MERGE The spectacular “Lights of Bago” in Bago City drew thousands of spectators Tuesday night.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

A bloody 2019 start

Eight persons died, while an Army soldier was injured in a series of violent incidents and vehicular accidents on December 31 and January 1, in Negros Occidental, police records yesterday showed.

A pedestrian identified as Erlo Mahinay was declared dead on arrival at the Vicente Gustilo Memorial District Hospital, after he was bumped by a motorcycle driven by Hilbert Lomocso on December 31 in Brgy. Balintawak, Escalante City, Negros Occidental.

Lomocso, who is now being treated for his injuries at a hospital, was reported to have been under the influence of liquor, when the accident took place, the police said. moremoremore

Firecracker injuries, too

There were no indiscriminate firing or stray bullet incidents in Negros Occidental during the Christmas Day and New Year’s eve celebrations in Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday.

But the police recorded 21 victims of firecracker-related accidents in Negros Occidental, and eight more in Bacolod City, during the New Year’s eve celebration.

Incidents of firecracker-related injuries were reported in Talisay, Silay, Bago, Cadiz, Victorias and San Carlos cities, as well as in Murcia and Binalbagan towns, all in Negros Occidental. moremoremore


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Bacolod BOSS starts today

The Bacolod City business one-stop-shop (BOSS) permits processing system for the renewal of business permits will start today until January 20 at the Bacolod Government Center, Stela Rose Rayos, Permits and Licensing Division head, said.

Rayos said taxpayers who pay within this period can avail of a 10 percent discount. If the renewal period is not extended after January 20, they will be charged 25 percent as penalty.

The processing of business permits this year will be faster because they are now fully automated and have made the procedure easier, she said.