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Dumaguete City, Philippines Monday, January 30, 2017
Negros Oriental
Button Brgy captain in drugs watchlist shot dead
Button New bridge to close for lane expansion
DENR calls for protection of Tañon Strait
ASG leader wounded in airstrikes  

Brgy captain in drugs
watchlist shot dead

An incumbent barangay captain in Ayungon, Negros Oriental, was shot dead by unidentified suspects at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

An initial police report said that Junry Depillo, 37, barangay captain of Tibyawan, Ayungon town, succumbed to bullet wounds after the suspects fired at him in the barangay.

Two bystanders were also hit by stray bullets, one at the lower abdomen and the other on the right elbow, the sketchy police report said. .

New bridge to close
for lane expansion

Motorists and local officials are bracing for a worsening traffic congestion at a time when they are looking for ways to reduce the gridlock in Dumaguete City, a government press release said.

Luz Vicoy of the Department of Public Works and Highways said the widening of Banica Bridge II, or the “Bag-ongTaytayan,” will commence in two months despite serious concerns of its effect to the already worsening traffic gridlock in the city.

The P29 million project, which seeks to turn the bridge into a 4-lane link straddling Banica River, has been delayed already as it was supposed to have been started last year and the contract will expire in April, said Vicoy, who has jurisdiction over the project.

DENR calls for
protection of Tañon Strait

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through its Biodiversity Management Bureau, has called for the protection of Tañon Strait against commercial fishers, and emphasized that overfishing could lead to ecosystem collapse.

“We believe that commercial fishing in an unsustainable manner is one of the major threats to our marine environment. Overfishing, as one of the many negative environmental consequences, is a primary cause of species extinction and ecosystem collapse,” DENR-BMB director Mundita Lim said in a letter to Oceana, its press release said.

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