MERGE CHAMPION. The 2019 Babaylan Festival over-all winner represented the clustered barangays of Maao, Ilijan, Mailum and Binubuhan in Bago City, Negros Occidental, yesterday. (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Assassins kill bizman,
injure wife near church

A businessman was shot dead while his wife was wounded when a motorcycle-riding gunman opened fire at them in the compound of the Redemptorist Church at B.S. Aquino Drive in Barangay 5, Bacolod City, at about 8:30 last night.

Alex Yao, 57, and wife Maria Theresa, 56, were rushed to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital but the former was declared dead at about 9:30 p.m. by the attending physician, Police Insp. Florentino Abalayan, deputy chief of Station 2, said.

Alex succumbed to three visible gunshot wounds on the left side of his chest and chin, while Maria Theresa was hit on the palm of her left hand, Abalayan said. moremoremore

Binalbagan man
tagged in wife’s slay

A 57-year-old killed his estranged wife Monday in Brgy. San Jose, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, in a case that the police yesterday called “a crime of passion”.

The 55-year-old victim, whose identity is being withheld by the police, succumbed to a fatal stab wound in the chest, and injuries in her arms, Chief Inspector Albert Sy, Binalbagan police chief, said yesterday.

Sy said they were able to arrest the suspect whom he identified as Artemio Inoptico, 57, who is now in jail. moremoremore


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Senator issues warning,
workers calling for unity

Sen. Bam Aquino said Monday he is opposing the importation of sugar, saying it will kill the local sugar industry and lead to the loss of livelihood of thousands of sugar farmers and their families.

All of the country’s farmers should unite against moves to kill Philippine agriculture, Wennie Sancho, General Alliance of Workers Associations secretary general, also said yesterday.

“We call on rice farmers and sugar workers to solidify forces to send a very strong message to government,” he said, adding that a unity forum is being planned for the first week of March.