tornado The covered court in Barangay 1-A, Manapla, after the tornado ripped off its roof.*
( Alejandro Malijoc photo )

Tornado slams 86 houses,
leaves 4 injured in Manapla
Roofs of church, covered court, office ripped off


A whirlpool tornado slammed into 86 houses, ripped off the roofs of a covered court, church and office, and left 4 residents with minor injuries in Barangay 1-A, Manapla town in Negros Occidental, at 12:40 a.m. yesterday.

Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante said they gave rice to affected families,and that assistance for rebuilding of destroyed and damaged houses will also be given.

Alejandro Malijoc, Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, said he was at the Manaplaagriculture office when he saw a violently rotating column of air approaching and slam into houses in SitioNahulog, Brgy 1 A. moremoremore

Ten patrol cars withdrawn, procurement irregular: CLO

The Bacolod City government recalled Monday the 10 brand new Mitsubishi patrol cars purchased by the previous administration for inventory and inspection purposes after its supplier demanded for payment of the vehicles amounting to P8.5 million.

General Services Officer Jerome Solinap requested Bacolod City Police director Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo to turnover 10 new patrol cars to the city upon the advice of executive assistant Jose Maria Vargas to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Aaron Bais.

Bacolod City Legal Officer JoselitoBayatan yesterday said they are in the process of reviewing the procurement process of the previous administration since they have found many defects, like the manner of making short-cuts, which may signify that they have no knowledge of the procurement process or had other purposes. moremoremore


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CHR laments ‘indifference'
to drug-related killings

An official of the Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental has lamented what he perceives as a seemingly indifferent public mentality on drug-related killings in the province.

CHR provincial chief and special investigator, Jess Cañete, yesterday stressed that only two of the 15 drug-related cases that his office is investigating are moving forward.

These are the one in Guihulngan City, where a four-year old girl was gunned down along with her father, a suspected drug pusher, during a police operation, and that of a 14-year old boy in Bayawan City, who was hit by a stray bullet when two suspects fired at an alleged drug personality...