A firefighter battles the blaze that destroyed  89 houses and damaged five.*
(Andy Alvarez photo)

Fire hits 94  houses


Cries of residents, who included children, explosions, and sirens of fire trucks and ambulances were among the sounds one could hear in Purok Katilingban I, Barangay 39 in Bacolod City, when fire hit the place at about 12:35 p.m. yesterday.

Several men helped the fire fighters put out the fire through a water brigade while some elderly people, who could not stand the heat and tension, were given first aid by rescue teams.

Some of the residents were able to save a few of their belongings, but most of them lost everything.moremoremore

junking hailed, hit


Government and business leaders in Negros Occidental yesterday welcomed the junking with finality of three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III by the House Committee on Justice, while militant and church leaders slammed the move.

After a vote of 54-4 with no abstention on all three impeachment complaints, Justice Committee chairman and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., declared the impeachment raps against the President dismissed for insufficiency in substance .

“The committee has decided to dismiss the three impeachment complaints against the president. We will now prepare the committee report for plenary. In the plenary, all the 290 members will vote to know if they will sustain the decision of the committee on justice, or they will over rule the committee. This is a reflection of vote of sentiment of the entire House,” Tupas said.moremoremore

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Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday questioned the legality and rejected the Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communication/Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, that he called “stupid”.

He discussed issues and concerns on the JAO 2014-01 and other land transportation and traffic laws yesterday with three LTO District Office chiefs in the province, and heads of transport groups and the Federation of Transport Associations of Negros Oriental. moremoremore