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Korean Gang Nam Festival Set in Bacolod August 15

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One of the important items taken up during the press conference of Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella yesterday held at the People’s House, was that Korean Ambassador to the Philippines, His Exellency Lee Hyok, in a recent meeting, requested that a Korean Gang Nam Festival be held in Bacolod City. The date set is August l5, 2014 and that it be held for several days.

The Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella (R) with newly appointed City hall Spokesman Atty. Lyzander Bong Dilag at the People’s House yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Mayor Puentevella said that this is the first time that such a festival will be held outside Korea.

Puentevella said, "The activity will give a big boost to our tourism efforts as I am not satisfied with our tourism growth which is bordering only about 29 percent. This affair will attract thousands of Koreans from their country as well as very attractive to Koreans in our city as well as all over our country."

He also announced that effective July 23, 2014, Atty. Bong Dilag has been appointed as one of his official spokesmen. That Dilag’s appointment will augment his present staff as he has already tapped the services of his active spouse, Mrs. Josefa "Patching" and some of his sons to help in this endeavor.

Central Negros Command Cites Successes Achieved (Part I)

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A spokesman for Central Negros of the Leonardo Panaligan command, has once more declared that inspite of government claims that they are whittling down guerrilla forces nationwide and causing serious setbacks to the revolutionary movement through arrests of many of their leaders, the guerrillas recruits have increased substantially by 40 percent in their front alone.

KOREANS SIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH USLS. City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) with Choi Kyong Hel, JeonJu National University of Education President Yoo Kwang Chan, Ph.D, Park June Chul and University of Saint La Salle Director for External Relations Rhoderick Samonte during their courtesy call yesterday. The Korean nationals are here in the city to sign an exchange program Memorandum of Agreement with USLS and a future collaboration with the city wherein they are willing to donate used computers to public schools.*

Ka JB Regalado also announced in a statement released on tape that the number of people in mass bases have also increased by several folds as well, and that they are determined to eliminate incidence of criminality as well, oftentimes committed by soldiers, paramilitary unit members of the CAFGUs, bandits and abusive armed groups tolerated by the military in their area of operations in Central Negros where the 11th IB and 12th IB units are deployed.

Arles Murder Case to Quezon City RTC

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The trial of the murder case against seven accused in the ambush-slay of the late Kabankalan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Henry Arles will now be transferred from the Kabankalan RTC to a Quezon City RTC sals.

ABK3 LEAP Project Director Daphne Culanag briefs social workers, planning officers and partners on the update on the child labor situation in the country and how the recently launched Child Labor Monitoring System is vital in reaching the vision of a Child Labor Free Negros Occidental.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

Atty. Frank Britanico, brother-in-law of Judge Arles and lawyer of the Arles family, he received an order from the Supreme Court (SC) granting the petition filed last year by the late judge’s son, Philip, who sought for the change of venue from Kabankalan to Metro Manila "due to threat and intimidation".

Britanico told NDB that the High Court ordered Kabankalan RTC Judge Fernando Elumba to deliver all court records to Quezon City RT C for disposition.

"The 4 out of 7 accused who remain at large are Marvin Salve, Rustom Puro, Emman Medes and Gerald Tabujara and those detained at the Kabankalan detention cell are Jessie Daguia, Capunong and Fortunado - all known members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) operating in southern Negros Occidental.*(Clarence Locsin)

2nd Mayor Monico Cup for PWDs Held in USLS

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Association of Disabled Persons (ADP), in cooperation with the University of St. La Salle Varsity Sports Office, held the 2nd Mayor Monico Cup for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), July 22.

2nd Mayor Monico Cup participants in action

Agri Sector has Biggest Number of Child Labor

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The 2011 data from the Statistics Office showed that 62 percent of the children engaged in child labor are found in the agriculture sector including fishing.

Statistics showed that out of 29.02 million Filipino children aged 5-17 years old, 3.03 million were found to be engaged in child labor and 62 percent are working in sugarcane farms, fishing industries, among others.

Out of 3.03 million child laborers, 2.99 are in hazardous work conditions.

