MERGE The rescued pumpboat passengers being brought to safety.* (Ronald Villar photo)

17 rescued in Sagay

Seventeen passengers, including six children, a person with disability and a senior citizen, were rescued at sea when the pumpboat they were on capsized after it was hit by big waves within the Sagay Marine Reserve in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, at 2 p.m. yesterday.

The passengers and two persons manning the boat that capsized amid foul weather were immediately brought to the Sagay City Health Office. No one was injured, Helen Cutillar, Sagay City information and tourism officer, said.

The 15 passengers from Murcia and Talisay City, Negros Occidental, who had departed from the Old Sagay Port were on their way to Carbin Reef for a family get-together, she said. moremoremore

Lawyer shot, fighting for life

A Dumaguete lawyer is fighting for his life after an assassination attempt at his residence in Purok Kalubihan Daro, Dumaguete City, at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

Lawyer Rey Moncada, 74, married, sustained several gunshot wounds in his abdomen and is in critical condition at the Silliman University Medical Center Foundation in Dumaguete.

Initial investigation showed that Moncada went out of the house to see who rang the bell at the gate, only to be shot by still unidentified suspect/s. moremoremore


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DA 6 bent on attaining food
security, rice sufficiency

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas has a favorable outlook in the agriculture sector of the region, regional director, Remelyn Recoter, said yesterday.

She said that, in line with DA’s priority programs, the agency is bent on achieving food security and rice sufficiency in the region this year.

The provinces of Iloilo and Antique have more rice production, “Their rice sufficiency rate is more than 150 percent,” she said.