MERGE FIRE. Forty-four houses were razed in a dawn fire in Sitio Canday-ong, Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City, yesterday.* (Rene Genove photo)

Palace to probe claim
Espenido on drug list

Malacañang yesterday said it will validate reports that the name of Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido is allegedly included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug list.

Espenido was recently relieved as the Bacolod City Police Drug Enforcement Unit chief.

“If that is officially received by the Office of the President, the President will investigate,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. moremoremore

No Sinigayan amid COVID-19 scare
All PUIs in Bacolod discharged

Sagay City in Negros Occidental has cancelled its 24th Sinigayan Festival celebration as a deterrent against the spread of COVID-19, even as the last person under investigation (PUI) for the deadly virus in Bacolod City tested negative and was released from hospital solitary confinement yesterday.

The World Health Organization has renamed what was previously known as “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” as COVID-19. It said “co” stands for corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, while “19” is for the year the outbreak was first identified on December 31.

Sagay Mayor Alfredo Marañon III issued an executive order yesterday cancelling the Sinigayan Festival set March 14 to 19, pointing out that Health Secretary Francisco Duque, in an advisory urged against organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees to prevent the spread of COVID-19. moremoremore


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WV poverty incidence drops to 16.4%

The numbers of people living below the poverty line in Western Visayas has dropped to 16.4 percent in 2018 from 22.4 percent in 2015, an official of the National Economic and Development Authority said recently.

Ro-ann Bacal, regional director of NEDA Region 6, said 567,200 individuals from Western Visayas were emancipated from poverty, from 1,839,300 people living below the poverty line in 2015 to 1,272,100 in 2018.

“The decrease in poverty incidence in all provinces in the region indicates that economic growth trickled down to lower-income families and that government programs and projects are collectively helping bridge the gap between the rich and the poor,” she said.