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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, October 17, 2013
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‘Highway robber' killed in
shoot-out with cops
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

A suspected member of the highway gang, who robbed a bus in Barangay Jugno, crossing Silab in Amlan, Negros Oriental, at around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, was killed in a shootout with policemen.

The fatality was identified as Jonnel Inocerta Sotillo, of Sitio Hayugan in Barangay Malaunay, Valencia, by town police chief, Senior Insp. Wilfredo Villoria, who said he believes he was a member of the highway robbery gang headed by a certain Michael Garsula.

Amlan police chief, Senior Insp. Edwin Tuble, said Sotillo and a companion boarded a Ceres bus, with body number 7412 and driven by Andrew Silorio, in Tiguib, Bindoy. When it arrived in Brgy. Jugno, the two suspects declared a hold-up and divested bus conductor Virgilio Bayabos of around P11,000 in fare money, and the passengers of their belongings. They then alighted from the vehicle at an intersection leading to Silab in Amlan.

SSS offers relief package
for quake-hit members

The Social Security System said it is offering a calamity relief package for members and pensioners affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, particularly in Bohol and Cebu that have been declared in states of calamity, its press release said.

SSS vice president May Catherine Ciriaco, officer-in-charge for Lending and Asset Management Division, said a three-part relief package for earthquake victims was approved, and these are the early renewal of salary loans, relaxed loan terms for home repairs, and advanced release of three months' worth of pensions, the press release also said.

Application for the salary loan early renewal will be accepted until November 29, and the program allows calamity-stricken members, who had earlier availed themselves of the loan penalty condonation, to renew the loan. SSS will waive the one-percent service fee under the SLERP program so that members can get higher loan proceeds..

Doctors plan open-air surgery

LOON – Surgeons were planning to save lives on open-air operating tables in a hospital carpark yesterday as rescuers struggled to help isolated survivors of a powerful earthquake in the Philippines which has claimed at least 161 lives.

Road access to the worst-hit towns on the central island of Bohol remained cut, two days after the 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed buildings and triggered landslides that engulfed homes and highways, regional civil defense chief Minda Morante said.

“I hope the people will understand. While we want to bring aid to them, our main adversary is accessibility," Morante told AFP. “We acknowledge that there are still gaps in the emergency response. We cannot address the many needs all at the same time.”

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