FIREWORKS The public will once again be treated to a grand fireworks show at the Bacolod Government Center to usher in the New Year on Saturday* ( Bob Lacson photo )

5 NIR towns ban
firecracker sale

The sale of firecrackers has been barred by local officials in five towns in the Negros Island Region, as the government steps up its campaign for the use of safe noise makers and the holding of community fireworks displays, instead, to usher in the New Year.

Moises Padilla and Pulupandan in Negros Occidental, headed by father and son mayors Magdaleno and Miguel Peña, respectively have banned the sale and use of firecrackers in their towns. They instead celebrate the countdown to New Year with parlor games and fireworks at their town plazas.

San Enrique in Negros Occidental, and Bacong and Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental also have not granted permits to sell firecrackers in their towns, Fred Trajeras Jr., officer-in-charge of the NIR Bureau of Fire Protection, said yesterday. moremoremore

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Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday assured the business community and the public that the Christmas Day killing in Bacolod City was an isolated case.

“It may have alarmed us but it should not discourage us. It is unfortunate that it happened, that is why we are implementing preventive measures to prevent a similar incident from happening again,” he said.

Chinese businessman Wu Changle, 26, and security guard Jilbert Mayang were shot dead by an unidentified man armed with an M-16 assault rifle who stole P1 million from JDS Mindoro Enterprises Corp. at Locsin Street in Bacolod City Sunday. . moremoremore


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Sinulog parade next year
to be shorter, safer – dad

The Cebu City government has shortened the 2017 Sinulog Grand Parade carousel route, from six to four kilometers, on January 17, an official said.

Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak, who has been assigned by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña to oversee the Sinulog Festival, said they intend to finish the parade by 4 p.m. It will start at 9 a.m.

Tumulak, who also chairs the Cebu City Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Peace and Order, said there will also be separate assembly areas for contingents of the street dancing, float, puppeteer and ‘higante' competitions..