FIRE Kanlaon Volcano spewing ash accompanied by fiery rocks (left) and at right fire rages near its crater last night* (PENRO photo)

Gov't racing to put out
fire at Kanlaon Volcano

Government authorities were working against time yesterday to put out a grassfire near the crater of Kanlaon Volcano before it hits the forest four kilometers away, Negros Occidental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Andres Untal said.

The fire was believed to have been triggered by the fiery stones and other incandescent materials spewed by the volcano Tuesday night, that hit parched grass lands, Untal said.

Untal said a long column of grass fire was raging at the upper Mansalanao, Cabagnaan and Biak na Bato portion of the volcano in La Castellana, Negros Occidental.moremoremore

Comelec chair reshuffles
Neg. Occ. election officers

Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista has directed 26 of 32 election officers in Negros Occidental to assume new posts effective tomorrow.

In a memorandum released to the media yesterday, Bautista said the temporary reassignment of elections officers is part of the ongoing Comelec reshuffling to promote impartiality in the upcoming elections.

Of the 32 election officers in Negros Occidental the six who did not get new assignments were Mavil Majarucon-Sia who will remain in Bacolod City, Angeles Revalez – Cadiz City, Agnes Roullo – Calatrava, Lourdes Aurelio – Hinobaan, Regie Rose Ilustre – Isabela, and Adrian Arellano – Sipalay City. .moremoremore


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Cops seize 3 guns,
P160,000 in ‘shabu'

Police seized three guns and suspected shabu, worth more than P160,000 in Dumaguete City and Pamplona town, Negros Oriental, Tuesday and yesterday.

In police reports sent to the DAILY STAR, records show that a service of search warrants in Pamplona at about 3 a.m. yesterday resulted in the recovery of a .38 caliber revolver, one live ammunition of an M-2O3 and two live ammos of a 357 caliber revolver, an improvised shotgun or “sulpak”, one ammunition for a 12 gauge shotgun, one 38 Smith and Wesson caliber revolver, and one live ammo for a 357 caliber revolver.moremoremore