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US envoy airs concern
for Bacolod blaze victims

BY CARLA GOMEZ

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. yesterday expressed concern for the fire victims in Barangay Banago, Bacolod, and said his government will consider providing assistance.

Thomas, who was in Negros Occidental on a private visit, told the DAILY STAR that, “if the Philippine government asked for assistance, we would consider it.”

He said the Philippines, or the city government, has to follow a formal mechanism for making the request, through the National Economic and Development Authority.

He asked the STAR how many were affected by the fire and if there were any casualties.

On Wednesday night, Thomas watched the ABBA Mania concert at L’Fisher Hotel, and yesterday afternoon, headed out of town to visit some of Negros Occidental’s tourism attractions.

His itinerary is being withheld for security reasons.

He was set to meet with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and friends last night for cocktails.*CPG

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