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  • Summa cum laude Masscom grad Charles Gabriel V. Gelotin: Seeker, chaser of time
    “SEEKER and chaser of time.”This was the title of the valedictory address delivered by Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications summa cum laude graduate Charles Gabriel V. GelotinGelotin said he fears breaking the rules and laws set by school authorities and community leaders, losing his mom's Tupperware, missing the 11:59 PM deadline, checking the semestral grades, and having no permit during the examination week and of losing time."I learned how to value time at a very young age. I saw how precious time is —that every time wasted is an opportunity missed. I have always chased time in my elementary… Read more »
  • Bacolod unveils 3 projects
    THE City Government of Bacolod inaugurated the three projects worth almost P30 million under its “Green, Green Green Program” Friday, June 24, 2022.Outgoing Mayor Evelio Leonardia with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Councilor-elect Em Ang led the inauguration of the improvement and rehabilitation of the Bacolod City Rizal Park in Barangay 16 and the promenade in front of the Negros Occidental High School (NOHS).Leonardia also inaugurated the improvements of the public open spaces at the Bacolod Government Center (BGC).The projects were completed with allocations from the Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Cities (LGSFA) of the national government.Leonardia said they… Read more »
  • 11 shabu sachets seized in Bacolod
    IN ITS intensified operation against illegal drugs, the Bacolod City Police Drugs Enforcement Unit seized eleven sachets of suspected shabu valued at P170,000 shabu from three drug suspects they arrested in Barangay Handumanan past 1 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022.The police identified the arrested suspects as Joseph Espirito, 32; Rio John Diwatin, 32; Cesar Espirito, 33; and Rose Anne Bachoco, 28, all of the barangay’s Purok Narra.They were arrested after one of them sold a sachet of the suspected shabu to a poseur buyer, the police said, adding that the confiscated items weigh 25 grams.Aside from the contraband, the police… Read more »
  • Former rebels get P700,000 in financial assistance
    AFTER returning to the government fold, 27 former communist terrorist group (CTG) members received at least P700,000 in financial aid from the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental at the Capitol Building in Bacolod City on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.Of the amount, P660,000 is for the financial livelihood while the rest is for firearm remuneration assistance for those who have surrendered to the 62nd, 79th and 94th Infantry Battalions through the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-Elcac)The financial benefits are intended for their development as they join mainstream society.Some of the beneficiaries were regular members of the… Read more »
  • Cops uproot 57 marijuana plants
    AUTHORITIES raided an alleged marijuana plantation at Barangay Nataban in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental at about 8 a.m. yesterday, June 24.Lieutenant Ruby Aurita, deputy chief of San Carlos City police said the raid also resulted in the arrests of Armando Quejado, 27, and Peter Loar, 30, both residents of the barangay’s Hacienda Handalago.Aurita said both suspects are considered street-level individuals.She said the raid was conducted on information from a concerned citizen that the duo is cultivating marijuana plants in the area.Some 57 fully grown marijuana plants weighing 2,000 grams or at least two kilograms valued at P240,000 and a… Read more »
  • Woman 'abducted,' robbed
    A THOROUGH investigation is now underway following the claims of a woman that she was abducted and robbed in Barangay Zone 7, Talisay City, Negros Occidental around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2022.Stephanie Bonda, 22, of Barangay Hawaiian in Silay City, in the province, told police that she had just alighted from a tricycle supposedly to deposit P15,000 in cash at the automated teller machine of Banco de Oro when a man approached him.Bonda said the man sprayed something on her face, causing her to feel dizzy before he forced her into a nearby gray van where there were three… Read more »
  • Armed men shot minor dead in Bacolod; ‘Salvage’ victim found in Talisay
    IN LESS than 24 hours, two were killed in the cities of Talisay and Bacolod, Negros Occidental on Friday, June 25 and Thursday, June 24, respectively.Two days after an alleged “solvent-sniffing” minor was shot dead by his friend, another 14-year-old boy was gunned down in Bacolod City, this time by at least five armed men around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23.Captain Elmer Bonilla, commander of Police Station 7, said Friday that the victim of Abada Escay Relocation Site in Barangay Vista Alegre was on his way home when a white L300 van blocked him.Bonilla said the suspects, who were wearing… Read more »
  • Minor killed by fellow solvent-sniffing boy in 10th shooting
