MERGE Parishioners and the youth form a “human chain” in front of the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental yesterday morning, to oppose the entry of coal-fired power plant in the province* (MPE photo)

Councilor shot dead

Human rights defender-turned Councilor Bernardino “Toto” Patigas Sr. was shot and killed yesterday by an unidentified gunman in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, police said.

Patigas, 72, who is seeking re-election as councilor of Escalante City, was on his way home on board a motorcycle when he was shot by an unidentified person wearing a bonnet, who fled on board a grey Rusi motorcycle.

P/Maj. Edison Garcia, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said last night that Patigas succumbed to gunshot wounds. moremoremore

TFM leader killed, too

Police probers are looking into land conflict and personal grudges as among the motives behind the killing of a Task Force Mapalad leader on Black Saturday in Purok Riverside, Brgy. 2 poblacion in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

The victim, identified by the Sagay police as Welter Balayo, 51, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds. His lifeless body was found by a certain Melchor de Asis.

Recovered from the scene of incident were seven fired cartridges of a 9mm pistol, an empty shell of a .45 caliber pistol, and two deformed slugs. moremoremore


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P472.73M in agri losses in NegOcc

The ongoing dry spell has left P472.73 million worth of production losses to farmers in Negros Occidental.

As of yesterday, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported that the damage to 2,953 hectares of farmlands in 20 localities in the province has affected 3,586 farmers and left P79.46 million in damage.

Based on the latest report, Salvador Benedicto town incurred the most damage to crops with P9.80 million worth of production losses. The dry spell affected 386 hectares of rice farmlands and 430 farmers from seven barangays.