One of the slain soldiers in the encounter in Himamaylan City yesterday*
killed, 4 injured
in Himamaylan encounter
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Three Army soldiers, including a young officer, died
while four others
were injured in an encounter with suspected New People’s
in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.
Soldiers of the 94th Infantry Battalion were conducting a security patrol, in connection with the distribution of Social Amelioration Program cash grants to beneficiaries, when they encountered suspected NPA rebels at about 10 a.m. yesterday in SitioTugas, Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City.
Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that about 30 minutes of firefight ensued after the NPA rebels set off an improvised explosive device (IED) and lobbed grenades at the Army soldiers.
66 Negrenses return to Negros
but 1,041 more begging for help
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Sixty-six Negrenses stranded in Cebu and Panay following the
of borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
returned to Negros Occidental Saturday, while as of yesterday, 1,041
more were seeking help to return to the province, Zeaphard Caelian,
head of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, said.
Former Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Negros Occidental Provincial Incident Management Team consultant, Saturday assured the stranded Negrenses that the provincial government will try to bring them back to Negros Occidental as soon as possible.
He noted that some of the stranded Negrenses are asking for mercy flights to return to the province.
Free electricity for 46K
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Some 46,000 households
consume 50 kilowatts of electricity or lower will no longer pay
bills for April, the Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. announced
over the weekend.
Jose Taniongon, Ceneco general manager, said this is part of the “Pantawid Liwanag” subsidy to lifeline consumers with 50 kWh and below consumption this month.
He said that 46,000 consumers from the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, and Bago, and the municipalities of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto will benefit from the program.