Isabela Municipal Hall The flags in front of the Isabela municipal hall flew at half mast Saturday during the funeral of Board Member Renato Malabor Sr.* (Shiela Gelera photo)

Rumors of NPA attack
triggers panic in Isabela
Parents pull children out of school

Rumors of an impending New People's Army attack on Isabela town in Negros Occidental, with Mayor Enrique Montilla as the target, yesterday morning triggered panic in the town and prompted some parents to pull their children out of classes in four public schools.

The police and Army in the town who were on full alert allayed fears saying the threat of an NPA attack was just a rumor.

Some classes at Isabela East, Isabela West and District 2 elementary schools, and the Isabela National High School were cancelled, Senior Inspector Ramil Sarona, Isabela police chief, said. moremoremore

Malabor slay probe
lacks witnesses


The police Special Investigation Task Group has not set a timetable for solving the murder of Board Member Renato Malabor and his bodyguard in Isabela, Negros Occidental.

The filing of cases against the gunman has been hampered by lack of witnesses, Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday.

But Nacion said they are not letting up on their in-depth probe into the killing of Malabor, 55, and his bodyguard, Leody Jomilla, 52, who were gunned down in Isabela on June 28..moremoremore


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Notice of violation urged
versus fuel ethanol plant

The Provincial Environment Management Unit under the Environmental Management Bureau in Region 7 yesterday recommended for the issuance of a Notice of Violation against the Fuel Ethanol Plant in Tamisu, Bais City in Negros Oriental, for operating a waste water treatment facility without a discharge permit.

It also recommended for a stoppage, cease and desist order pending the issuance of discharge permits and other clearances from the Bais City government, including the mayor's permit.

The recommendations of PEMU provincial officer, forester Loreto Rivac, was sent to the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 yesterday, after a series of investigation and monitoring activities on the incident involving the ethanol plant. The first report involved the release of foul odor allegedly from the plant, followed by the discharges and fish kill.moremoremore