Lights of Bago NEW YEAR SHOW. The 8 th Lights of Bago, a grand musical fireworks display, at the Manuel Y. Torres Sports Complex Sports complex on January 1.*( Patrick Sy photo)

6 killed, 17 injured

Vehicular accidents caused the deaths of six persons, including a neophyte policeman and a year-old infant, in Negros Occidental, shortly before the New Year's eve celebrations, police records show.

Seventeen others also sustained injuries from vehicular accidents in Sipalay and Bacolod cities and Hinigaran town.

A 12-year-old girl, who was missing on Dec. 31, was also found molested and killed by a suspect later arrested by the police in Brgy. Canturay, Sipalay City. moremoremore

54 hurt in blasts

The campaign against the illegal discharge of firearms turned out to be successful with “zero” stray bullet incidents in Negros Occidental, but the number of those victimized by firecracker blasts in the province, except in Bacolod City, increased, compared to the previous year, police records show.

Supt. Rhea Santos, Public Information Officer of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that they recorded 40 firecracker-related incidents in the province.

Last year, NOPPO recorded only 16 blast injuries.moremoremore


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dies of mauling in Dumaguete

A 17-year -old suspect, one of four males who allegedly mauled an American national in Dumaguete City last week who died later, has executed an extrajudicial confession in the presence of his legal counsel and a guardian.

Insp. Blas Alpeche, who heads the investigation section of the Dumaguete City police, yesterday confirmed this but declined to give further details to avoid compromising the investigation on the death of American photo-journalist Phil Prins.

He added that another witness, a girl, was also summoned over the weekend to execute an affidavit on the death of Prins, a U.S. Army Scout veteran and a journalism teacher at Foundation University in Dumaguete City.moremoremore