114 farm animals
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Extreme cold has caused the death of 114 farm animals costing P912,290 in 12 towns and cities in Negros Occidental, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.
Hypothermia was observed at 16 to 20 Celsius with windy and rainy conditions, he said.
Decena said his office has already mobilized paravets to provide technical assistance and medicines in the affected areas.
Most of them that died were backyard farm animals owned by small farmers.
Watch up for
BY ADRIAN NEMES III
Salvador Benedicto town is bracing for the possible occurrence of frost bites on vegetable plants in the area with the continuous dropping of temperature in Negros Occidental, town Agriculturist Pepito Libo-on, told the DAILY STAR yesterday.
Libo-on said that, as of yesterday, no frost bites in vegetables have been reported but he is sending two agricultural technicians to train on how to mitigate the effects of the phenomenon, especially on high-value crops.
He said they have less vegetable production this month, not due to frost bites, but because the plants are still recovering from the damage from super typhoon Yolanda.
Bishop condemns massacre
as survivors press for justice
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
A year after the tragic incident, the survivors and families of the victims of the massacre in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, are still seeking justice, as the New People’s Army perpetrators are still at-large, and have been linked to more killings in central Negros.
The incident in Brgy. Puso, La Castellana on Jan. 27 last year, claimed the lives of eight civilians and a policeman, and caused injuries to 12 others.
The Diocese of Kabankalan, in a strongly-worded statement signed by Bishop Patricio Buzon, said yesterday, “The merciless and treacherous killings of civilians, the random firing at innocent passengers and hitch-hikers that wounded many of them, the unimaginable grief of losing loved ones and bread winner of poor families, and the fear and terror which traumatize persons and communities, are inhuman, evil and detestable. They are downright unjustifiable”.