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Four policemen and a village worker were hurt when leftist rebels ambushed them in Agusan del Sur province yesterday, the military said today.
The wounded included a town police chief with the rank of major after some 50 New People's Army rebels opened fire at a barangay in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, said Noli Kanashiro, spokesperson of the Army's 4th Infantry Division.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conferred the 2009 Most Child-Friendly City award to Tagum City. DSWD Regional Director Esther Versoza who handed over the award to Mayor Rey Uy, said the award was a reign of governance in the protection of the rights of children.
"Indeed, TagumeƱos have succeeded once again in its making as the top among the LGU of the region," she stated.
The child-friendly city award is given to LGUs that support continuously the promotion of children's rights to survival, development, protection, and participation.
"On behalf of the RSWC (Regional Staff Working Committee for the welfare of children), I being the chairperson, I am proud of the efforts of Tagum City in efficiently performing and providing services to the vulnerable, risky, and disadvantaged children," said Versoza. 

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—A municipal councilor of Sarangani in Davao Del Sur was killed during an attack by unidentified gunmen here Wednesday evening.
Senior Police Officer 1 Rex Diongon, investigator of the Makar police precinct, identified the victim as Meliton Bansalao, 58, who had a house in Barangay (village) Sinawal here.
Diongon said Bansalao was fixing his motorcycle outside his house when one of two assailants who arrived on a motorcycle around 6 p.m. shot him.

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