One of the slain soldiers in the encounter in Himamaylan City yesterday*

3 soldiers killed, 4 injured
in Himamaylan encounter

Three Army soldiers, including a young officer, died while four others were injured in an encounter  with  suspected New People’s Army rebels in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.

Soldiers of the 94th Infantry Battalion were conducting a security patrol, in connection with the distribution of Social Amelioration Program cash grants to beneficiaries, when they encountered suspected NPA rebels at about 10 a.m. yesterday in SitioTugas, Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City.

Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that about 30 minutes of firefight ensued after the  NPA rebels set off an improvised explosive device (IED) and lobbed grenades at the Army soldiers. moremoremore

66 Negrenses return to Negros
but 1,041 more begging for help   

Sixty-six Negrenses stranded in Cebu and Panay following the lockdown of borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) returned to Negros Occidental Saturday, while as of yesterday, 1,041 more were seeking help to return to the province, Zeaphard Caelian, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, said.

    Former Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Negros Occidental Provincial Incident Management Team consultant, Saturday assured the stranded Negrenses that the provincial government will try to bring them back to Negros Occidental as soon as possible.

    He noted that some of the stranded Negrenses are asking for mercy flights to return to the province. moremoremore


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Free electricity for 46K
low-income households


Some 46,000 households that consume 50 kilowatts  of electricity or lower will no longer pay their bills for April, the Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. announced over the weekend.

    Jose Taniongon, Ceneco general manager, said this is part of the “Pantawid Liwanag” subsidy to lifeline consumers with 50 kWh and below consumption this month.

    He said that 46,000 consumers from the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, and Bago, and the municipalities of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto will benefit from the program.