MERGE Acting Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer (center) raises the hands of La Carlota City’s new mayor Dr. Rex Jalando-on and vice mayor David “Junjun” Baga Jr. after they took their oaths before him yesterday.*

PNP: Drug syndicates
employ counter tactics

While they can prevent the entry of illegal drugs at airports and seaports, the drug syndicates are also employing counter tactics, by taking advantage of the vast shorelines of Negros Island, Col. Romeo Baleros, Negros Occidental police director, said yesterday.

We cannot seal the whole island because of its vast shorelines, Baleros admitted, noting also that the entry of illegal drugs is being made through private boats and fishing vessels.

The PNP implemented its Negros Occidental “Shield” Program since last year to secure its borders against the entry of lawless groups and illegal drugs. moremoremore

Thousands face uncertainty

Taal Volcano in Batangas could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned yesterday, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption.

The crater of the volcano exploded to life with towering clouds of ash and jets of red-hot lava on Sunday, forcing those living around the mountain south of Manila to rush to safety.

Many people abandoned livestock and pets as well as homes full of belongings after authorities sounded an alert warning that an "explosive eruption" could come imminently. moremoremore


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DOLE urges employers in WV
to implement salary increase

The Department of Labor and Employment in Region 6 is warning employers in Western Visayas to comply with the new minimum wage, its director, Cyril Ticao, said yesterday.

Ticao said that labor inspectors will be deployed in the region in February to check on the compliance of employers and business establishments on the implementation of the salary increase, ranging from P15 to P30.

“For now, we have not received any complaint on the non-compliance of employers from the employees,” he said.