MERGE After being rocked by 136 volcano-tectonic earthquakes, Kanlaon Volcano spewed white steam-laden plumes that rose 200 meters, Phivolcs said* (Reynald Horegue photo)

Lacson calls for prayers
as quakes rock Kanlaon

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson called on Negrenses to pray that Negros Occidental does not have another calamity on its hands after Kanlaon Volcano's seismic monitoring network recorded 136 volcano-tectonic earthquakes on its western flanks Sunday and yesterday.

Four of the earthquakes at 1:01 a.m., 1:04 a.m., 1:34 a.m., and 2:06 a.m. yesterday were recorded at magnitudes 3.2 to 4.7 and were felt at intensities 2 to 5 in Bacolod, La Carlota and Bago cities in Negros Occidental, and in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

Two more earthquakes off La Carlota City were also reported at Magnitude 3.1 at 3:09 p.m. and 2.4 at 3.24 p.m. yesterday, Phivolcs reported. moremoremore

Crime group leader falls, PNP says

An alleged leader of an organized crime group linked to a series of robbery hold-up incidents and highway robberies, was apprehended Sunday by the police in Brgy. Isio, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

Nabbed by the combined team of the Cauayan Police Station and the Provincial Intelligence Unit of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office was Francisco Epogon, who was tagged by authorities as the alleged leader the Epogon Organized Crime Group.

The arrest of Epogon, who has a pending arrest warrant for the crime of robbery with violence against, or intimidation of persons committed by a band, that was issued by Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Rodney Magbanua, also yielded a fragmentation grenade, town police chief Maj. Lowell Garinganao said. moremoremore


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Amend curfew ordinance,
biz sector asks city gov’t

The business sector is asking the Bacolod City government to amend its curfew ordinance to further stir the local economy, Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.

He said that easing the restrictions on the curfew ordinance will mean more business hours at night time, which will increase the revenues of establishments, preserve and create new jobs, and generate much-needed cash and taxes for the city.

He said the increased sales will also result in more taxes for the local government unit, adding that the city has to provide a good business environment.