Abandoned baggage triggers panic

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A baggage abandoned at a gas station here created panic among civilians late Thursday. People fled the area as the police and local bomb squad rushed to the gas station to inspect it. As it turned out, the baggage contained rice, some vegetables and a few pieces of clothing. The discovery of the suspicious baggage came a day after City Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar urged residents to stay vigilant following a recent car bombing here and the spate of attacks elsewhere in the restive region. She also urged her constituents to be on the lookout for suspicious unattended items and for the presence of suspicious persons. The residents are instructed to immediately contact the police when this happens and to refrain from forwarding scare-text messages.    Al Jacinto
Balikbayan shot dead in Bacolod A 46-year-old balikbayan (returnee to the Philippines) wasshot dead by a motorcycle-riding man in Bacolod City last  Wednesday. Barnard Jereza, who is from Virginia, USA and a former resident of Barangay Del Monte in Quezon City, arrived in the country on January 12 for a vacation. He decided to visit Bacolod,               which is his hometown, but was shot instead. From police reports, it appeared that the lone gunman waited in front of his house in               Pook San Roque, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon. As soon as Jereza alighted from his car, the suspect fired at him hitting him at the back. When the victim fell, the unidentified man fired two more shots to his chest. The police is still continuing its investigation    on the case.

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