FireA firefighter checks the debris left by the blaze  at the SK Plaza Divisoria in Bacolod City  yesterday.* (Shiela Gelera photo)

Fire destroys P20M
in goods at Divisoria

About P20 million worth of ready-to-wear clothes, appliances, gadgets and housewares, turned into ashes when fire hit the SK Plaza Divisoria at Luzuriaga Street in Barangay 37, Bacolod City, at about 1:50 a.m. yesterday.

Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran, fire marshal of the Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection, said four stores, SK One Trading, UNI 68, JINYI Fashion, and AGWIKIING, at the three-storey building were affected.

The fire was placed under control at about 5 a.m. but as of 9:30 p.m. yesterday, fire out had not been declared. Mopping was still being done at the scene since fire sometimes rekindles, especially where there are light materials, such as textiles, he said.moremoremore

Mayors taught how to
access Yolanda funds

The massive infusion of funds by the national government and foreign aid agencies in Yolanda-hit areas will see the rise of better and more resilient houses in Cadiz City, and other affected areas in Negros Occidental, Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante said yesterday.

Escalante, along with Sagay Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and Victorias City Mayor Francis Palanca, attended the “Yolanda Report: A Story of Hope and Change” gathering at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila yesterday.

Many representatives of foreign funding agencies were present at the gathering presided over by Office of Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery secretary, Panfilo Lacson, Escalante said.moremoremore


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2 men arrested, confess to
killing of Silliman coed


Two suspects in the brutal murder of a Silliman University coed were arrested yesterday in Moal-boal, Cebu, by a Sibulan police team, headed by Senior Insp. Antonio Detuya, four days after the incident in Sibulan.

Police identified the suspects as Christopher Bagaan Nerona, 30, who admitted having stabbed and killed Myra Abrenica Gabato, 25, a graduating Business Administration student of SU; and Lelbe Bazar Mabanag, 37, who was allegedly responsible for tying up Melune Abrenica Gabato, younger sister of the fatality, in their apartment at Ablir Street, Barangay Poblacion, Sibulan.

The wives of the suspects are relatives of the victims, the police said.moremoremore