    A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was shot to death by his friend, who is also a minor, near a mall in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022.Police Station 8 commander Major Joery Puerto on Thursday, June 23, said the victim, of the said village, sustained a gunshot wound to the right side of his stomach after he was shot by his 16-year-old friend using an improvised firearm.Authorities withheld the names of the victim and suspect for being minors.The victim was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), but he did not survive.Puerto said the… Read more »
  • Outgoing administration to turn over 33 cases filed vs Bacolod government
    THE administration of outgoing Bacolod City Mayor Evelio is set to turnover to the incoming administration of Mayor-elect Alfredo Benitez about 33 cases filed against the City Government.Outgoing City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said they are now preparing all the documents to be turned over to the incoming administration.Bayatan said of the 33 cases, most of them involved governance."There are litigants filing against the city, and there are also cases that we filed against the third parties," he added.Bayatan said they are ready to turn over all the documents to the incoming administration."To formalize the turnover, we will do it… Read more »
  • 2 drug personalities nabbed in Bacolod
    TWO drug personalities were arrested in a drug bust operation by operatives of Police Station 3 in Purok Mahimaya-on, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon, June 22, 2022.Police identified the suspects as Gerry Conlu, 56, and Rex Capus, 32, all of the said village.Captain Armilyn Vargas, commander of Police Station 3, said the suspects were arrested after one of them sold a sachet of shabu to a poseur buyer.Police recovered from the suspects’ possession 23 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 4.3 grams with estimated market value of P29, 240, the P200 marked money and drug paraphernalia.Vargas said the suspects were… Read more »
  • Negros Occidental issues Rono for 300-MW liquefied nitrogen gas power plant
    THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental has passed a Resolution of No Objection (Rono) on the construction of a 300-megawatt (MW) liquified nitrogen gas (LNG) power plant in San Carlos City.Third District Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, chairman of the Provincial Board’s Committee on Energy, said the passage of Rono was made during its regular session on June 14, 2022."LNG is the cleanest kind of fossil fuel (and) with the passage of Rono, it means that the SP poses no objection or is amenable to the project," Ko said.He said the Rono is needed by the company for the… Read more »
  • Negros Occidental bracing for P700-M cut on National Tax Allotment
    NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Sunday, June 23, 2022, that Negros Occidental will have about P700 million cut from its National Tax Allotment (NTA) next year."Belt tightening and the Capitol employees' bonuses could be affected by this NTA reduction," Lacson said.The cut, he added, will be affecting the Maintenance and Operating Expenses (MOOE), too.The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the local government units’ (LGUs) NTA, which was previously called Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), will be reduced by at least 14 percent."This is a huge reduction and everybody is facing this predicament, so the higher the… Read more »
  • Negros Occidental governor, UNO-R ink scholarship for barangay officials
    NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) President Reverend Father Don Besana, OAR have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a Sholarship for Local Leaders on Barangay Governance Wednesday, June 22, 2022.The scholarship program aims to boost the managerial and leadership skills of local leaders through the provision of a one-semester-15-unit Certificate on Public Administration and Governance (CPAG).It's in collaboration with the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Barangay Affairs led by Board Member Juvy Pepello.The scholarship will also provide in-depth understanding of the theories and practices in public administration focusing on barangay governance… Read more »
  • 3 Bacolod City projects for unveiling June 24
    OUTGOING Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia will lead the unveiling of three projects under the Green, Green Green Program Friday, June 24, 2022.The projects were completed with allocations from the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF)-Assistance to Cities.Bacolod City Government Center Building Administrator Engineer Amy Tentia said the projects set for inauguration are the improvement and rehabilitation of the Bacolod City Rizal Park, the promenade in front of the Negros Occidental High School along Araneta Street and the improvement of public open spaces at the government center.Leonardia earlier disclosed that the city received an LGSF allocation of P9.4 million from the… Read more »
