SRA: Dry spell hurting
50% of standing cane
START AFTER HOLY WEEK
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday that 40-50 percent of the standing sugarcane to be milled next crop year in Negros are the most affected by the dry spell hitting the province, and badly need rain.
“If rains will fall, these affected canes may still recover, so we pray for this,” she said.
The millable standing canes affected by the dry spell are 20 to 30 percent, she said.
4 missing in Cauayan
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Two motor boats, one of them the seaborne police patrol boat, capsized Monday night at the Hulao-Hulao Reef in Brgy. Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, and two fishermen drowned, four were reported as missing, while 21 others, including six policemen, survived.
Senior Inspector Lowell Garinganao, Cauayan police chief, yesterday said the cadaver of Cecilio Amparado, 57, who was trapped inside the capsized fishing boat, was recovered yesterday at the Hulao-Hulao reef, a day after that of Maximo Estong was found floating and washed ashore in Brgy. Caliling, Cauayan.
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No confirmation yet on 2
bodies found in Palawan
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Almost a month after two decomposing bodies, believed to be those of a United States citizen and his Filipina girlfriend from Negros Oriental, were found in a remote village in Palawan, the local police have not yet received confirmation of their identities.
Negros Oriental OIC provincial police director, Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr., said yesterday that his office is still awaiting results of the DNA examination conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory at Camp Crame in Quezon City to confirm that the bodies are those of Bradley Jay Fugate and Cristina Andig.
Fugate, 44, a chemist from California, U.S.A., his fiancée, Andig 19, and four other Filipinos went missing at sea February 13 after they set sail on a small motor banca from Maloh, Siaton in south Negros Oriental..