MERGE PDEA seizes about P5.4 million worth of shabu from five arrested suspects at a subdivision in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.*

Brgy head, school officials,
among 7 killed in Oriental

Violence appears to be further escalating in Negros Oriental with two officials of the Department of Education and a barangay captain separately killed yesterday by two groups of armed men in Guihulngan City, in less than an hour.

Four more killings were also reported in other parts of Negros Oriental yesterday bringing the number of fatalities in one day to seven.

The killings took place two days after motorcycle riding suspects also shot and killed lawyer Anthony Trinidad in Guihulngan City. His wife was injured in the shooting incident. moremoremore

‘Let Church bells ring
until killings stop’

Let the Church bells ring until the killings stop, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza called following seven more murders in Negros Oriental yesterday.

“In anger and in a call for justice, in a spirit of communion and in a collective prayer, we exhort our parishes, mission stations and religious houses to ring our church bells every 8 p.m. starting Sunday until the killings stop,” the bishop said in a pastoral letter.

“Let the tolling of bells remind us that the senseless killings are inhuman. Let the tolling of the church bells call us to a collective prayer, for us to beg God to touch the hearts of perpetrators, as we call on responsible government agencies to effectively address the series of deaths,” he said. moremoremore


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13,000 farmers in Negros Occ
get P64M in indemnity claims

About 13,000 farmers in Negros Occidental received P64 million in indemnity claims from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday.

The insurance claims covered January 1 to June this year, during the dry spell period, Masculino said.

The dry spell damage reached P490.44 million, and affected 4,283 farmers and fisherfolk, and 3,384 hectares. The sugarcane sector was the hardest hit with P366.18 million worth of production losses, followed by the rice sector with P124.26 million in damages.