Mr X Fished Out of Bacolod Waters

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Instead of catching fish, fishermen from Brgy. Singcang-Airport yesterday morning found the body of unidentified man floating along the waters of Baybay Locsin, Villa Servando Subdivision.

Reports from Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) said the body was found about 7AM yesterday and estimated to be 40-50 years old and was wearing brown-colored short pants without upper garment.

Probers also found minor scratches on the body and already requested for autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Silay City Youth Salvaged in Guihulngan City, Mutilated

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A young man from Sipalay City was found dead in Gabung-Gabungan Subvillage, Poblacion, Guihulngan City and was badly mutilated obviously without a fight. His hands were tied behind his back, his mother Gina Orencio Amaro, told newsmen during an interview yesterday morning in a restaurant downstairs the NPC building.

Excel Vet Conducts 2-Day Mission in Cadiz

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CADIZ CITY - Residents who are engaged in backyard animal raising in six barangays here can avail of various services starting today, July 24 until July 25.

Excel Vet will conduct the free consultations, deworming and vitamins which can be availed by those who registered.

Excel Vet is the distributor of veterinary products in the province. The group will assemble at the Barangay Hall of each barangay.

Mr. Jun Figueroa of Negros Agrivet supply based here is coordinating the 2-day veterinary mission.

2nd Batch of CBNU Volunteers Begin Mission in Bago City

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The 2nd Batch of 2014 Summer Chonbuk National University Overseas Volunteer Corps started their volunteer work at B. Araneta Elementary School, Bago City on July 22, Tuesday.

2nd Batch of CBNU volunteers

USLS, Jeonju NU of Education Sign MOU

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University of St. La Salle (USLS) and Jeonju National University of Education in South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), July 22.

Jeonju NU of Education Kwang-Chan Yoo exchanges signed MOU document with USLS President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC.*

New CHMSC-Fortune Towne BSBA Chair Named

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By James U. Sy Jr.

Dr. Jay Jay M. Pisueña was recently designated as the new Chairperson of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Program at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC)-Fortune Towne Campus, Bacolod City, with a designation order dated June 30, 2014 duly signed by Dr. Renato M. Sorolla, SUC President II, with Special Order No. 37, series of 2014.

Dr. Jay Jay M. Pisueña

Alleged NPA Casualties in Central Negros Barefaced Life – NPA Spokesman

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The supposed casualties of the New People’s Army (NPA) in an "encounter" bared by the army spokesman last week, did not belong to the rebel movement, but were actually members of the Barangay Defense System (BDS) in the village, with the barefaced lie part of a cover-up by 303rd Brigade CO, Col. Jon Aying, the deputy spokesperson, a woman who called herself Ka Anne Jacinto her nom de guerre said in an interview yesterday morning by "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program host Jeffrey Gelangre and Edgar Cadagat. She could have been in Negros Island.

At SM City Bacolod:PDRRMC Offers Free Blood Typing, Hematocrit and BP Check

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The Province of Negros Occidental’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council opened yesterday (July 23, 2014) an exhibit on disaster preparedness and emergency response in celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month at the east bridgeway of SM City Bacolod.

BULAWAN AWARDS 2014: Gathers Negros Producers

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Arts and Crafts, Furniture and fixtures as well as food are on display at the Robinson’s Place Bacolod where members of the Association of Negros Producers showcase various products of its members at the Fountain area. The week-long display is filled with proud Negrense Crafts and Artworks, food suppliers as well as botanical lovers have come to put up their respective display booths.

Nunistelle Fulo - Lee renders an ethnic dance during the opening ceremony of the 24th Bulawan Awards.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Action on Vandalism, Hooliganism Taken by Talisay City Gov’t Chief Exec

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Widespread concerns and apprehensions about the dangers of traveling on the Bacolod-Silay Airport highway will now be resolved with a P40-M budget from the national government approved and the unlighted portion of the stretch of roadway will now be lighted especially in the evening when those involved in vandalism, for one, throwing stones and rocks, will now be dissuaded from carrying out their dastardly task, Rane Azue, authorized to speak in behalf of Mayor Eric Saratan bared in an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program, Tuesday this week.

