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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

Central Visayas police chief wants 2,000 more cops for Negros Oriental

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas tells a Senate panel that he first made this suggestion to Malacañang when he was asked for proposals to stem the killings in the province

MORE POLICE. Brigadier General Debold Sinas asks for additional Philippine National Police personnel to be assigned in Negros Oriental after a spate of killings in the province. Rappler file photo

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

Only 3 cases filed so far vs suspects in Negros Oriental shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Murder charges have been filed in 3 of 11 cases currently being handled by Central Visayas' police office

BULLET HOLES. 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

Groups seek unity, action to help end killings in Negros Island

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Human rights advocates and progressive groups stress the importance of standing in solidarity with victims of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations in Negros Island

LIGHT. The forum at the University of the Philippines Asian Center ends with a candle-lighting ceremony commemorating the victims of the killings in Negros Island on Thursday, August 1. Photo by Pat Echano/Rappler

Monitoring Negros: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

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

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

2 suspects in Negros Oriental police slaying arrested

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The two are arrested at a checkpoint in Ayungon town as part of a weeklong joint operation by the police and military

JOINT OPERATIONS. Brigadier General Debold Sinas (left), Central Visayas' police director tells reporters, says 4 suspected members of the New People's Army were arrested after an 8-day joint police and military operation.  Photo by Rappler/Ryan Macasero

Death comes unprovoked upon Negros Island

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Masked men wearing 'police' shirts killed her husband two days after Christmas last year. ‘It was nothing to them. It was like killing a pig or a stray dog,’ Cedine Isugan says.

INDIGNATION. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of Negros Island killings at a rally in Quezon City on July 27, 2019. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Central Visayas police identify 3 motives in killing of Negros Oriental lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Amid the rising number of killings on Negros Island, Central Visayas' police director asks investigators to refrain from linking all killings to the communist front

MOTIVE. Central Visayas police believe the killing of lawyer Anthony Trinidad could be related to a land dispute, a revenge killing, or linked to cases involving alleged communist-linked personalities. Photo of Negros Oriental Provincial Police

Councilor, ex-mayor, 3 others killed in Negros Oriental

Jul 27, 2019 - 4:06 PM

All of the victims were killed inside their homes, say police. The latest killings bring the number of fatalities in the province to 20 since July 18.

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

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

15 shot dead in Negros Oriental in 1 week

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:41 PM

July 25 was the bloodiest with 7 kills in a single day

Duterte orders probe into murder of lawyer in Negros Oriental

Jul 26, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Malacañang condemns the killing of lawyer Anthony Trinidad

School principal, 2 others killed in Negros Oriental home invasions

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Arthur Bayawa and Ardale Bayawa are shot and killed in their sleep, while Romeo Alipan is killed 45 minutes later in two separate home invasions

Lawyer killed in Negros Oriental ambush

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Lawyer Anthony Trinidad, who was shot dead while on his way from a court hearing, is reportedly on the hit list of an anti-communist group

BULLET HOLES. Lawyer Anthony Trinidad is killed by riding-in-tandem gunman in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. Photo courtesy of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office

Village chief tagged in cops' ambush in Negros Oriental dies

Jul 23, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Barangay Mabato Chief Sunny Caldera died a day after he supposedly drank pesticide

DEAD. Barangay Mabato Chief Sunny Caldera in an interview with local media a day after the ambush of the 4 policemen in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental. Contributed Photo

Duterte orders charges filed vs suspects in Negros Oriental police ambush

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The police are currently looking for one person of interest and 11 other suspects allegedly involved in the ambush

4 Negros Oriental cops were set up for ambush, says regional police chief

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Debold Sinas says the victims, who were intelligence officers, were set up by a contact with links to the New People's Army

SITE INVESTIGATION. Regional police probers check the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental, on July 19, 2019. Contributed Photo

4 policemen killed in Negros Oriental ambush

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) The cops in Ayungon town are on board two motorcycles when they are waylaid and fired upon by an undetermined number of suspects

Human rights advocate shot dead in Negros Oriental

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Police have yet to establish the motive in the killing of 43-year-old Romano Baldoza, a former Negros Oriental coordinator of the human rights group Karapatan

KILLED. A human rights advocate is shot dead in his hometown in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, on July 7. NORPPO Photo

7,000 religious sector, youth members form 'human chain' for coal-free Negros

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 AM

San Carlos Diocese pastoral director Fr. Edwin Laude says the protest against the building of a coal-fired power plant was the 'cause of everybody'

