No transport strike — drivers, operators


ROXAS City — The Hugpong Transport Group (HTG) in the province will hold a noise barrage at 3 p.m. today to protest the recent fuel price hike.

Jeepney and tricycle drivers and operators in the province, however, will not join the transport strike currently being held in other provinces and cities in the country, said the HTG spokesperson, Jubert Carandang.

Carandang appealed to fellow operators and drivers to cooperate so their voices will be heard by concerned government agencies and big-time oil industry players.

HTG is currently drafting a petition requesting the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board to establish a satellite office in Capiz.

With this, jeepney operators will no more need to go to Iloilo City to get a franchise for their vehicles.
The request will initially be handed to Provincial Board member Camelo Robles, chair of the Committee on Transportation and Communication.

In another development, passenger tricycles operating in this city will not file a petition for a fare increase.

Currently, tricycles here are implementing the fare bracket system.

Tricycle fare will automatically increase depending on the price of fuel./PN


Cops face blank wall on 4 shooting cases


ROXAS City — Policemen here are facing a blank wall on four separate shooting incidents that killed three persons and seriously wounded two others.

No suspects have been identified yet in shooting Arnold Agonias of Brgy. Banica, Ronald Apruebo of Rizal Street and Mario Galino of Brgy. Lawaan in this city.

Agonias, 40, was shot by one of the two motorcycle-riding suspects while he was walking along Atila Balgos Avenue in Brgy. Banica two weeks ago.

He was rushed to the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

According to witnesses, the two bonnet-wearing suspects were both about 40 years old, police said.

Authorities recovered from the crime scene empty shells of a 12-gauge shotgun.

In the evening of the same day, two unidentified suspects shot dead 45-year-old Apruebo.

The victim succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds on the face and neck.

His live-in partner identified as Cristy Abesto was shocked upon hearing about the incident. Police said witnesses heard three gun shots that night.

Galino, on the other hand, was shot dead by an unidentified suspect.

His live-in partner Janet Fuentes, 40, got injured after the suspect shot her while she was about to close their store, said the police.

Recently, Dennis Machado, a former member of the Philippine Constabulary, was seriously injured when two unidentified suspects shot him in Brgy. Tiza./PN


Anti-dengue mosquito device launched

ROXAS City — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas has launched the Mosquito Ovi/Larvicidal Trap System for Aedes Mosquito project here yesterday.

Low-cost and effective technology is the government’s response to roll out dengue-causing mosquitoes, according to DOST-Capiz head Gerbe Dellava.

“This project intends to minimize the reproductive activities of mosquito and to control diseases due to mosquitoes which include, among others, the deadly dengue fever and malaria,” Dellava said.

He said the Mosquito OL-Trap System is being launched in Region 6, particularly in the cities of Roxas, Iloilo and Bacolod, as pilot testing areas for six months.

In this city, the project will be pilot tested in Barangays Lawaan, Banica and Bolo.

These three villages were the dengue hotspots in the province last year, said Fe Salgado, Roxas City health education and promotions officer.

City officials led by Mayor Angel Alan Celino, the barangay officials, barangay health workers and sanitary inspectors, among others, were expected to participate in the launching, Salgado said.

DOST-6 Director Rowen Gelonga, DOH-6 Director Dr. Ariel Valencia and Gov. Victor Tanco were also expected to grace the event. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN

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