2 Drivers in Hot Water in Calatrava Filling Materials Mess

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Two Calatrava town employees are in hot water for diverting filling materials for government project to private construction site last June.

Calatrava mayor Araceli Somosa has created an investigating body about the mess.

She assures the culprits will be dealt accordingly, even if they are her followers.

The town’s Sangguniang Bayan also conducted a separate probe in aid of legislation.

Arles Scion Notice Fruitless Efforts of Police in Arresting the Accused

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Philip Arles, son of the late Judge Henry Arles, noticed that the efforts of the police in Kabankalan City seem fruitless because until now, they have not apprehended the accused for the murder of his father.

SP Urges PNP, DPWH, LGUs Provide Security Measures at Bacolod Airport Access Road

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The members of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City have approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito to request the offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), police, local government units

to put up security measures and facilities to safeguard the lives and properties of motorists passing the access road to the Bacolod Airport.

Church Make Recommendation: Total Ban for Wet & Wild Parties

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"Indecent activities like wet & wild parties are not giving benefit at all to the youths. It does not promote good values because what you see from such parties are no longer beneficial to them."

Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director, Social Action Center, diocese of Bacolod, opts for total ban of Wet and Wild parties in the city.* (EBColmo)

Thus said Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Bacolod.

CENECO Conducts Disaster Preparedness Seminar

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) Management, through the Administrative and Human Resource Management Division (AHRMD), and in cooperation with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO)–Bacolod City, conducted a series of seminars on disaster preparedness to 348 employees last July 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2014 at the CENECO 3rd floor Annex Building.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS. (above photo) Mr. Aaron Bais talks about climate change to CENECO employees. (photo below, L-R) CENECO HRD Training Coordinator Jael Bona, DRRMO Training Coordinator Leizl Solveza, Typhoon and Flood Trainer Rev. Narciso Posadas, Earthquake Trainer Mr. Joel Legaspi, Capt. Mario Jocson of the Philippine Coast Guard, CENECO GM Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., Climate Change Trainer Mr. Aaron Bais and CENECO AHRMD Chief Ma. Agnes Claro during the culmination of the Disaster Preparedness Seminar on July 11, 2014.*

Calatrava Pushes for Cityhood

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Calatrava Mayor Araceli T. Somosa is pushing for the cityhood of her town for the benefit of her constituents.

Somosa said the Sangguniang Bayan resolution was already passed during the time of Mayor Samuel Fabroz, but local officials did not grab the opportunity to make it a city even ahead of the city of Escalante.

Its income is that of a first class town based on the 2007 Census.

In the entire requirement for cityhood, Calatrava is qualified, she added.

Brgy. Sum-ag Officials Donate Electrical, Cooking Tools to School

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The excess electrical materials from the barangay electrician training of Brgy. Sum-ag were donated by the village officials to Sum-ag National High School. Brgy. Capt. Rodney Carmona said it is timely because many classrooms of the school have obsolete electrical wirings and need replacement.

2GO Group Renews Partnership to Promote Science & Technology

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Close to 250,000 students, teachers and visitors experienced fun and discovery with Philippine Science Centrum Traveling Exhibit of the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) during its entire run all over the country in 2013.

In set of photo: (upper left) Sci-Fi Caravan in Cebu City, (upper right) Science Adventures in Roxas City, and (above) renewal of partnership with 2GO Group, Inc. executives and officers of PFST held at the Philippine Science Centrum in Marikina City last June 11, 2014.*

‘Illegal Slaughtering’ Busted, BMMC Pathway Closure Settled

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Community vigilance and peaceful negotiations with rightful owners produce positive result. A day before the intended closure of the pathway at the Bacolod Murcia Milling Corporation in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, the illegal slaughterer of animals was caught red handed by the vigilant residents of Brgy. 41. Led by Brgy. Capt. Leonilo Colegado, with Kagawads Darie Penuela and Richard Derla, and tips from the residents in Purok 3, Brgy. 41, people slaughtering the animals near the well used by the residents were surprised being caught unaware

‘Buriring’ Festival Set in Cadiz City, Say Officials

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"Buriring" Festival is set to be held next month (August) in Cadiz City.

