DROUGHT Drought-hit rice land in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.*

P10.6M in palay lost
to Hinigaran dry spell

The long dry spell brought on by the El Niño phenomenon has resulted in palay losses of P10,645,253 in Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan said yesterday.

The losses from November to January hit 282.67 has. and affected 302 Hinigaran farmers, he said in a report submitted to Gov. Alfredo Marañon.

The palay lost to the dry spell was estimated at 709.68 metric tons and was set for harvesting this month and in February.moremoremore

Ombudsman sacks
3 Bacolod cops


The Office of the Ombudsman ordered in a joint resolution the dismissal of three policemen of the Bacolod City Police Office for grave misconduct charges.

A 7-page joint resolution penned by Avelino Macamus Jr., Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer, and approved by Cyril Ramos, Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices, found Senior Police Officer 1 Dante Victor Escorpion, and Police Officers 1 Bernard Diaz and Edgar Artajo guilty of an administrative case for grave misconduct.

“If the penalty of dismissal can no longer be served by reason of retirement or resignation, the alternative penalty of fine equivalent to respondents' respective salary for one year shall be imposed, payable to the Office of the Ombudsman, and may be deducted from their retirement or separation benefits and accrued leave credits,” Macamus said.moremoremore


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Dumaguete closes restobar
for failure to secure permits

The Dumaguete City government yesterday shut down the ZanZibar Restaurant and Lounge for alleged failure to comply with requirements for a mayor's permit and a business permit.

City Administrator William Ablong said the seven-day notice to ZanZibar for them to comply with such requirements under the 1997 Omnibus Tax Ordinance of the city government had already lapsed Wednesday, thus the issuance of a closure order.

Task Force SAGARR, headed by retired police officer Eddie Oira, served the closure order at 6 p.m. at the business establishment, but the operator/owner, identified as Loraie A. Rosal was not around to receive it.