MERGE PANAAD. The candidates for this year’s Lin-ay sang Negros 25th Anniversary pageant.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Residents evacuate,
classes suspended

Mayor Richard Jaojoco yesterday suspended classes in 10 schools in Toboso, Negros Occidental, to ensure the safety of students after armed skirmishes between Army soldiers and suspected New People’s Army rebels in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, Thursday night triggered the evacuation of more than 600 individuals.

Lt. Col. Emelito Thaddeus Logan, 79th Infantry Battalion commander, said yesterday that 79IB soldiers responded to reports about the presence of suspected NPA rebels in Sitio Fuentes, Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City.

Logan said a running gunbattle lasted for almost 10 minutes and the rebels scampered in various directions, while none of the soldiers were hit. moremoremore

Bacoleña gets life for shabu sale

A 42-year-old Bacoleña was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the sale of shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P200.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Ma. Theresa Cornelio Mendoza, alias Otay, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the sale of .041 gram of shabu in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and also ordered her to pay a fine of P500,000.

Mendoza sold the shabu to PO2 Paul John Canuday at Purok Cadena de Amor, Barangay 29, Bacolod City, in a police buy-bust operation on Sept. 1, 2015. moremoremore


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Stop planting rice, farmers told

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Negros Occidental reminded farmers to stop planting rice as production losses brought by the persisting dry spell continue to mount.

Dina Genzola, OPA supervising agriculturist, said there has been an advisory from the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance since January that farmers should refrain from planting in anticipation of the dry spell.

“They have to follow,” she said, adding that farmers who still have water source can plant alternative crops, such as cash crops and vegetables, for their source of income.