Negros vice mayor cleared on Maute links

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BACOLOD CITY: The Department of National Defense has cleared Vice Mayor Samuel Gavaran of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental of any links with the Maute terror group, his wife Delilah, said over Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod on Friday. She said Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana called her on Thursday night clarifying that her husband is not the same person listed as among the terrorist group’s supporters. Her husband’s namesake is reportedly from Northern Mindanao. Lorenzana also told her he already issued a directive stating that “Samuel A. Gavaran, Vice Mayor of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, is hereby removed from Arrest Order Number 2, dated 5 June 2017.” She said the secretary apologized for the inconvenience the report may have caused their family. The vice mayor became emotional during a radio interview on Wednesday as he denied any links with the group.

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Eugene Y. Adiong

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