  • No turnover of docs on preliminary meeting of Bacolod transition teams
    THERE was no turnover of documents yet during the preliminary meeting of the transition teams of outgoing Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Mayor-elect Alfredo Benitez at the MassKara Hall of the Bacolod City Government Center Wednesday, June 22, 2022.The turnover of documents is expected on June 30, the first day of Benitez’s administration, which is also the date set for the next meeting of the transition teams.The preliminary meeting was witnessed by representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).Outgoing City Administrator Lawyer Eduard Joseph Cuansing, who is one of the focal persons of Leonardia’s transition… Read more »
  • Soldiers encounter communist group members in Calatrava
    AN ARMED encounter that lasted around 15 minutes transpired between the government troops and members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) in the mountainous area of Calatrava town, Negros Occidental Wednesday, June 22, 2022.Brigadier General Inocencio Pasaporte, commanding officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said residents in Sitio Tinibiangan in the town’s Barangay Minapasuk informed the army of the presence of about 10 armed men.Pasaporte said the rebels, who were reportedly led by “Ka Rigor,” were surprised upon the arrival of the members of the 79th Infantry Battalion.He said the rebels are members of the Sentro De Grabidad Negros, who… Read more »
  • No fare hike yet for Ceres buses
    CERES Liner buses are not yet imposing any fare rate hike despite the continuing increases in the prices of petroleum products.Jade Marquez, legal and media relations officer of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) that operates Ceres buses, said the public will be properly informed once there is any rate adjustment.She said the company is also affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and the surging prices of petroleum products.Marquez, however, said that the firm could not just implement any fare rate increase because they have to conform with the Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Nangangasiwa ng Panlalawigang Bus sa Pilipinas, which it… Read more »
  • Bacolod police seeks ‘divine guidance’ amid killings
    SEEKING “divine guidance” from God amid the series of shooting incidents, a Holy Mass was sponsored by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) at its headquarters on Monday, July 20, 2022.Major Sherlock Gabana, spokesperson of BCPO, said they really need “divine intervention” so that they could look for witnesses to these crimes.“We hope that through this, the hearts of the witnesses will be touched and they will be given courage to come out and help in giving justice to the victims,” Gabana said.He said most of these cases are illegal-drug related.On Monday, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson urged the Negros Occidental… Read more »
  • Ferrer, sugar group back Marcos as DA head
    NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer and a group representing the sugar planters are backing the decision of incoming President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to temporarily lead the Department of Agriculture (DA).Ferrer, who also led Marcos' campaign in the province during the recent elections, said the president-elect's decision to take the helm of the DA shows he is serious in working on his campaign promise that agriculture will be a priority agenda of his administration.This, Ferrer said, will greatly benefit Negros Occidental in terms of food security and in their efforts to wipe out the insurgency in the province."We are… Read more »
  • Lightning kills deaf-mute fisherman
    A DEAF-MUTE fisherman died after he was allegedly hit by lightning at the sea waters off Barangay Bulanon in Sagay City, Negros Occidental around 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022.Lieutenant Colonel Jonel Guadalupe, chief of Sagay City Police Station, identified the fatality as Ernesto Baynas, 62, of the barangay’s Purok Mahogany.Guadalupe said Baynas’ body was discovered by his fellow fishermen lifeless onboard his small boat (bangka) and believed that he was struck by lightning.He said other fishermen brought his lifeless body to the shore and noticed that there were traces of burns on the victim's lower garment and also on… Read more »
  • Negros Occidental governor to lay down plans during inauguration
    NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is expected to lay down his plans, programs and projects for the next three years during his inauguration on Saturday, June 25.This was announced Wednesday, June 22, by Provincial Administrator lawyer Rayfrando Diaz II as he leads the preparation of every department for the next three years of Lacson’s administration.Aside from Lacson, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer and other members of the Provincial Board who won in the May 9, 2022 elections will have their inauguration and oathtaking at the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City on Saturday.The governor said he has not invited any… Read more »
