MERGE The scene of the bloody shootout in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City yesterday, that was sealed off by the police, causing a lengthy traffic jam* (Shiela Gelera photo)

Hail of bullets kills 3
In hold-upper chase, mayor’s daughter injured

Two suspected robbers were killed in a shootout with operatives of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, in front of Sum-ag National High School in Bacolod City, at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday.

A trisikad driver, hit by a stray bullet, also died, and three others, including the daughter of a town mayor, were injured in a hail of bullets.

About 23 spent shells and slugs of 9MM pistols and M-16 rifles were initially recovered at the crime scene in Purok Nami-Nami I, Barangay Sum-ag. moremoremore

3 meted life sentences
for P500 sale of shabu

Three persons, including a call center agent, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the sale of shabu at the Bacolod Hall of Justice yesterday.

Sentenced by Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of the Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 in two separate decisions were call center agent Genrey Zozobrado Narciso, and his companion Mark Arguilles Hotilloza, and food seller Jose Rodeon Dedoyco.

Hotilloza, who operated out of a pension house, sold illegal drugs for a minimum of P500 to prostitutes and pimps, the court was told. moremoremore


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Rats damage P8.3M in rice
crop in 4 Negros LGUs: OPA


About 700 hectares of rice in four local government units of Negros Occidental were infested by rats that brought losses estimated at P8,376,576.90, records from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist showed yesterday.

Monitoring by OPA since July showed that the cities of Bago and Cadiz, and the towns of San Enrique and Valladolid have reported crop damage to 703.66 hectares of rice areas, affecting 507 farmers.

The records also showed that Bago City reported the highest damage due to pests at P6,063,039.90 in 467.24 ha of 344 farmers, followed by Valladolid with P1,613,192.40, covering 113 ha of 89 farmers, San Enrique with P473,514.60 covering total area of 112.45 ha of 61 farmers, and Cadiz City with P226,830 covering 10.97 ha and affecting 13 farmers.