MERGE Farmers in Barangay Mambaruto, Sipalay City, brave the rainy season to plant rice as falling palay prices continue to hound the agriculture sector.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Dengue deaths hit 55

There has been a surge in dengue deaths in Negros Occidental with 10 more reported yesterday, bringing the total to 49 this year.

Six dengue deaths have also been reported in Bacolod City.

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Negros Occidental provincial health officer, said while there has been an increase in the number of deaths, the number of dengue cases has been dropping in recent weeks. moremoremore

Jobless man admits killing
woman in front of police HQ

A Bacolod resident executed yesterday an extra judicial confession that he was the one who shot dead a 25-year-old woman in front of the Bacolod City Police Office headquarters at Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod on August 18.

In his 4-page Extra Judicial Confession, Tyron Barena, 27, of Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, gave his account of the incident when he and his companion, whose name the police withheld pending the filing of charges against him, killed Crystal Faith Jastiva, alias “Ashly Kate Gonzaga”, of Barangay Poblacion in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

Two motorcycle-riding men gunned down Jastiva, who had just gone out of the Metro Bacolod District Jail-Male Dormitory, adjacent to BCPO, after visiting her partner Kirby Andrada, who is detained at the facility for drug charges. moremoremore


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DA, Capitol discuss ways to help
farmers over low price of palay

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is preparing mitigating measures to help affected farmers now that the price of palay or unhusked rice in Negros Occidental has plummeted.

Remelyn Recoter, DA Western Visayas regional director, yesterday met with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to present measures that would help mitigate the impact of the price downtrend.

“We presented options on how the provincial government can help the farmers,” she said.