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City security forces
gird forbomb, terror threats

The readinessof the security and rescue forces of Bacolod City in responding to terror threats, as well as the reaction of the public were tested yesterday, during a series of bombing scenarios at the old city hall and the Bacolod Government Center.

An improvised bomb in a pile of empty tires was blown up at around 9 a.m. in front of the old city hall. Vendors and customers at the downtown area were shockedby the loud bang, and many of them went near the “scene of the incident,” to see what was happening.

Minutes later, personnel of Police Station 1, the first responders, arrived, cordoned the area, and prevented spectators from coming near the building. moremoremore

30% of buildings
quake vulnerable

The old Bacolod City Hall is one of the structures in Bacolod City that could be vulnerable if an earthquake strikes, executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas, cluster head of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said yesterday.

Vargassaid that about 30 percent of the commercial buildings in Bacolod City, which are 15 years old and above, could be threatened if an earthquake of more than magnitude 6 hits the city.

He will meet with the City Engineer's Office to get their report and determine if they have implemented interventions on these buildings in case of an earthquake, Vargas said.

He also said they will review if there is a need to conduct another earthquake drill at the Bacolod City Government Center. moremoremore


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NegOr cops ordered to keep
Watch against ‘NPA attacks'

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental has directed police chiefs to be vigilant against possible atrocities by the New People's Army rebels.

Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, acting provincial police director, yesterday said he has directed all police stations to be always on the alert and not let their guards down in the wake of recent clashes between Army soldiers and suspected NPA terrorists in the province.

In fact, he said policemen on duty can be seen carrying their short and long firearms as well..