ambush A policeman inspects the bullet-riddled vehicle of the sugar planter Norberto Lumayno and his driver at the ambush site in Brgy. Minapasok, Calatrava, yesterday.*
( Romeo Subaldo photo )

Planter, driver killed in
Calatrava ambush

 A sugar planter and his driver died in an ambush yesterday staged by about 15 suspected New People's Army guerillas in Purok Greenhills, Brgy. Minapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

Those killed on the spot were identified by the police as Norberto Lumayno, 67, and his driver, Danilo Braga, 45, residents of Brgys. Minapasok and Marcelo, Calatrava, respectively.

Initial police investigations showed that the victims were on board a white Isuzu D-max pick-up vehicle, when they were ambushed by the armed suspects, who were positioned inside a sugarcane field. . moremoremore

Power rates at
3 coops drop in June

Power rates of the three electric cooperatives in Negros Occidentalwent down this month, with the Central Negros Electric Cooperative having the biggest drop at 60 centavos per kilowatt hour.

The June decrease in the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative is 0.4847 centavos, while the drop in the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative in the south is by P0.0137 per kwh.

Ceneco'sresidential rate for June is ₱9.9095 per kwh, a decrease of ₱0.5967/kWh from last month's ₱10.5062/kwh, SulpicioLagarde Jr., Ceneco general manager, said. moremoremore


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PCG urges cooperation
to safely secure ports

The Philippine Coast Guard yesterday appealed to security providers and other stakeholders at the port in Dumaguete for full cooperation to ensure the safety and security of everyone amidst the terror threat with the ongoing conflict in Marawi City.

This is the first time that the Coast Guard Dumaguete Station, headed by Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho, called for a maritime safety and security forum with concerned agencies and stakeholders. This after Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade recently signed a department order designating the Coast Guard as the lead agency in port security.

The Coast Guard took over the responsibility from the Philippine Ports Authority as an offshoot of President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege by extremist terror groups..