“We adhere to the law, we follow thelaw. We did not enforce martial law and said these people should be detained.We followed the rule of law,” Arevalo added. “We will never back down from ourefforts of fulfilling our promise to the people of liberating Negros frominsurgency,” Captain Cenon PancitoIII, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division said Thursday. “As long as crime is being committed,we will do our task of maintaining peace and order in the area,” stressedPancito. His statement was echoed by Pancito,who said that from the start, the Army carried out efforts within legalboundaries. He dismissed former Bayan Munaparty-list representative, Neri Colmenares’ statement that Negros is under astate of de facto martial law. Pancito, together with BrigadierGeneral Benedict Arevalo, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, responded tothe accusations hurled by leaders of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Kilusang Mambubukidng Pilipinas, and allied organizations on the simultaneous raids conducted bythe police and military in areas occupied by their colleagues in Bacolod lastweek. “Any decision the fiscal has renderedis respected. It is the rightful office vested with the authority to determineif there is probable cause,” he said. “The fiscal ruled that the presence ofthese people was incidental to the commission of the crime. The fact remainsthat a crime was committed,” he added. (With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – The Philippine Armywill be relentless in the campaign to end local communist armed conflict inNegros Island. Pancito said the dismissal of thecomplaints against the 31 persons did not weaken the cases filed against them.
RECENTLY appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, was given all assurance by staff members at the entity, that he will receive their fullest support. It was Ramson’s first meeting with his staff yesterday, following which he was given a tour of the Ministry’s Main Street, Georgetown office by Permanent Secretary, Melissa Tucker.“Ramson received all assurances that the Ministry’s staff stands ready to support him in advancing the development of Culture, Youth and Sport in Guyana,” the Ministry said via a statement on their facebook page. Ramson hinted at some key changes with regards to sports and culture as administered in Guyana, and urged all to get on board.According to new Minister, he’s looking forward to working with the team at the Ministry and thanked them all in advance for their support. (Rawle Toney)