HANDUMANAN MassKara Queen 2016 Valerie Escamilla (center) with 2nd runner-up Ancella Denise Anne Pastias, 1st runner-up Maria Angela Clarisse Estioko, 3rd runner-up Erika Joille Patayon and 4th runner-up Pink Eirene Genolos.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

City containing outbreak

Mayor Evelio Leonardia held an emergency meeting yesterday to immediately contain a food and waterborne diseases outbreak in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City.

The Bacolod City Health Office confirmed the outbreak after 145 Handumanan residents, mostly pupils of Handumanan Elementary School 1, were admitted to several Bacolod hospitals due to suspected food poisoning.

As of yesterday, the patients suffering from stomachaches, loose bowel movement and vomiting were admitted to public and private hospitals of Bacolod City, but eleven patients had already been discharged, Dr. Ma Carmela Gensoli, City Health Officer, said. moremoremore

3 from STAR,
14 others NPC, Rotary awardees

The Negros Press Club recognized 17 broadcasters and journalists, including three from the Visayan DAILY STAR, during the 3 rd Negros Press Club Media Excellence and Rotary Club of Bacolod East Media Lifetime Achievement Awards Night at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, Saturday.

Recipients of the first presidential citation were Ninfa Leonardia, editor-in-chief and president of the Visayan DAILY STAR; Pert Toga, publisher of the Negros Daily Bulletin, and Vic Mercado of the Mercado Publiko program over DYRL.

Recipients the NPC Media Excellence Award were Nida Buenafe and Chrysee Samillano of the Visayan DAILY STAR, Angelo Angolo and Barbara Mijares of ABS-CBN, Carla Cañet of Sun Star- Bacolod, Juan Elmer Ubaldo of DYEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod, and Ma. Chona Gociaoco of DYAF Radyo Veritas, while a posthumous award was presented to the family of the late Charlie Pabular of DYEZ Aksyon Radyo - Bacolod. moremoremore


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PDEA urges public to monitor
likely presence of shabu labs

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday warned the public to be wary of the possible presence of shabu laboratories in their areas.

PDEA director general Isidro Lapeña said the move aims to promote public interest, raise awareness of the risks and dangers of shabu laboratories, and seek support in finding these illegal facilities.

The tell-tale signs to look out for that a clandestine shabu laboratory is likely operating in your neighborhood include the presence of large water tanks, thick electrical wires for houses or facilities which should have normal-sized wires, laboratory materials surrounding the properties like empty chemical bottles, drums and other types of chemical containers, specially-constructed chimney or ventilation fan which run for extended hours to get rid of strong odors;.