MERGE The suspect, Ray Jan Carmelotes, at the custodial facility of Station 9 in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City, was reading the Bible and praying that the minor he stabbed would survive.* (Jinn Siatita photo)

Mayor sets total ban
on Chinese vessels
Vietnamese ship crew barred from disembarking

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia last night issued an executive order imposing a total ban on the entry of all vessels coming from China, Hong Kong and Macau at any Bacolod seaport effective immediately to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

The virus has killed more than 2,600 people and infected over 77,000 others in China. In the rest of the world, there have been more than 40 deaths and 2,700 cases, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday.

Bacolod and Negros Occidental remain COVID-19 free. moremoremore

Jobless man kills
junior high student

A Grade 10 junior high student died when a jobless man, suspected to be under the influence of illegal drugs, stabbed him several times in front of the VMA Global College in Purok San Sebastian, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City, at about 11:50 a.m. yesterday, the police said.

Alexis Genise, 16, of Barangay Sum-ag, had just gone out from the school for lunch break, when the incident happened.

P/Lt. Jonito Pastrana, Station 9 chief, said the minor sustained initially seven stab wounds. He was brought to the South Bacolod General Hospital but died yesterday afternoon. moremoremore


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Hog death in Cebu due
to respiratory disease

Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena allayed fears that the African swine fever has reached the Visayas following a hog death in Cebu.

Decena stressed yesterday that he talked to the provincial veterinarian of Cebu and they confirmed that the samples sent to the Bureau of Animal Industry tested negative of the ASF virus.

He said the lone fatality was caused by a respiratory disease.