MERGE WINNER. Barangay Punta Mesa was the 2019 Manang Pula Festival overall winner in Manapla, Negros Occidental, yesterday* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Woman shot to death
near Bacolod police HQ

Two motorcycle-riding men gunned down a woman in front of the Metro Bacolod District Jail-Male Dormitory at Magsaysay Avenue in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, at about 3 p.m. yesterday.

The victim was initially identified by her kin as Cristal Faith Jastiva, 24, of Bago City in Negros Occidental, but the name on the identification card recovered from her bore the name Ashly Kate Gonzaga.

Police Maj. Charles Gever, Station 8 chief, said yesterday that they will probe the background of the victim to determine her real identity. moremoremore

3 killed, 17 injured in San Carlos

Three women died, while 17 were injured, including three minors, when the truck they were riding on fell into a ravine in Sitio Ilirinan, Brgy. Codcod, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Friday.

The victims, who came from Calatrava after attending a marriage proposal event, were on their way home when the brakes of the Mazda Canter mini-truck driven by Rolando Amaca malfunctioned, the San Carlos reported.

As a result, the vehicle plunged into the ravine and claimed the lives of three of the 20 passengers identified by the police as Jenalyn Lobrido Crapiano and Maricel Sison Lobrido, both 40 years old, and Haydee Cantoy Lobrido, 53, all residents of Brgy. Codcod, San Carlos City, who are all related. moremoremore


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Neg. Occ. mayors urged
to regulate sale of meat

The African Swine Fever Task Force, led by Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, is urging the mayors to regulate the sale of frozen meat in their respective local markets.

The advisory issued recently by the task force called on local chief executives, through their market supervisors, to ensure that none of the meat sold in their public markets are from ASF-affected countries.

The advisory stressed that f rozen meat must be kept during its handling, storage, distribution, and sale and shall be sold from display freezers and/or chest freezers that maintain a temperature of zero degree Celsius or lower.