MERGE RAGING. Fire destroyed four houses at Burgos Street, Purok Dapdap, Poblacion in Valladolid, Negros Occidental, at about 6:30 last night* (Mark Delos Reyes Cabrillos photo)

Iloilo guv bans travelers
from NegOcc, two areas


Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has banned the entry of travelers from Negros Occidental, Capiz and Antique into his province effective yesterday until July 15, except for a few exceptions, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Defensor’s restriction on travel from the three provinces is contained in Executive Order No. 128-E Series of 2020 extending the Modified General Community Quarantine in Iloilo province until July 15.

He said only the following persons from the three provinces will be allowed into Iloilo: moremoremore

‘Degamos face assassination plot’

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday revealed an alleged assassination plot against him and his wife, Pamplona Mayor Janice Degamo, and linked three suspects recently arrested by the police at the Caticlan jetty port in Malay, Aklan.

Degamo claimed in a press conference in Dumaguete City that he and his wife were informed and alerted by his friend on Sunday through text messages that there were individuals travelling with firearms on board a Nissan XTrail with plate number XSL 752 from Manila to Negros, who were allegedly out to kill them.

He thanked the Philippine National Police, through Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP deputy chief for Operations, and Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, for immediate action on the information of his friend that led to the arrest of suspects at the Caticlan Port in Aklan. moremoremore


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Manapla Distillery gets upgrade

The Manapla Distillery in Manapla, Negros Occidental, was temporarily shutdown to fast-track the completion of environmental improvements for a more sustainable and cleaner industrial plant, the Victorias Milling Company, that operates it, said.

VMC allocated over P100 million to address the environmental concerns in the distillery and in fulfillment of their commitment to reduce overall environmental impact of the operations, the management decided to temporarily shut down the plant and go full blast in its upgrading, its press release said.

It acknowledged the concerns raised by communities surrounding the distillery and this prodded management to continue with the upgrading that was stalled when the province went on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.