The fire at Purok Litsonan, Barangay 36 in Bacolod City, yesterday* ( SGG photo )

Fire hits 41 houses,
30 pigs burned alive

Under dark smoke billowing up around them, residents tried to save their belongings, while cries of children could be heard as firefighters fought to put out the blaze.

That was the scene when fire hit 41 houses behind the famous “Lechonan Country” at Araneta Street in Purok Litsonan, Barangay 36 in Bacolod City, at about 11:12 a.m. yesterday.

A Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection report as of 9 last night showed that 39 houses were destroyed and two were damaged. .moremoremore

Mayoral bets push agenda,
exchange barbs at debate

The three candidates for mayor of Bacolod City yesterday exchanged barbs and each claimed to be the best option for Bacolod City at the El Gran Debate at the St. John Marie Vianney Hall adjacent to the Bishop's House in Bacolod City yesterday.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said the most important outcome of the activity is not who won or was the best speaker, but the level of frankness, sincerity and respect the bets demonstrated in conveying their plans for the general welfare of the people of Bacolod.

The three mayoralty bets who joined the debate were Wilfredo David, Rep. Evelio Leonardia and Mayor Monico Puentevella. .moremoremore


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Joint sea patrol vs. illegal
fishing in Tañon Strait on

Joint government and private entities have expressed hopes of sustaining anti-illegal fishing campaigns along the Tañon Strait, the country's largest marine protected area, between Cebu and Negros islands, in the Visayas.

“We hope to sustain such concerted efforts to minimize if not totally free Tañon Strait from illegal and destructive fishing activities,” Isabelo Montejo, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 7, said in a press conference recently, a press release from advocacy group, Oceana, disclosed yesterday.

Oceana said that a joint seaborne operation of government has apprehended four commercial fishing vessels engaged in illegal fishing in Tañon Strait, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31, 2015. moremoremore