  • The queen is home
    NEGROS. Miss World Philippines 2022 Gwendolyne Fourniol speaks at 1st Mutya sang Himaya held at the public plaza of Himamayalan City on Tuesday evening, June 21. The Negrense beauty was one of the judges of the pageant. (Miss World Philippines Photo) Read more »
  • Group to launch HIV treatment hub at Pride Fest 2022
    HEALTH-BASED non-government organization (NGO) Bagani Community Center will hold the Pride Fest 2022 on June 25 to mark the pride month celebration and to help persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Negros Occidental.This is the second pride event hosted by Bagani since its establishment in 2019, where it will feature local talents from the LGBT+ community, as well as bring the advocacy for HIV education, awareness, and prevention.The event will be held at the pool area of Acacia Hotel starting 9 a.m.Bagani will launch its HIV treatment hub, the first and only NGO-run treatment center in Negros Island,… Read more »
  • Negros Occidental guv urges vigilance, help amid spate of killings in Bacolod
    “IF THERE'S a way that we can help Bacolod City, let's also extend a hand.”This was what Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson told Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) Director Colonel Leo Pamittan amid the spate of shooting incidents in the province’s capital city in June.Lacson said Pamittan has assured him that the shooting incidents have not spread throughout the province.“I think we can also see (that) but I told him let's continue to be vigilant," Lacson said, adding that he and Bacolod City Mayor-elect Alfredo "Albee" Benitez recently met with Pamittan and Bacolod City Police Office Director Colonel… Read more »
  • Driver dies, 4 passengers hurt in tricycle-truck collision
    A DRIVER died while his four passengers were hurt when the tricycle they were riding collided with a canter truck along the access road in Barangay Tinapaan, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental past 4 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2022.Lieutenant Colonel Gil John Despi, chief of Cadiz City Police Station, said killed was Rodrigo Magbanua, 53, of Eusebio Subdivision in the city’s Barangay Zone 2.Despi said the passengers of the tricycle, who were not named, also sustained minor injuries and were later released from the Cadiz City Emergency Clinic while Magbanua died upon arrival at the facility.He said truck driver Julieto Jaranilla,… Read more »
  • Cop involved in shooting released
    THE policeman who was involved in a shooting incident on Rizal Street in Barangay 26, Bacolod City on June 19, 2022, was released after his 36-hour reglementary period lapsed past noon Tuesday, June 21, 2022.Major Ritchie Gohee, commander of Police Station 4, confirmed the release of Police Master Sergeant Jeff Desucatan of Barangay Alijis.Gohee said Desucatan, who is assigned at Police Station 2, had reached a settlement with the victim, Richard Jimenez, 30, a construction worker.Jimenez already executed an affidavit of desistance.Investigation showed that Desucatan was walking when Jimenez confronted and threatened him, prompting the policeman to draw his gun… Read more »
  • Top 2 drug priority target of San Carlos City falls
    SIX months after she eluded arrest, the top two priority target on the local drugs watchlist of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental was finally arrested in the city Tuesday, June 21, 2022.San Carlos City Police Deputy Chief Lieutenant Ruby Aurita said Jean Compacion, 31, of Santo Rosario in the city’s Barangay Rizal, is also the locality’s third most wanted person.Aurita said Compacion was apprehended around 7 a.m. at her residence on the strength of an arrest warrant issued on February 24 this year by Judge Kathrine Go of the Regional Trial Court Branch 59 for violation of Republic Act 9165… Read more »
  • Lacson: Agriculture a priority under Marcos admin
    FOR Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, incoming Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wants to show that his administration is giving priority to the agriculture sector.Lacson said this Tuesday, June 21, 2022, following the development that Marcos is taking the post as concurrent secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA).“I think he (Marcos) just wants to tell us that he is making that a priority, being an agricultural country," he added.Marcos earlier said he will be the agriculture secretary “at least for now,” citing the urgency of addressing rising food prices.He said the agriculture sub-agencies that need review or restructuring are… Read more »
  • Farmer faces parricide charges for hacking son to death
    PARRICIDE charges were filed against a farmer Tuesday, June 21, 2022, who killed his own son in the mountainous area of Barangay Maaslob about 10 kilometers from the town proper of Calatrava, Negros Occidental.Major Lidawan Lumayen, chief of Calatrava Municipal Police Station, said the charges were filed in court against Rubico Bini, 65, of the barangay’s Sitio Hakpan.This, after the Negros Occidental Provincial Prosecutor’s Office found a probable cause in elevating the case to the higher court based on the sufficient evidences presented, Lumayen said.He said the wife of the victim Carlito Bini, 42, filed the charges against his father.A… Read more »
