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4 soldiers killed in Davao clash show signs of torture, military DAVAO C i t y – – T h e here on Thursday. shows that the victims autopsy report for the were“Ittortured before they were four soldiers killed by brutally killed. One of them was communist rebels in even stabbed in the neck,” said Jake Obligado, commander Paquibato district last Major of the Civil Military Operation November 4 showed the (CMO) Battalion of the 10th victims’ bodies bore Infantry Division, who presented autopsy report during a press torture marks plus stab the briefing here. and gunshot wounds, a Obligado said the report is to military official bared show that the four members of

the 60th Infantry Battalion’s Peace and Development Team were tortured first before they were murdered by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, who claimed the soldiers were killed in a legitimate encounter. In a statement, the NPA cited that the four were killed when they “fought it out” against the members of the 1st PBC-NPA who mounted a check point in Purok 5, Barko-Barko, Mapula,

Paquibato district. The same statement even claimed that three .45 caliber pistols were also confiscated by the NPA from the soldiers in the incident, including a 7.45 limited with serial number 974502), a Colt .45 with serial number 184419, and a Norimco .45 (SN: 4234).” Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th ID, dared the NPA to produce the alleged recovered firearms as proof that

the slain soldiers were armed during the incident. Besides that, even if the soldiers were armed at the time, they had still no capability to fight since they were on board motorcycles, Paniza said. “We condemn this barbaric act of the notorious New People’s Army that massacred four of our men without considering that they were non-combatants at the time,” Paniza said in a statement.

City exec orders control of pyrotechnic products Z AMB OANGA City–– Mayor Celso Lobregat has ordered regulating, controlling and limiting the pyrotechnics allowed to be used, sold and distributed in this southern port city by licensed dealers. Citing provisions of Republic Acts 7183 and 7160, his executive order 481-2012 strictly prohibits the use, sale and distribution of firecrackers, such as but not limited to piccolo, triangulo, super lolo, watusi, el Diablo, Judah’s belt and whistle devise among others. Only sparklers, luces, fountain, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, Roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, butterfly, all kinds of pyrotechnics (pailaw), baby rocket, sky rocket (kwitis) and other types equivalent to the foregoing are allowed to be used, sold and or distributed in the city by duly licensed dealers. Lobregat also said that only those persons/entities duly authorized by Mayor/ business permits to distribute and/or sell pyrotechnic devices are permitted to distribute and sell such product in this city and such distribution and sale shall be limited to their registered place of business. Licensed dealers are prohibited from keeping in their stores quantities of pyrotechnic devices in excess of combined total of 50 kilograms. The rest of the stock shall be kept in the warehouse from which replenishment shall be withdrawn from time to time as the need arises, according to Lobregat. Importation of finished pyrotechnic devices is likewise prohibited. “Imported firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices found in the market and in stores of licensed dealers shall be deemed illegally

n Licensed dealers are prohibited from keeping in their stores quantities of pyrotechnic devices in excess of combined total of 50 kilograms. manufactured and shall be subject to immediate confiscation,” Lobregat emphasized in his order. The police and military’s Task Force Zamboanga are directed to regularly monitor and determine the quantities and kinds of pyrotechnic devices held in stock by or in the possession of every licensed distributor or dealer. Violation of the executive order, according to Lobregat, shall be dealt with in accordance with section 11 of RA 7183 which specifically states that a fine of not less than P20,000 nor more than P30,000 will be imposed or imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than one year or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the Court to include the revocation and or cancellation of the business permits. RA 7183 is the Act that regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution and us of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics approved on January 30, 1992. Section 12 of act authorizes local chief executives to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations within their respective territorial jurisdiction in conformity with the national standards, rules and regulations in furtherance of public safety, public order and national security.

Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez of the second district of Cagayan de Oro holds the finish product in this candle making, a livelihood training provided by the NLDC to 101 Sendong victims at the Nazareth Gym. Also in photo is Mrs. Fenina Rodriguez, the wife of the congressman who organized the livelihood program.

Two men fired rifle grenade Comelec at town mayor’s compound wants 2013 CAMP Siongco, Maguindanao––Two men riding in tandem on a motorbike fired a rifle grenade near the house of a Sultan Kudarat town mayor Thursday night, police said. No one was injured when the rifle grenade went off at about 7:30 p.m. outside the residential compound of President Quirino Mayor Emilio Salamanca along Malvar Street, Tacurong City. Salamanca is seeking reelection. According to Sr. Supt. Rolen Balquin, Sultan Kudarat police provincial director, no one was killed or injured in the grenade attack but it caused panic among the residents. Responding Army bomb disposal operatives recovered fragments of 40 mm rifle grenade in front of Salamanca’s house.

“Based on our initial probe, it was a pure harassment,” Balquin said, adding that Salamanca has no threats to life prior to the grenade attack. Thursday night’s grenade attack came a day after a hand grenade exploded at the public market of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, about 40 kilometers from Tacurong City. Four persons were wounded in the Esperanza grenade blast in what police authorities believed was triggered by a long standing family feud. The grenade was tossed by two men riding in tandem on a motorbike at the store owned by Rasul Delna that injured him and three others. Balquin said the twin grenade attack was not related.

poll results in 24 hours

IF the Commission on Elections did it in 48 hours in the country’s first automated elections in 2010, the Comelec can even come out with election results in 2013 within 24 hours. ”In 2013, it might be a little faster, perhaps in 24 hours, we would know the winners if the system enhancement we are doing would turn out right,” Brillantes told the Senate RESULTS | page 11

New habitable planet discovered AN international team of astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable

atmosphere could reside, around the nearby star HD 40307, the Carnegie Institute for Science announced Thursday in a statement.

It is one of the three be published in Astronomy new super-Earths found & Astrophysics. around the star that has HD 40307 is a dwarf star three other low-mass planets that is somewhat smaller PLANET | page 4 orbiting it. The study will