Hit by lightning: Two die,
2 survive in La Castellana
A minor and a laborer survived after being hit by a lightning, but not two of their neighbors who died Monday in Hacienda Angelita, Brgy. Camandag, La Castellana, Negros Occidental, police said.
Senior Inspector Romeo Vargas, La Castellana police officer-in-charge, yesterday said that Alfie Javier, 8, and Rolly Delgado, 41, are now in stable condition, after they miraculously survived being hit by lightning.
However, Remegio, 60, father of Javier, was declared dead on arrival at the Elumba Clinic, while Carlo Delgado, 16, who was in serious condition, also died later, Vargas said.
Carlo is the nephew of Delgado, the survivor.
Witnesses said the four victims were simultaneously hit by the lightning.
The two survivors are still confined at the Elumba Clinic in La Castellana.*GPB
PNP to train agents
for brgy pollss
The Security Agency and Guards Unit of the Police Regional Office 6 will train protective agents, whose services may be tapped by candidates in the October barangay elections, its regional director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, said.
At the recent national and local elections, there were not enough protective agents in Western Visayas to meet the many requests for security escorts, the police noted.
Cruz said training more protective agents is a pro-active measure to meet the need for security escorts of political candidates, if the polls push through in October.
The effort to increase the pool of protective agents is in compliance with the order of Camp Crame that only civilians and members of the PNP will be allowed to serve as security escorts to politicians.
The Commission on Elections has proposed that the October barangay elections be reset to another date, but President Benigno Aquino III has expressed opposition to it.
The training will proceed despite the Comelec’s proposal, Cruz said.
Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are not allowed to serve as security escorts.*GPB
Minor molested in
A 10-year-old girl was molested allegedly by the live-in partner of her mother in a barangay in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.
Police records show that the molestation of the minor, whose identity is being withheld, took place on May 25 at her residence. However, it was reported to the police only on Monday, after it was found out by a neighbor of the victim.
Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias Police chief, yesterday said the suspect, whose name was withheld by the DAILY STAR to protect the identity of the victim, is 35 years old.
The minor was referred to the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City for a medical check-up, while the suspect is still at-large.
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old woman, who has two pending arrest warrants for estafa by means of deceit and falsification of public documents, was arrested Monday by the police at Ditching Subdivision in Brgy. 5, also in Victorias City.
Rapiz identified the arrested suspect as Shiela Mentor of the same place.
The two arrest warrants were issued by Silay Regional Trial Court Judge Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio, who recommended bail of P16,000 for the estafa case, and by Victorias MCTC Judge Evelyn Arsenio for falsification of public documents.
The suspect is now locked up in jail.*GPB