flood The flooded area at Robinson's Place Bacolod that stalled traffic for hours Saturday afternoon.* ( Kristine Tan photo )

Floods hit Bacolod,
mayor taking action

Heavy rain coupled with the onset of high tide flooded many areas in Bacolod City and forced some residents to evacuate to higher ground Saturday.

The heavy downpour also caused flooding in several major streets of the city that stalled traffic and left many angry commuters stranded for hours.

Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Aaron Bais yesterday said the water level in low lying areas in several barangays of the city reached almost two meters high. moremoremore

25 women trekkers rescued

Twenty-five women mountaineers from various parts of the country, one of whom was injured, were rescued from Tinagong Dagat in the mountains of Barangay Campuestohan, Talisay City, and finally brought to safety at 8:30 a.m. yesterday after a 15-hour operation made treacherous by heavy rain, slippery terrain, and zero visibility.

Injured was Noreen Grace Cañasa, 33, of Cebu City, who slipped on a stone and suffered a fractured tibia above her left ankle, Geoffrey Gutierrez, Talisay City Rescue and Disaster Assistance Network (Radiant) incident commander, said.

Gutierrez said the rescued women, who are experienced climbers, are members of the Philippine Women's Mountaineers who sought help after Cañasa was injured, making it difficult for them to make the return trek. moremoremore


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Mayor denies link to drugs

Neophyte Mayor Fritz Diaz of Siaton, Negros Oriental, denied that he is into the illegal drugs trade.

He said he was informed that his name is included in the second “narco list” that will be made public by President Rodrigo Duterte soon, and this prompted him to verify with the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office recently if indeed, he was on the list.

He said he found out that an anonymous letter-writer made untruthful reports about his business to Duterte, the PNP, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Bureau of Customs, and other government agencies...