Fire hits public market. . .
CALAMBA CITY -- A three-hour-fire hit the wet market in Naic town of Cavite on Sunday, but no casualties were reported.
Chief Insp. Ruben dela Cuesta, town police chief, said in a phone interview that the fire was believed to have started from a bakery next to the wet market at around 8:45 p.m.
A security guard of the market saw huge smoke coming out from the bakery, he said. Niña Catherine Calleja, Inquirer Southern Luzon
. . . and plastics warehouse
CITY OF MALOLOS -- A six-hour fire gutted a warehouse of plastic chairs and tables in Barangay Tikay in Malolos City in Bulacan on Sunday.
Police said no one was hurt in the fire that hit the warehouse of Qonqa International Plastic Manufacturing Corp. at 2:30 a.m. FO1 Florentina Estrella of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Guigunto town said residents living near the warehouse heard a series of explosions from the building as the fire was raging. Carmela Reyes, Inquirer Central Luzon
Cop shot dead
LEGAZPI CITY -- A policeman was shot and killed by suspected communist rebels inside his house in Barangay Naga in Tiwi, Albay, on Saturday, police said.
SPO1 Policronio Crison, who was assigned to the Malinao police in a nearby town, was shot at about 7 p.m.
An unidentified gunman also killed Ruben Azures of Barangay Alcala in Daraga, Albay, police said. Roy Gersalia, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Rebels attack rubber plant
COTABATO CITY -- Communist rebels stormed a rubber processing plant in Makilala, North Cotabato, last week, burning a hauling truck and two other vehicles, and latex products, police said.
Senior Supt. Lester Camba, provincial police director, said a New People?s Army (NPA) group attacked the plant of Araba Rubber Milling Corp. in Barangay Indangan past 11 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Camba estimated the damage at P1 million.
Insp. Ramil Hojilia, town police chief, said the motive could be extortion. Charlie C. Señase, Inquirer Mindanao
Mud avalanche kills boy
DIGOS CITY -- A 14-year-old boy was killed while his sister suffered injuries when an avalanche of mud hit a remote sub-village of Pangaleon in Malita, Davao del Sur, on Tuesday, a report reaching the provincial police office said.
Village chief Isabelo Masiwel reported that the mudslide triggered by heavy rain struck Sitio Danao at around 5 p.m.
Civilian volunteers recovered the body of Geryvic Tomadal, Masiwel said. His sister, Jonabie, 9, was still alive and brought to the Malita District Hospital. Eldie S. Aguirre, Inquirer Mindanao
3 serial thieves fall
BACOLOD CITY -- Police on Thursday arrested three persons allegedly involved in stealing women?s shoulder bags in at least three cities in the Visayas.
The suspects ? Razmina Gulam, 27, Melvin Adane, 35, and a 15-year-old boy, all of Sta. Catalina, Zamboanga City ? were arrested at the Siliman University shortly after victimizing Dr. Susan Denura of the Holy Child Hospital.
Gulam, who is pregnant, was among the suspects in the theft of the shoulder bags of two Bacolod city prosecutors, Cyclamen Fernandez, 34, and Christy Uriarte, from their offices.
The three admitted to police that they had been stealing bags, mostly from women, in Bacolod, Dumaguete City, Cebu City and in Mindanao. Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer Visayas
Grenade blast kills farmer
A sleeping farmer was killed while his wife was wounded when a fragmentation grenade exploded under their house in Sitio Law-ang, Barangay Luna, Cadiz City, at 12:15 a.m. on Friday.
Joebert Villaruel suffered multiple injuries and died on the spot, while his wounded wife Alma was brought to the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, police said.
Chief Insp. Jefferson Descallar, Cadiz police chief, said Alma has named five neighbors as suspects, but they all denied involvement. Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer Visayas
Farmer dies in NPA blast
MASBATE -- A farmer was killed last week in a grenade blast perpetrated by communist rebels in the village of Bacolod, Milagros town in Masbate, police said.
Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, police provincial director, identified the victim as Elmer Tomas Erras, 21.
Sindac said an undetermined number of New People?s Army rebels fired two grenades that exploded near the Army?s 9th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Sitio (sub-village) Baclay at around 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Erras was hit while washing his hands inside the comfort room of his house nearby. He was brought to Dobungo Medical Clinic but later died. Delfin T. Mallari Jr. and Roy Gersalia, Inquirer Southern Luzon