  • Trinio-Caña to return as Bacolod poll officer
    LAWYER Kathrina Trinio-Caña is set to return as the election officer of Bacolod City on July 1, 2022.Trinio-Caña, currently an acting election officer of San Carlos City, said Tuesday, June 21, that she already received a communication from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Central Office about their assignments.The commission directed all regional election directors, provincial election supervisors, field officers and personnel who were reassigned during the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections to return to the stations where they were assigned prior to the nationwide reassignment.Lawyer Revo Sorbito, who is the acting election officer of Bacolod City, will also… Read more »
  • Tour of the Fireflies
    NEGROS. Heavy downpour has not stopped about 600 bikers from the Fifth District of Negros Occidental from finishing the 58- kilometer short route and 94-kilometer long route during the 7th Tour of the Fireflies hosted by the City Government of Himamaylan Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Mayor Raymund Tongson (inset photo) led the opening program of the annual event which is part the celebration of the 30th Provincial Environment Month celebration themed "Only One Earth." (Ryan Francis Pabiana photo) Read more »
  • Romblon lawmaker bucks postponement of SK polls
    ROMBLON Representative Eleandro Jesus Madrona said that while he is backing the postponement of the barangay elections, he has reservations about the proposal to also postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.Madrona led some Romblon officials who visited to Negros Occidental yesterday, June 20, to learn the province's best practices.He said that if the SK elections will be postponed too, the concern is about being the over-aged incumbent officials."In Congress, we are guided by the mandate of the majority and I am a member of that," Madrona said, pointing out that "we heard there will be postponement but there is a… Read more »
  • Incoming administration to dissolve Bacolod EOC
    BACOLOD City Councilor Al Victor Espino has expressed support to the plan of mayor-elect Alfredo Benitez to dissolve the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and instead task to the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) the city's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response.Benitez earlier said that the EOC was designed to respond in pandemic situations, but for now, the Covid-19 pandemic has not much activity or operations."So, let's collapse it to the one department, which is the DRRMO," the mayor-elect said.The EOC was formed by outgoing Mayor Evelio Leonardia to lead the city's Covid-19 response including the vaccination program.Espino said Benitez wants to… Read more »
  • 2 drowning victims found
    TWO drowning victims were found in Calatrava town and San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Sunday, June 19.The body of Romeo Era, 31, of Barangay Bandila in Toboso town, was fished out from the sea waters off Barangay Suba in Calatrava around 6:30 a.m.Fisherman Gilbert Villaquatro told the police that while he was fishing, he saw a floating object from afar.Curious of what he saw, Villaquatro came near it and learned that it was a body of a man, the police said.He asked for help from other fishermen to bring the body to the shore. The body was later identified… Read more »
  • PCG to look into drug shipments at Negros Occidental seaports
    THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is going to look into the incidents of illegal drugs being shipped into Negros Occidental through various sea ports, its official said Monday, June 20.Its spokesperson, Commodore Armand Balilo, said the PCG is getting its cue from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), as they are the ones involved in the intelligence works pertaining to illegal drugs shipment."Strict security measures will still be in place to prevent entrance of illegal drugs and other contrabands in the sea ports and coastal areas (in the province)," he said.But Balilo admitted that they cannot assign more personnel at… Read more »
  • Push for NIR revival under Marcos admin gets boost
    NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has expressed excitement on the possibility of reviving the Negros Island Region (NIR), as well as on the construction of the bridge linking the island with Guimaras and Panay.Earlier, Bacolod City Mayor-elect Alfredo Benitez said these proposals had the support of incoming President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.With this, the governor said, he saw good things ahead for Negros Occidental."We have manifested before the advantages of NIR and it is still the same reason why we want it (back)," he said.Lacson said that what is good right now is that the proposed NIR is going… Read more »
