MERGE Debris caused by the landslide along the Ecotranslink Highway near Kilometer 74 in San Carlos City had been cleared as of 7 last night, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported* (Joe Alingasa/CDRRMO photo)


Landslide, floods hit
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Thousands of passengers, including those in Negros Island, were stranded yesterday with the cancellation of air, sea and bus travel due to Typhoon Ompong.

Classes in six towns – Toboso, Moises Padilla, Hinoba-an, Cauayan, EB Magalona and Ilog – were also suspended yesterday, Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Portia Mallorca said.

Rain induced a landslide along the Ecotranslink Highway near Kilometer 74 in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental yesterday, with debris covering half of the road, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office reported. moremoremore


Kalaw apologizes for boxing
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

After the boxing incident at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday, Bacolod Councilor Claudio Puentevella made a public apology to the people of Bacolod City and to his colleagues at the City Council during a press conference yesterday.

Puentevella was excluded by the Sangguniang Panlungsod from attending the session Wednesday after he punched Ramos on the left cheek following a heated argument over the proposed construction of cell no. 2 at the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City.

He said he was provoked because Ramos shouted at him and said he is never known to be a violent person. He was only protecting his dignity and his right, he said. moremoremore

 

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DOE exec: Illegal LPG canister
refilling stations to be raided
BY MATE ESPINA

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Department of Energy yesterday again issued a warning against illegal refilling stations for LPG canisters in Negros Occidental, and said that raids against two operators will be conducted.

Rey Maleza, chief of the Energy and Industry Management Division of DOE in the Visayas, said they have coordinated with local government units and local enforcers on the conduct of the raids which, he said, are already imperative to prevent accidents.

Maleza said their recent raids in Cebu netted 60 apprehensions and the operation against illegal stations will continue.