The 303rd Army Brigade reported that several members of the Fernandez Lawless Group of the Communist Party of the Philippines-Negros were believed to have been fatally injured after staging their own attack against soldiers belonging to the 62nd Infantry Battalion at about 10 o’clock in the evening of February 17.
"A small band of lawless elements fired at the soldiers who were then resting in their Improvised Highly Deployable Tents (IHDT) at Sitio Aniya, Brgy. Winasawasan, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. The soldiers were members of the Negros Occ. Bayanihan Teams deployed in Calatrava to conduct peace and development works in the communities," Maj.Ray Tiongson said in a statement.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) recorded two separate shooting incidents in the province over the weekend resulting to the death of one victim.
Over EB Magalona town, Rogen Delanda, 21, of Brgy. Gahit was rushed to Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound in the arm inflicted by still unidentified person.
Delanda, according to investigation was standing in front of a videoke bar in Brgy. 2 about 3:30AM, Sunday when the suspect on board a motorcycle stopped in front and without provocation shot him in the arm.
Police authorities in Calatrava town are in pursuit of suspects who shot dead a municipal utility worker inside his house Monday evening at Brgy. Bantayanun.
Reports identified the victim as Jose Hachuela, 47, who succumbed to multiple pellet wounds on the body inflicted by two unidentified persons using an improvised 12-gauge shotgun.
A suspect was posting outside the house and served as a lookout when the shooters got inside and attacked the victim.
Police authorities in Calatrava town are conducting follow-up investigation on the killing of two Brgy. Laga-an’s tanod and the death of the murder suspect, Monday evening.
Earlier reports revealed two of Brgy. Laga-an tanods were shot dead about 11PM, Monday that also killed a murder suspect while trying to evade arrest.
Ludovico Lusaria, 46, chief tanod and his companion, Hilarion Quezon, 43, were shot by Eleazar Espadilla, 31, of Brgy. Ani-E, a murder suspect wanted by the authorities.
A barangay head in Calatrava town was shot allegedly by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) about 8:45AM, Monday.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) identified the victim as Fidel Añiñon, 63, newly-elected barangay captain was shot at Sitio Pesons, Brgy. Minautok, Calatrava by two unidentified armed men using a .45 caliber pistol.
The victim sustained gunshot wounds in the left leg, right side of his abdomen, back portion of his body, three bullet wounds on the right leg and a minor gunshot wound on the right face.
The damage of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ to crops, fisheries, and livestock have reached more than P100.4 million as of 3 p.m. yesterday, according to the latest partial report of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol.
Damage to palay and corn is P84,556,222; fisheries—P14,624,565; and high-value commercial crops—P1,350,643, according to provincial agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan.
Damage to livestock and poultry is PP45,748,266, according to provincial veterinarian Renante Decena.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has approved the release of funds for the electrification of 38 sitios in the first district.
Edita S. Bueno, NEA administrator in a letter to Rep. Julio Ledesma said that the release of the 2013 subsidy fund is part of the government’s program for "inclusive growth and poverty reduction."
The fund amounting to more than P60 million was released through the VMC Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc., (VRESCO) on September 9 this year, Bueno said.
"We have advised VRESCO management to ensure timely completion of the projects," she said.
The Task Force Ilahas has cleared businessman Albert "Ali"Divino of alleged timber-poaching activities at the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) as earlier claimed by Board Member Rolando Ponsica.
"Based on the facts at hand, there is no evidence that could support the allegation of massive timber poaching at Brgys. Marcelo and Minapasok in Calatrava perpetrated by Mr. Ali Divino or by his deputies as disclosed by BM Rolando Ponsica," reads the report of Task Force Ilahas dated Sept. 7.
The report was prepared by SPO4 Stanley Mendoza, investigator, and approved by Chief Inspector Gabriel Gutierrez, company commander, and submitted to Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia, who is also the executive officer of the Task Force Ilahas.
Dengue killed 23 people in Negros Occidental in just eight months.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported last Friday that from January 1 to August 31 this year, there were 17 dengue deaths across the province, excluding Bacolod City.
In a separate report of the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) last month, dengue deaths as of August 9 had reached six, with a four-year-old boy as the latest victim.
The 17 deaths from dengue came from the cities of Talisay, Victorias, and Sagay and the town of Murcia, with two each; and the cities of Bago, Silay, San Carlos, Himamaylan, San Carlos, and Sipalay, and the towns of Binalbagan, E. B. Magalona, San Enrique and Calatrava, with one each.
Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called on the 31 mayors of Negros Occidental to "move forward their nutrition program," as the malnutrition rate of the province reached 7 percent.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) gives the Certificate of Appreciation to Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nona Tad-y (2nd from right) in the presence of Board Member Rolando Ponsica (2nd from left), Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan (right) and Provincial Nutrition Program Coor-dinator Teena Pineda-Acebedo (left) during the 39th Nutrition Month celebration, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)
Lacson said the provincial government is ready to give assistance to local government units (LGU) in implementing nutrition programs, but it is the municipal and city governments, particularly their mayors, who are the "frontliners" in the fight against poverty and malnutrition.