  • BCPO probes 'gun-for-hire' amid spate of killings
    AUTHORITIES are now investigating the alleged presence of gun-for-hire suspects amid the series of killing incidents in the Negros Occidental capital city.Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, director of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said Monday, June 20, that they are not discounting the possibility that "guns-for-hire" are in Bacolod since about nine shooting incidents were already reported from June 1 to 19, 2022.The latest shooting incident happened on Sunday evening, June 19, when a tricycle driver was killed by an unidentified assailant on Adelfa Street, Barangay 31.Police identified the fatality as Christopher Guanzon, 38, of Purok Progreso, in the city's… Read more »
  • Robbery suspect falls; cohort evades arrest
    A SUSPECTED robber was apprehended in a follow-up operation after he and his cohort reportedly ransacked their neighbor's residence in Barangay Alim, Himoba-an town, Negros Occidental Saturday, June 18.Major Clifford Batadhay, Hinobaan police chief, said they did not recover the items from suspect John Ric Singson, 21, a laborer of the barangay's Purok Dos.Batadhay said the items were stolen from the house of Ma. Theresa Tuballa, who was with another suspect Armando Catubay, 31, who evaded arrest.He said they are still checking if the two have previous records with the police station.Investigation showed that one of the suspects entered the… Read more »
  • Cop in 'hot water' for shooting construction worker
    A POLICEMAN assigned at Police Station 2 in Bacolod City is now in "hot water" after he was involved in a shooting incident that injured two persons, including a construction worker, shortly after midnight Sunday, June 19.Major Ritchie Gohee, commander of Police Station 4, said Police Master Sergeant Jeff Desucatan, of Barangay Alijis, was detained.Desucatan reportedly shot Richard Jimenez, 30, a construction worker, and resident of the city's Barangay 26 along Rizal Street following an argument.Investigation showed that Desucatan was walking when Jimenez confronted and threatened him.Desucatan took his gun and fired warning shots, but Jimenez took a bottle and… Read more »
  • Lawmaker cites bills, more projects for Third District
    NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Jose Francisco "Kiko" Benitez assured Saturday, June 18, that he will file more bills and spearhead additional health projects as he is given another term to serve his constituents.At his State of the District Address and inauguration at the Event Center of Magikland in Silay City, the reelected congressman also cited relevant bills that he sponsored during his first term of office.Benitez, who took his oath of office before Silay City outgoing Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, also inducted into office some officials of the locality led by Silay Vice Mayor Tom Ledesma."The last two years… Read more »
  • Benitez to name members of 'truth commission' on June 28
    BACOLOD Mayor-elect Alfredo "Albee" Benitez said he will present the members of the Truth Commission that he will be creating on June 28.Benitez, on the sidelines of the State of the District Address of his brother, Third District Representative Jose Francisco "Kiko" Benitez, on Saturday, June 18, at Magikland in Silay City, said heading the commission will be a former state auditor.While he did not name the appointee, he said the commission will be under the City Legal Office.Benitez has emphasized the need for the creation of the "truth commission" so that his administration would start clean in implementing programs… Read more »
  • Bacolod honors top taxpayers, frontliners
    FOR battling coronavirus disease (Covid-19) "head-on," frontlines and top taxpayers were awarded by the City Government during Bacolod's 84th Charter Day celebration on Saturday, June 18.Re-electionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian was the guest of honor and speaker at the Charter Day rites held at the Bacolod Government Center, although he only delivered his message through a recorded video due to the sudden change of schedule.Gatchalian expressed his gratitude to the people of Bacolod for supporting him in May 9 elections, as he reiterated his promise during the campaign that he will push for the conduct of face-to-face classes for all schools.He… Read more »
  • PRO-Western Visayas: Arrest, prosecute suspects in Bacolod killings
    POLICE Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas Director Flynn Dongbo ordered the local police to conduct a thorough investigation on the series of shooting incidents in Bacolod City.Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Solis, spokesperson of PRO-Western Visayas, told SunStar Bacolod Saturday, June 18, that the top police official in the region has likewise ordered the arrest of the perpetrators and the filing of airtight cases against them.To deter more shooting incidents from transpiring, Solis said Dongbo wanted the police visibility maximized especially in strategic areas.For this month alone, eight shooting incidents took place in this highly urbanized city, claiming the lives of six victims.Shortly… Read more »
