Shooter's Aide Pleads 'Not Guilty'
IMUS, Cavite - John Paul M. Lopez Jr., the alleged aide of slain random shooter Ronald B. Bae, pleaded "not guilty" to murder charges at his arraignment yesterday at a regional trial court (RTC) here. Lopez, 27, made the plea as the seven counts of murder, 11 counts of frustrated murder, three counts of attempted murder, and a violation of Republic Act 9165 (anti-drug law) were read out by the clerk of court before RTC Branch 22 Judge Gloria Butay Aglugub. Lopez is being charged as an accomplice of the drug-crazed Bae when he went on a shooting rampage that killed seven people in Barangay Tabon I, Kawit, this province, last January 4. (Anthony Giron)
CAMP DELA CRUZ, Isabela - Government troops seized high-powered firearms, various communication equipment, and subversive documents at the site of their encounter with the New People's Army (NPA) in Barangay Cayapa, Lagangilang, Abra last week, the military reported yesterday. The team from the 41st Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt. Ronnel E. Legarde were engaged in battle by some 30 armed NPA rebels under the Kilusang Larangang Guerilla (KLG) North at 9:45 a.m. last January 30 when they proceeded to the area to verify complaints of extortion. There were no casualties in the clash which lasted three hours and ended in the rebels' retreat. (Freddie G. Lazaro)
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan - Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado was conferred the Knight Grand Officer of Rizal title at the "Day of Prayer" gathering at the Capitol Gymnasium, here, yesterday. For emulating and practicing the legacy of national hero Gat Jose Rizal, the Knights of Rizal conferred on Alvarado the rank of "Knight Commander of Rizal" or "Knight Grand Officer of Rizal" and as such will now carry the title Sir Wilhelmino M. …