ACCIDENT The Toyota Fortuner after it was hit by the toppled mahogany tree* ( DYEZ Aksyon Radyo photo )

Fun ends in tragedy:
Councilor's son dies

What was to be a fun outing for the family of a Pototan, Iloilo, councilor ended in tragedy Saturday.

Ken Marion Peñaflorida, 7, died, and his mother Maureen Peñaflorida, 35, was injured when a centuries old Mahogany tree toppled by strong winds hit the front windshield of their Toyota Fortuner in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City, at about 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, Police Station 5 commander, said yesterday.

The 7-year-old was sitting on the lap of his mother in the front passenger seat in the vehicle driven by his father, Councilor Kent Roger Peñaflorida, 34, Gabana said. .moremoremore

Alleged CPP-NPA
leader nabbed

An alleged former secretary of the Larangan Gerilya 2 of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros was apprehended Saturday by combined police and military intelligence operatives in Brgy. 12, Bacolod City, for murder charges.

Capt. Ruel Llanes, 303rd Infantry Brigade spokesman, yesterday identified the arrested suspect as Isidro Castillo, alias Gesnar.

Authorities alleged that Castillo is a member of the Regional Urban White Area Committee of KR-Negros, and spokesperson of the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NFSW). .moremoremore


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P76M allotted for Region 6
farmers affected by storms

ILOILO CITY - The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation 6 has allotted P76 million to indemnify farmers affected by three storms that consecutively hit different areas in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, in the last weeks of December until first week of January.

PCIC-6 OIC-regional manager Eva Ulie Laud said the storms Urduja, Vinta and Agaton have damaged a total of 11,054 hectares of land of 12,600 farmers in the region.

She said P51 million was allotted to compensate 7,966 farmers in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, with a total 7,054 hectares damaged by tropical depressions Urduja and Vinta..