  • Benitez: Bacolod, Dumaguete regional centers under new NIR bill
    THE cities of Bacolod and Dumaguete in Negros Occidental and Oriental, respectively, will host the regional line agency offices under the new Negros Island Region (NIR) bill to be filed by all congressmen in Negros as the 19th Congress opens on July 1, an official said.Reelected Negros Occidental Third District Representative Jose Francisko "Kiko" Benitez, on the sidelines of his inauguration and oath-taking held at the Magikland Theme Park in Silay City over the weekend, said the main offices for infrastructure type agencies would be in Bacolod City with branches and extension offices in Dumaguete City.Also based on their agreement… Read more »
  • Farmer hacks to death own son over misunderstanding
    INSTEAD of happily celebrating Father's Day on June 19, a farmer is languishing behind bars a day after he hacked to death his own son due to a misunderstanding at the mountainous area of Barangay Maaslob, about 10 kilometers from the town proper of Calatrava, Negros Occidental.Major Lidawan Lumayen, Police chief of Calatrava, said the suspect, Rubico Bini Sr., 65, of the barangay's Sitio Hakpan, regretted what he has done but his other son is not willing to forgive him.Witnesses said Carlito Bini, 42, confronted his father when he heard the sound of a chainsaw and saw the latter cutting… Read more »
  • Lightning kills 1, injures 3 others in Sipalay City
    A TREE-PLANTING activity turns tragic as one person died while three others are in critical condition after they were hit by a lightning in Sitio Don Jose, Barangay Manlucahok in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental around 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 17.The fatality was identified as Christian Escarlan, 20 years old.Injured were Johnrey Villacora, 21; Cristina Lavilla, 20; and their 16-year-old male companion.Dionilo Bogtae, executive assistant on public safety of Sipalay City, said the victims were walking towards the area where they were supposed to plant trees as part of the government’s National Greening Program.Bogtae, also the head of the Sipalay Emergency… Read more »
  • Teacher dies in road mishap
    A retired teacher died after he was side-swiped by a car reportedly being driven by a lawyer along La Salle Avenue in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City past 9 p.m., June 16.Major Ritchie Gohee, commander of Police Station 4, said yesterday, June 17, that Aquilino Cambelisa Jr., 63, of Purok Bulak in the city’s Barangay Mandalagan.Investigation showed that the victim was crossing the street while vehicle driven by lawyer Roger Jalandoon, of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental was heading east when the accident happened.Gohee said that Cambelisa was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, but he did not… Read more »
  • Electric Coops: increase in generation charges triggers electricity hike 
    The three electric cooperatives in Negros Occidental has announced slight increases in the residential rates for the month of June.Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), acting manager Ervin Stan Leo Ticar said that average residential rate for the billing month of June 2022 is P12.1171 per kWh, an increase of P0.9770 kWh, from last month’s rate of P11.1401 per kWh.The hike can be attributed to the increase in generation, transmission and system loss charges caused by the surge in Psalm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) fuel rate, increase in power cost and other pass through charges such as Value Added Tax, Ticar… Read more »
  • NegOcc, Bacolod dengue cases still rising
    Dengue cases in Negros Occidental including its capital Bacolod City continue to rise, records from the Department of Health in Region 6 showed yesterday.There are six new cases in Negros Occidental bringing the total number of cases to 984 as of June 4 or 984 percent higher than that of the same period last year.Kabankalan City has the highest recorded dengue cases with 48 followed by Himamaylan City and Hinigaran town with 35 cases and La Carlota City with 25.In Bacolod City, four new cases were recorded making the total number of residents falling ill to the mosquito-borne disease climb… Read more »
  • Preliminary probe up on complaints against doctors, medical staffs
    Preliminary investigation is now ongoing to ascertain the administrative liabilities of three doctors and two staff members from two Negros Occidental-run hospitals.Atty. Alberto Nellas Jr., provincial legal officer, said yesterday, June 17, said that the preliminary investigation was conducted after the Department of Health (DoH) referred the complaints to them.Nellas said the complaints involved two doctors from Isabela town, who were complaining for behavioral issues.The other complaint was lodged against another doctor and the two staff members from La Carlota City for alleged illegal transactions, he said.“Once (the preliminary investigation is done, we will refer this to Dr. Ernell Tumimbang,… Read more »