by soldiers of the 47th Infantry Battalion in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental..

Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmena, 47th IB commander, yesterday identified the arrested rebel leader as Mary Jane Magkilat, alias Chin-Chin, who is the head of the Education Bureau of the South West Front Committee of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros.

Magkilat is also the political officer of the SWFC Platoon 2, that is commanded by her husband, Reniel Cellon, alias Kumpol, Sosmena said.moremoremore

Rojas favors
agro-eco sugar zones


The creation of integrated agro-industrial economic zones for sugarcane will benefit the industry because it will result in economy of scale and make sugar production more cost efficient, Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, said yesterday.

“Sugarcane is a plantation crop…it calls for the consolidation of farms into more viable sizes,” Rojas said.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) Wednesday said he is filing a bill that aims to raise the value of sugarcane through the creation of integrated agro industrial economic zones that will not only produce sugar, but fuel, power and other by-products, to enable the industry to survive trade liberalization beyond 2015.moremoremore

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