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Negros Oriental police arrest father, 2 sons in connection with killing of cops

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The suspects are identified as brothers Jelly Ebedo and Gelie Ebedo and their father Belly Ebedo. They are suspects in the ambush of 4 police officers last July

AMBUSH. Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

Negros killings: Senate panels recommend probe of cops, army, vigilante group

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

‘No one was spared — men, women, and children suffered at the hands of lawless armed men,’ says the report

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Negros Oriental dance troupe in Sinulog 2020 pays tribute to slain farmers

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:16 AM

In a rare show of activism, the Pakol Festival perform a routine that showed the violence farmers experience in Negros Island

FARMERS. This performance pays tribute to farmers killed in Negros. Photo by Chang Euldan/Sinulog Foundation

Police order crackdown vs illegal firearms in Negros Oriental

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The order is prompted by the killing of a barangay captain and a teenager in Bayawan City by unidentified assailants who used an unregistered gun

UNREGISTERED GUNS. Police display unregistered firearms confiscated in November 2019. Photo from Police Regional Office 7's Facebook page

Moshing for farmer’s lives

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Galit na galit na ang mga patay!' Ourselves the Elves vocalist Alyana Cabral screams. The crowd riles back

[OPINION] Ang magsasaka: Salamin ng kasipagan – at ng kahirapan

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Kung tatamad-tamad ka raw ay baka mahuli at maghirap ka. Paano naman ang ating mga magsasaka?

BP Valenzuela, BLKD + Calix, more artists to perform in gig for victims of Negros killings

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Discussions will be held between performances, to help raise awareness among the youth

SA NGALAN NG TUBO. The event brings together local artists who are playing for the benefit of the victims of the Negros killings. Photo from the event's Facebook page

MAP Negros killings since July 2016

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many reports say that the methods of killings usually involve gunmen barging into homes, riding-in-tandem shooting at close range, and masked men trailing people

Dela Rosa, Hontiveros demand 'serious' probe into Negros vigilante group

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the death of 5 of the 15 people in vigilante group Kagubak's hit list 'confirms that the hit list is real'

PROBE CALLED. Senator Ronald dela Rosa is alarmed about a kill list allegedly used by an alleged anti-communist group. File photo by Angie De Silva

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

Senate hearing on Negros killings

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:02 AM

In a span of 10 days in July, the island saw 21 people dead at the hands of gunmen. Watch the start of the Senate probe live on Rappler on August 26.

4 of 11 Negros Oriental killings ‘solved’ – Albayalde

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:03 PM

A special task force is being formed to monitor the investigation of other killings in Negros Oriental

KILLINGS. Lawyer Anthony Trinidad is among dozens killed in Negros Oriental in July. Photo from Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Woman gunned down near Bacolod police station

Aug 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

This is the 3rd killing in Negros Occidental in 3 days

CRIME SCENE. A woman is shot to death along Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, just a few meters from the city police station, on August 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of John Patrick Amacio

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rules out martial law in Negros, for now

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Martial law will only be enforced in accordance with the Constitution,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally conducted to condemn the recent spate of killings in the region on July 27 in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Peace and order in Negros 'remains normal' – Albayalde

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Top cop General Oscar Albayalde says the police are 'doing everything' to keep President Rodrigo Duterte from using emergency powers to address the spate of killings in Negros Island

BULLET HOLES. The car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

Rappler's Bacolod correspondent tailed by 'suspicious' man

Aug 04, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The man, who was aboard a motorcycle, followed journalist Marchel Espina for almost 18 kilometers

Robredo questions martial law as solution to Negros killings

Aug 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo urges authorities to find the suspects behind the killings in Negros Oriental instead

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at a forum in March 2017. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Monitoring coronavirus: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Benjamin Caguioa once warned that if the NPA conflict is upheld as basis to declare martial law, the Philippines may be trapped in a perpetual state of miitary rule

CORONAVIRUS MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Palace photo


PNP sees no need for martial law in Negros: 'It's under control'

Aug 02, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Philippine National Police says all its units in Negros Island 'remain on full alert and vigilant to thwart and prevent occurrence of crimes and killings'

'UNDER CONTROL.' PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, July 29, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kin of slain lawyer in Negros Oriental condemns red-tagging

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'Anthony or any member of our family is not a communist sympathizer as portrayed by the people who want to harm and kill us,' says the lawyer's sister Andrea Trinidad

Armed men who ‘observed’ killing of cops in Negros Oriental arrested in Cebu

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Police officials say the suspects arrested were present when 4 police officers were executed by alleged communist rebels in Ayungon town Negros Oriental

ARMED. Three armed men are arrested by Cebu police in Badian town. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-7

Duterte to use emergency powers to stop Negros violence

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the reward money for the capture of killers of 4 policemen and vows to 'replicate the atrocious acts' allegedly perpetrated by communist rebels

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to one of the slain police officers as he visits the wake at Camp Lt. Col. Francisco C. Fernandez Jr. in Sibulan, Negros Oriental on July 20, 2019. During his visit, the President honors the four police officers who were killed in an ambush by suspected communist rebels last July 18. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Negros Oriental police chief sacked amid back-to-back killings

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Just between July 18 to 26, a total of 15 persons, including 4 policemen and a school principal, were killed in separate shooting incidents