Warrior The mini-dump truck Canter vehicle figured in a vehicular accident in Brgy. Caningay, Candoni.* ( Nicholas Gustilo Lachica II photo)

Fastcraft travel halted;
couple rescued at sea

The Philippine Coast Guard cancelled travel of fastcrafts, fishing boats and other seacraft below 500 gross tonnage out of Negros Occidental and Iloilo ports at 2 p.m. yesterday due to strong winds and rough seas, Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica, Coast Guard Bacolod Station chief, said.

In Cadiz City and other smaller ports in the province, owners of vessels cancelled operations as early as yesterday morning, he also said.

In Victorias City, Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca said Ernie Bajo, 32, and his wife Mary Rose Bajo, 28, of Sitio Pasil, Barangay 6-A were rescued by the Victorias Rescue Team at noon yesterday.moremoremore

Dry spell losses
rise to P151M


Crop losses from the dry spell hitting southern Negros Occidental rose to P151,908,723 yesterday.

Damage to rice, corn and high value crops hit P52,394,021.30 from last week's P43,818,874, while sugarcane damage in southern Negros Occidental stood at P99,514,702.

Slight rains hit Bacolod City and patches of northern Negros Occidental yesterday brought on by the Northeast Monsoon, but is not an indication of an end to the El Niño phenomenon that is expected to last until May, Isagani Republica of the Provincial Disaster Management Division said. moremoremore


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P.3M ‘shabu', gun recovered

About P308,000 worth of suspected shabu, a gun and a car were seized in two anti-illegal drugs operations involving two cousins in Barangay Combado, Bacong town in Negros Oriental, yesterday.

Arrested during the first operation was Ritchie Viola Tindog, alias “Etching”, while his cousin, Warren, also surnamed Tindog, who lives next door and who was the subject of the second operation, managed to evade arrest, Senior Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, chief of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations Special Task Group of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said.moremoremore