Village chief stabbed dead

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude-4.1 earthquake rocked Surigao del N orte shortly after midnight yesterday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Phivolcs said the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 1 a.m., was located eight kilometers south of Surigao City. It was tectonic in origin.

The quake was not expected to generate aftershocks or cause damage, state seismologists said.

Meanwhile, a magnitude-4.7 temblor also rocked Davao Occidental on Sunday.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 11:23 p.m., was located 418 kilometers south of Balut Island in Sarangani town.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Two landmark restaurants in Kidapawan City, Cotabato have stopped operations due to low income.

Employees of Penong’s Restaurant told journa lists that the establishment has been reeling from low income in the past two years.

The low earnings started after several restaurants and coffee shops sprouted around the city, the employees said.

Aside from Penong’s, another local iconic restau rant – Mandarin Tea Garden Kidapawan – shut down for good for the same reason, according to radio reports aired over Central Mindanao yesterday.

Both restaurants were known stopovers of private motorists traveling to Davao City and back.

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — A barangay chairman was stabbed dead by a tricycle driver in Ajuy, Iloilo on Sunday.

Cornelio Cacho, 67, of Barangay Sto. Rosario, was declared dead on arrival at the Sara District Hospital due to a stab wound in the abdomen.

Police arrested the suspect, identified as Jonel Amaba, 42, in a pursuit operation in nearby Anilao town.

The victim was sitting in front of a commercial establishment in Barangay Malayu-an when Amaba allegedly stabbed him, according to Lt. Randy Lambungan, Ajuy police chief.

Lambungan said probers are eyeing jealousy as the motive for the killing.

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