MERGE San Enrique residents search for their belongings after the tornado hit yesterday* (San Enrique DRRM photo)

San Enrique tornado
slams houses, ricemill
Double-headed snake found, too

A tornado hit 20 houses and ripped off part of the roof of a community rice mill in San Enrique, Negros Occidental, yesterday afternoon, Mayor Jilson Tubillara said.

Tubillara said that at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday,a strong wind was seen building up in Barangay Baliwagan that later turned into a tornado.

First hit by the tornado was Barangay Tabao Rizal where one house was destroyed and three were damaged, he said. moremoremore

Driver using phone
before fatal crash

The van-for-hire driver was using his cellphone before figuring in a car crash in Barangay Mayabon in Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental on March 1, that claimed the lives of six people including five high school students.

Charges for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicides and multiple physical injuries were filed against van-for-hire driver Jaypee Sarad, 29, of Dauin town on March 2 before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Dumaguete City.

Based on the accounts of the two survivors, the suspect answered his cellphone while overtaking the vehicle he was trailing, Police Master Sergeant Janice Eluna, case investigator of Zamboanguita Municipal Police Station said. moremoremore


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Rice, sugar stakeholders
to hold forum, form group

More than 15 rice and sugar cooperatives, labor unions and civil societies will hold a unity forum 9-11 a.m. tomorrow at Gerald’s Restobar in Bacolod City, to reiterate their opposition to the rice tariffication law and the proposed sugar import liberalization.

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Association, said that small and marginal farmers in the rice industry feel that their livelihood is at risk with the passage of the rice tariffication law.

The rice tariffication measure was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 15 to improve the availability of rice in the country, prevent artificial rice shortage, reduce the prices of rice in the market, and curtail the prevalence of corruption and cartel domination in the rice industry.