MERGE ALL GREEN. The Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod City got a fresh look after the rain* (Andy Alvarez photo)

River water turns black,
mayor blames sugar mill
Manager denies CACI causing pollution

Mayor Jose Benito Alonso said “waste water” from a sugar mill’s dam overflowed again yesterday turning the waters of the Mangala River passing through Pontevedra town in Negros Occidental black .

Alonso said he has lodged numerous complaints against overflows from the Central Azucarera de la Carlota Inc. (CACI) dam in the past and has asked the  Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau to compel the mill to act on the matter.

The mayor said he submitted a position paper to the EMB during a technical conference, and told them to ensure that water pollution will not occur again, noting that fish kill has happened in the past. moremoremore

Ex-mayor surrenders five guns

A former mayor in northern Negros Occidental yesterday surrendered five high-powered firearms to the police, in line with the Oplan Tokhang Kontra Armas of the Philippine National Police.

Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Sagay City police officer-in-charge, said yesterday that the former mayor is one of the 10 licensed gun owners, who surrendered their guns to the police for safekeeping, pending the processing of their expired gun licenses.

Surrendered yesterday to the Sagay City Police Station were two M-16 assault rifles, two 12 gauge shotguns, .30 caliber M-1 carbine and a .38 Colt super pistol. moremoremore


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‘Call center changed my life’


In 2012, Mark Joseph Escora, who was 23 then, used to start his day at about 3 a.m., by helping to deliver bulks of fresh meat to various stalls in a public market in Bacolod City.

After the sun had risen, he transforms into a ‘barker’, calling for passengers to fill the jeepneys passing by the market, until close to midnight. After all the vehicles have gone from the busy market road, he would “rent” a wooden makeshift bed for P10 and sleep at the corner of a commercial establishment adjacent to his “workplace”.

All these Escora went through despite his polio, a disability he had got when he was six months old.