NO TO COAL. Members of the religious sector and the youth form a "human chain" in front of the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Monday, April 22, to oppose the entry of coal-fired power plant in the province. Photo by Marchel Espina

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison

Rights groups question warrants issued by Cebu judge vs Negros 14

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:13 AM

After a fact-finding mission, rights groups question why the search warrant was issued by a court in another province when there are regional trial courts in Negros Oriental

RIGHTS GROUPS UNITE. Photos by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into farmers' killings

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the killings of farmers 'prove the inability' of the government to maintain peace and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes

SLAIN BROTHERS. Wake of brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Natokhang din sa Negros Oriental ang ating konsyensya

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Kakambal ng giyera kontra-droga at giyera laban sa Kaliwa ang pagkamanhid natin

Cops in bloody Negros Oriental operations took victims' money – relatives

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The families of the victims claim the cops executed their kin even after they yielded to authorities. They also note other irregularities in the raids.

BULLET HOLES. Leonora Avelino shows the bullet holes in their bed where her husband Ismael was shot to death during the police operation in their home in Canlaon City on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Christian group condemns bloody police ops in Negros Oriental

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Respecting the rights of the people, even if they are suspected of misdeeds, is a hallmark of a truly democratic society,' the National Council of Churches in the Philippines says

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

Makabayan seeks probe into bloody Negros Oriental police operations

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The lawmakers say the police operations aim to 'sow terror in their communities and deprive the Makabayan bloc of votes in the upcoming elections'

MAKABAYAN BLOC. Representatives Ariel Casilao, Sarah Elago, Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, France Castro, and Arlene Brosas are 6 of the 7-member Makabayan bloc. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rights groups call for independent probe into Negros Oriental killings

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The killings are 'the handiwork of vicious butchers and men in uniform intoxicated by power,' says Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay

Anakpawis partylist stormed in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City to demand justice for the Negros 14 or victims of mass killing in Negros Oriental brought about by the joint police and millitary operations carrying out Oplan Sauron last March 30. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Negros Oriental police chief, 3 others sacked after killing of 14

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) The police chiefs of Canlaon City, and the municipalities of Manjuyod and Santa Catalina have also been relieved as a probe begins

14 killed in police operations in Negros Oriental

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The operations in Canlaon City and the towns of Manjuyod, Sta Catalina, and Mabinay lead to the arrest of at least 15 people alleged to be NPA supporters

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill Negros Oriental board member

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Provincial Board Member Miguel Dungog, president of the Councilors League of Negros Oriental, is shot in the head as he walked to the Silliman University Medical Center from his parked vehicle

KILLED. Negros Oriental Board Member Miguel Dungog is shot dead in Dumaguete City on March 25, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of BM Migs Dungog, CPA

Driver of rented van on his phone before fatal crash in Negros Oriental

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:35 AM

Two survivors say the driver was on his phone moments before their van swerved to the opposite lane and was slammed by a cargo truck

The road crash in Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental on Friday, March 1, has claimed the lives of 6 people including 5 students./Photo courtesy of Zamboanguita Municipal Police Station

Briones wants year-round insurance for all school children

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'We did not lose only the lives of children; we lost so much promise, so much ambition, and so much hope,' says the DepEd secretary during the wake of 5 students who died in an accident in Negros Oriental

HELP CHILDREN. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones visits the wake of 5 students who died in a vehicular accident Saturday, March 1 in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental. Photo by DepEd

7 killed in Negros Oriental road crash

Mar 01, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Six of those killed are students who were on their way home when their public utility van collided with a truck

ROAD ACCIDENT. The road crash in Zamboanguita, Negros Orienta,l on March 1, 2019, killed 6 people, including 5 students. Photo courtesy of Zamboanguita Municipal Police Station

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill radio announcer in Negros Oriental

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Police suspect radio announcer Gabriel 'Kumander Aguila' Alburo was killed over a cockfighting bet but are looking at other motives for the attack as well

6 killed in Negros Oriental police operations

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The provincial police says those killed fought back and resisted arrest

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill police officer in Negros Oriental

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Senior Inspector Porferio Gabuya Jr, deputy police chief of Guihulngan City, is shot dead as he had coffee in an establishment a few meters from the police station

Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport

RISKING DAMAGE. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sends pictures of how the ballot boxes in Guihulngan City were arranged for transport. Photos from Robredo's legal team