FIRE. A young man points to what is left of their home after the fire in Barangay Looc, Dumaguete City, yesterday.* (JFP/PNA photo)
Bacolod is ‘shabulized’
BY SHIELA G. GELERA
Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, head of the Bacolod City Drug Enforcement Unit, who yesterday called Bacolod City “shabulized” for the meantime, sent a 15-day ultimatum for members of organized drug groups operating in Negros Occidental and government workers involved in illegal drugs to surface.
In October last year, President Rodrigo Duterte said that Bacolod was “badly hit” by illegal drugs, and had assigned Espenido, who gained notoriety for leading deadly operations against drug-linked politicians, in Bacolod.
Capitol to accept Taal donations,
Ferrer warns against fake news
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Negros Occidental Acting Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said yesterday that Negrenses who wish to help the Taal Volcano evacuees can drop off their donations at the Capitol in Bacolod City, and at the same time called on netizens to stop spreading fake news that Kanlaon Volcano in Negros is also in a state of unrest.
He stressed that there are no indications of any unusual activity at Mt. Kanlaon, in fact it is on Alert Level 0 (normal). He said netizens should verify information and avoid spreadingfalse news.The Bacolod Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office also warned the public to beware of false information that Bacolod will be affected by the Taal Volcano phreatic eruption, which is unlikely. Beware of false information from unofficial sources, it said.
Noceco power rates down
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Good news for electric consumers in southern Negros. They will pay lower electric bill this month as the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative has dropped its power rates.
Jonas Discaya, general manager of Noceco, said the new residential rate for this month is P10.3451 per kilowatt hour (kWh), which is P.5418 lower than last month’s rate of P10.8869 per kWh.He said the main driver of the lower electricity rates this month was the P0.3393 per kWh drop in the generation charge, from P5.8864 to P5.5471 per kWh.