DANGEROUS. Overloaded jeeps like this one in Calatrava, are typical scenes in various areas and even in some cities of Negros Occidental*
(Andy Alvarez photo )

Passengers disarm
hostage taker in bus

The hostage-taking incident at a bus terminal in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental yesterday did not last long as the hostage-taker, was neutralized and immediately disarmed by the police, with the help of passengers.

Chief Inspector Lino Dalisay, Hinigaran police chief, thanked the “gutsy” passengers of the Ceres Liner bus, who took the bold move of disarming the suspect identified as Richard Jopillo, 26, of Kabankalan City, before he could hurt them.

Although Jopillo managed to fire his .38 caliber revolver, the slug failed to exit from its barrel, and no one was hit among the passengers, Dalisay said.moremoremore

Some planters press
for 100% B sugar

Some planters are calling for the allocation of the country's entire 2014-2015 sugar production as "B" to be sold in the domestic market.

The Sugar Board approved last week Sugar Order No.1 that allocates 90 percent of the county's sugar as "B" for the domestic market, 5 percent for "A" or the US quota, and 5 percent for "D" or the world market, Sugar Regulatory Administration chief Ma. Regina Martin had said.

The estimated sugar production for crop year 2014-2015 is about 2.5 million metric tons and consumption is expected to be at about 2.25 million metric tons, Martin added.. moremoremore

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SP opposes bill on ban
of m'cycle back-riders

The Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a resolution recently, expressing opposition to Senate Bill No. 2344, entitled “An Act Prohibiting Backriders on Two-Wheeled Motorcycles/Scooters and Exceptions Thereto”.

Under the proposal, motorcycle back-riders are prohibited, except when they are the spouse, child or parent of the driver, or if they are members of the Philippine National Police or Armed Forces of the Philippines on duty and in uniform.

Violators may face jail time of up to six years, with a fine of P20,000 for the first offense, and additional P10,000 for succeeding offenses.moremoremore