The date of its celebration is still to be finalized, being first to be celebrated in the city, the City Tourism Office disclosed.

"Buriring" is a small pufferfish and is one of the delicacies in this northern part of Negros Occidental, a seashore city, which is about 65 kilometers from Bacolod City.

Camella Homes Workers Paid by their Subcontractor, Masters, Inc. Backwages, Ungranted Benefits

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Workers belonging to the Regional Alliance of General Employees (RAGE), have been paid a total of over P2-M by the construction company, Masters, Inc. which is the contractor of the Camella Homes, the subdivision developer owned by the family of former Senator Manny Villar and by his wife, Cynthia Aguilar Villar, presently a senator in the House of Senate.

MC-Rider Shoots La Castellana Man

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Police authorities in La Castellana town are in pursuit of the suspects who shot a 31-year old local, Monday evening.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) report identified the victim as Rodmil Homboy, of Purok Riverside, Bonifacio Extension in Brgy. Robles who sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the hands, shoulder and most of the left portion of his body.

Cash, Valuables Stolen in 2 Separate Robberies

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Two houses were robbed separately by suspects, one of them positively identified by the owners, early morning Monday and Sunday evening in Hinigaran town.

Theft and robbery section of Hinigaran Police reported that about 1AM, Monday, the house of Jeremy Bermejo, 26, located at Zone 3, Brgy. II Poblacion was entered by the suspect, he identified as Arman Bolina, 30, of Purok Kalubihan.

Bermejo told police that he caught the suspect in his house stealing his P5,000 cash placed inside the pocket of his jacket.

AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude Part II

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Retired Col. Isabelo delos Reyes, former civil military operations (CMO) officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade said, Gen. Bautista is soft spoken but firm, approachable and does not burst. He is not bossy to the junior officers and men. He implemented Bayanihan program by involving all sectors in delivering services to the hinterlands as a way of attaining peace which is a show window of the AFP. While he rigidly implement the Bayanihan concept of peace, Gen. Bautista at the same time worked for economic development of the community.

Cops Neutralize Rob Gang

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Following the arrest of notorious gang members in Negros Occidental, recently, police authorities were able to neutralize robbery incidents in the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and Bago; and EB Magalona and Manapla towns.

For several years, the Seva Robbery Group known as D’BROTHERS exist and continue to engage in robbery/hold up, murder, homicide and thievery victimizing the people in the identified areas.

Their presence prior to the arrest lessen the community’s confidence in the police force in carrying out its duty of maintaining peace and order.

Motorcycle-Riding Man Shot Dead

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A man riding on a motorcycle with his live-in partner was shot dead by an unidentified suspect along Sitio Tanquinto in Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City at about 5:30 Saturday afternoon.

Supt. Leo Batiles identified the victim as Juvy Carbaquil Enao, 38, single, of Sitio Lamac in Brgy. Rizal, Escalante.

Enao sustained a gunshot wound in the head and fell from the motorcycle, along with his live-in partner, Jennifer Nillamo Canoy, 26 yrs. old.

Canoy told police investigators she heard a shot and saw the victim fall from the motorcycle that caused them to outbalance.

Murcia Mayor Montelibano, Cuadra Ink 4.6-ha. Land Donation

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Murcia Mayor Andrew L. Motelibano and donor Jesus Ramon Cuadra inked the Deed of Donation of the 4.6 hectares land in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia.

The area will be developed to "Good AM! Teacher’s Village." It will provide houses to more than 350 teachers that Montelibano referred to as "modern day heroes worthy of decent and affordable homes."

PWDs Celebrate 36th Anniversary

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The Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) of Bacolod City celebrated their 36th anniversary last July 18, 2014 by staging an "Angel Walk" and "Musical Variety Show" which was held at the SM Mall in Bacolod City.

