MERGE The Toyota Hi-Ace and the cargo truck that figured in the deadly mishap that killed six persons in Brgy. Mayabon, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, yesterday.* (Zamboanguita PNP photo)

5 students, 3 others die
Nine injured in accidents

Eight people, including five students, died and nine others were injured in two vehicular accidents in Negros Oriental and Occidental, yesterday.

Six of the eight fatalities died, after the Toyota Hi-Ace van they were riding on collided with a cargo truck coming from the opposite direction, in Brgy. Mayabon, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, yesterday.

Five of the six fatalities in the Zamboanguita accident were identified by the police as Cherry Rose Kadusale and her twin sister, Cherry Ann, both 17 years old, Joshua Busmeon, 18, Kevin Aguilar, 14, and Christian Buenconsejo, 17. moremoremore

‘50,000 expected
at Duterte-led rally’

A crowd of 50,000 is expected at a Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan campaign rally to be led by President Rodrigo Duterte at the Victorias City Coliseum and grounds in Negros Occidental on March 8, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.

Benitez said the coliseum has a 12,000 capacity but a satellite stage will be set up in an open field outside the building to accommodate the expected huge crowd.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he is joining the PDP-Laban rally. moremoremore


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Marañon to lead delegation to forum
in Australia for ‘big’ economic gains

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will lead the Negrense delegation to the Regional Australia-Asia Chamber Forum in Darwin, Australia on May 2-3.

Januario Rivas, Philippine Consul General of Northern Territory, Australia, who was in the province this week, said the governor will deliver a 20-minute keynote speech at the forum that will be attended by 250 businessmen and representatives from chambers of commerce in Australia and across the Asian region, like Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

Rivas said the forum is a “rare opportunity” for the provincial government as it will have a platform for more business opportunities and economic gains. “This is an opportune time to springboard the business matching and look for a counterpart in Asia and Australia,” he added.