Police says a bus collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila. Killing seven members of a family who were returning home from Christmas vacation. Police officials says the bus was overtaking a car when it hit the Manila bound jeep in the opposite lane of the highway in Ibaan town in Batangas province. Police investigator said that the collision killed the jeep driver and six of his passenger who were siblings. They were among thousand who were heading back to Manila at the end of the Christmas holiday. Police says some passengers on the bus received minor injuries.
A rice store owner allegedly shot one of his helper when the latter reportedly became unruly during a drinking session in Las Piñas City. According to the initial reports, the trader was enjoying drinks with stay-in helper and other employees on the rooftop of the rice mill store in Saint-Louis Village when the incident happened. The trader as a native of Batangas fled after shooting the helper who is reportedly to be critical condition at the hospital due to gunshot wound on his chest. Police officers recovered a .45 caliber pistol allegedly used in the shooting and are searching for the suspect.
Two members of the Philippine Air Force were wounded in a surprise attack launched by suspected members of the New People’s Army in Batangas province. The two members were injured after suspected NPA gunmen fired at the vehicle they were riding at barangay Natipuan in Nasugbu town. The two airmen both sustained shrapnel wounds in different parts of the body while the military vehicle was damaged with four bullet holes. The casualties were rushed to the hospital for treatment and were declared out of danger.
The Filipino farmers received from the Japanese government on Tuesday of 7,000 metric tons of fertilizers to help the local farmers to improve their productivity in the next cropping season. The fertilizers are worth 7000 million yen (about php354 million) the embassy said. The department of Iloilo, Davao and Batangas can received the similar shipments. The Japanese aid firmly supports the Philippines governments to initiatives to reduce the poverty and further to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries the embassy said.