MERGE The Gallery of Lights, a light show dancing to the beat of Christmas medleys starting 6 p.m. everyday, was launched at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central at Gatuslao Street in Bacolod City, last night.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Police nab 2 thieves
for blaze that killed 6

Thieves, who stole a helmet that they later sold for P150, accidentally triggered the fire that claimed the lives of six people at the Java Pension House at Gonzaga-Locsin streets in Bacolod City, Tuesday.

The thieves used a lighter to cut the strap of the helmet and its flames ignited the motorcycle it was attached to. The burning motorcycle parked at the ground floor of the pension house then caused the deadly blaze that crept through the building, the police said yesterday.

Two of the three suspects identified as Venancio Valeriano, 27, alias “Lumot,” of Barangay Amayco in Murcia, Negros Occidental, and Rodolfo Inson Jr., 23, alias “Onyok,” of Barangay 40 in Bacolod, were arrested yesterday. moremoremore

Fire hits school minutes before drill

Minutes before the scheduled fire drill of the school, a fire broke out at the STI-West Negros University four-storey building at Malaspina Street, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, at about 8:23 a.m. yesterday.

This was the third fire incident in Bacolod this week, following the deadly one at Java Pension House that claimed the lives of six persons, and another in Purok Sigay, Barangay 2, that killed a 5-year-old boy.

Personnel of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office treated several pupils who felt dizzy during the fire. moremoremore


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102 scholars complete skills training

The institution and competency-based trainings in the provincial government-run Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center was completed yesterday by 102 scholars .

Of the graduates, 51 completed the Nihongo Culture Course, 49 the Contact Center Services NC II, and two students from Japan completed the English l anguage p roficiency , Cristina Orbecido, NOLITC administrator, said.

The foreign students who completed the ELP course were Komei Nonaka and Kazuki Imanishi , who studied English at NOLITC for eight months , she added.