TRAP Amity personnel rescue Rienhart Redondo, 47, his son, and brother-in-law, both minors who were trapped in a hole in Purok Guanzon, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday*

Negros group launches
campaign for federalism

A private sector group that had campaigned for presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte in Negros Occidental yesterday launched a campaign for a federal form of government and is also gathering inputs on projects to be implemented in the province by the national government.

JV Hinlo, vice president for Visayas of the Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee Movement for Federalism, said they will be the prime movers in support of the Duterte' advocacy for a federal form of government.

They will hold sorties and symposia to educate the people on the concept of federalism, Hinlo said. .moremoremore

Nephew gets
40 years for aunt's murder

The Regional Trial Court Branch 57 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, sentenced David Alegre to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua or 40 years imprisonment after finding him guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the murder of his 54-year-old aunt.

The court also ordered Alegre to pay the heirs of Josefina Cañete-Furber P50,000 as civil indemnity and P50,000 as moral damages, as well as exemplary damages amounting to P30,000.

Rolando Villamor, private prosecutor of the victim's family, said Furber, who was married to a U.S. citizen, had entrusted to Alegre all her properties and had provided him and his siblings assistance for educational expenses.


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Fire victims get P1 million

The Dumaguete City government released almost one million pesos in cash assistance to fire victims in Barangay Looc.

Outgoing Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria distributed the cash assistance to 113 fire victims in his office yesterday, assisted by Looc Barangay Captain Angelita Ragay. He said he would have wanted a bigger amount as financial assistance but the Commission on Audit requirements do not allow such because the maximum amount is only P10,000 for destroyed houses, P5,000 for damaged ones, and P2,500 for sharers or renters.

Unlike when the financial assistance is coming from the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the maximum amount could reach up to P75,000. .moremoremore