ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s autocratic leader has established a national holiday to honor the local dog breed. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered the holiday praising the Alabai, the Central Asian shepherd dog, to be celebrated on the last Sunday of April when the ex-Soviet nation also marks the day of the local horse breed, according to Tuesday’s report in the daily Neutral Turkmenistan. The Central Asian nation of 6 million prides itself in horses and dogs, honoring its centuries-old herding traditions. Berdymukhamedov has ruled the gas-rich desert country since 2006 through an all-encompassing personality cult that styles him as Turkmenistan’s “arkadaq,’ or protector.
Concepcion police station chief Major Jonah Galicha said they have yetto identify the suspects who shot dead the 27-year-old resident Ricjo JansenBatica – a caretaker and security guard of Iyang Beach Resorts. Galicha said the investigation was difficult due to the refusal ofBatica’s family to cooperate with the authorities. Batica was once detained in the Concepcion municipal police station forfrustrated homicide and physical injury charges. He was also a newly-identifieddrug suspect, Galicha added. According to police investigators, Batica was inside the resort whentwo unidentified motorcycle-riding men peppered him with bullets around 11:30p.m. on Dec. 5. He was able to run but one of the suspects pursued him and shothim on the neck. Four empty shells of a .45-caliber pistol were recovered from the crimescene, police said. ILOILO City – The police are looking at personal grudge or illegal drugsas the motives behind the killing of a resort caretaker in Barangay Poblacion,Concepcion, Iloilo. “The victim’s family refused to give us information that would help inour investigation. They are uncooperative, but we continue to look for witnessesthat could give us facial features of the suspects,” added Galicha. “We are focusing into two possible angles as to why the victim waskilled, it might be over an old grudge and in relation to illegal drugs. Damo ni siya kaso, may gin sumbag kag maygin buno amo na nakita namon nga record,” Galicha said. Batica has received death threats before the incident, according toreports./PN