Flag Raising The burned house where the bodies of two children were found in Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago yesterday afternoon*

2 children die in fire

Two children were trapped and killed in a fire that broke out in a slum area in Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, at about 3:39 p.m. yesterday.

Burned to death were Rofil James dela Cruz, 5, and his 1-year-old sister Jaylyn, City Fire Marshall Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran of the Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection, said.

Rofil James, who had cerebral palsy, and Jaylyn were asleep when fire hit their house, that was made of light materials, Beliran said. moremoremore

Monico pre-trial postponed

The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has reset the pre-trial proceedings of the criminal case against Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella involving the purchase of alleged overpriced computer packages amounting to 26 million, that was scheduled yesterday to July 23.

Lawyer Joselito Bayatan, one of the private complainants, yesterday said Puentevella's lawyers asked for postponement of the pre-trial because they are asking for time to submit more documents.

The lawyers of his co-accused, Jessie Garcia, chairman of the board of Merryland Publishing Corp., the supplier of computer packages in question, also asked for postponement saying he has not yet filed his pre-trial brief. moremoremore


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CEBU CITY – The Teachers Dignity Coalition-Visayas has cried foul over the proposed Anti-Bullying Law that would penalize teachers found guilty of bullying their students.

TDC-Visayas vice chairman, Anabelle dela Cerna, said teachers are already burdened by many laws and regulations, such as Republic Act No. 7610, or the Child Protection Law, the Department of Education Child Protection Policy and other laws.

“The same laws are use to harass, threaten and intimidate the helpless teachers or extort money from them,” dela Cerna said.moremoremore