MERGE The Ceres bus being lifted from a ravine where it fell in Barangay Igmayaan, Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental, resulting in four casualties and eight injured* (Vince Guerrero photo)


NDF: Free Ka Frank,
charges trumped up
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The National Democratic Front–Negros condemned the arrest of its spokesperson, Frank Fernandez, and two others, and also denounced what it claimed to be trumped up charges filed against them.

In a statement it issued yesterday, the NDF-Negros also demanded that the government present Fernandez, his wife, Cleofe Lagtapon, and Gee-Ann Perez to their families and legal counsel, and immediately release them on the basis of justice, propriety and humanitarian considerations.

Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo,  303rd Brigade commander, said Fernandez, 71, who is the secretary of Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor, Lagtapon who is ranked number two in the Negros revolutionary movement, and Perez were arrested in Laguna on Sunday by the police and military. moremoremore


Passengers told to pray as bus falls
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

The Ceres bus that fell off a ravine in Barangay Igmayaan, Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental, Monday night has already been retrieved and the four fatalities were identified yesterday.

Dead on the spot were passengers Ireen Flores Alo, of Barangay Banago in Bacolod, Jason Manaba, of Barangay Malanog in Calatrava town, Negros Occidental, Christian Jude Leonida, and mother Rainera Leonida, both of Barangay Tangub in Bacolod.

The eight injured who were brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center and the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital were Jean Layumas of Barangay 6 in San Carlos City; Jude Carlo Dio-an of Barangay Busay in Manapla; Jun Rey Trabajar of Salvador Benedicto; Jun Moyeta of Barangay Mandalagan, Diane Leonida of Barangay Tangub, Romeo Tan Alo of Barangay Banago, the conductor and Jayser Rasonable, the driver of the bus,of Barangay Punta-Taytay, Bacolod City; and another passenger, who has yet to be identified. moremoremore

 

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Sustainable water mgmt MOU inked
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Various stakeholders inked a partnership to push for the implementation of a sustainable water management project in Bacolod City.

Two German non-government organizations, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW) and Sachsen Wasser GmbH (SAWA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bacolod City Water District, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Western Visayas, and the Association of Negros Producers for the creation of Water management Philippines Innovate (WPI), a sustainable water management project for Bacolod City stakeholders.

Their partnership came after water sources in the country dried up due to the dry spell.