Some of the 400 PWDs join the "Angel Walk".

Miss Tourism Int’l Winners Take SuperCat to Tagbilaran

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Five global beauties ply the luxurious SuperCat from Cebu to Tagbilaran as part of their tour to promote Philippine tourism.

IN PHOTO: (from left) Kylie Miller of New Zealand, Lucie Klukava of Czech Republic, Thu Phan of Vietnam, Maria Rautio of Finland, and Lisa Karlsdottir of Iceland.*

2nd Committee Hearing on Proposed GK Week Held Yesterday

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Councilor Claudio Jesus Raymundo "Kalaw" Puentevella’s proposal to declare the first of week of October of every year as Gawad Kalinga (GK) Week has reached its second committee hearing yesterday at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella heading the second committee hearing of his Gawad Kalinga Week proposal yesterday at the Bacolod SP Session Hall.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Anti-Graft Corruption Training Attracts Various Negros Sectors, Media

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The training session on good government, public finance and on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the first session of three scheduled sessions lasting until October this year, attracted 37 participants in attendance coming from various sectors both in the city and in the province.

2 Soldiers Killed; Another Injured in Clash

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Two soldiers of the 47th Infantry Battalion based in Himamaylan City were killed and another was injured in an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at 2:15PM Thursday in Sitio Madaha, Brgy. Buenavista in the city.

City Mayor Agustin Ernesto Gatuslao Bascon condemned the incident claiming this will create fear and chaos among residents.

Bascon claimed the soldiers are helping the city identify the issues in the barangay and nearby places.

Buenavista is a progressive barangay about 20 kilometers from the city proper, Bascon added.

Huge Unpaid Gov’t Bills Hinder CENECO’s Major Repair Jobs

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The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) has lots of major repair jobs, like replacing primary poles and lines to prevent or significantly minimize power outages which can occur even just by a touch of small leaves.

Oher poles are also already reclining, but we find difficulty in doing repair jobs due to limited funds. The huge unpaid electric bills of the government is major factor that hinder our major repair jobs.

Thus said CENECO General Manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr. in a weekend interview.

Anger & Stress Management Seminar Set July 24

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In these hard times, this is one rare opportunity needed - whether one is in business and employment, learning or teaching, or just plainly "manning the streets".

Gamboa Tells Sugar Workers to ‘Shape Up or Perish’

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Other than the issue on wages, Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. urged sugar workers Saturday to set discussions on two pressing issues that could spell the survival of the sugar industry – land reform and globalization.

Gamboa was one of the speakers in a workers’ economic forum organized by the Grand Alliance of Workers’ Association (GAWA) during which he stressed to sugar workers not to sulk against these two "irreversible givens" pictured as the "hammer and sickle".

VMC Launches 2nd Art Tilt Expands Scope in the Whole Province

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Victorias Milling Company, Inc. (VMC) announces the opening of its Victorias 2014 Art Contest with the theme "The Vibrant Victorias: Ready for Globalization."

On its second year and part of their 95th anniversary celebration, Victorias is expanding its art tilt into four categories, opening the competition to amateur and professional artists all over Negros Occidental.

Contingency Plans on NegOcc Flooding Up

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Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) went through a three-day workshop on Contingency Planning formulation with particular focus on flooding at the Nature’s Village Resort and Hotel in Talisay City.

Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council formulate the province’s Contingency Plan on flooding during a workshop organized by the PDRRMC and the Office of the Civil Defense 6 at Nature’s Village Hotel in Talisay City. * (EAD-PIA6 photo)

MC-Rider Killed in Head-On Collision

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A motorcycle rider died while being treated at a hospital in Bacolod City for injuries due to a head-on collision with a truck, Saturday evening in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City.

Police record showed Norberto Domingo, 40, of Brgy. Sum-ag was heading North direction along the national highway of Purok Ajinomoto, Brgy. Taloc on board his Rusi motorcycle when he tried to overtake a cargo truk when it accidentally bumped against an oncoming Mitsubishi Fighter truck with plate number BTG 958 driven by Armando Babor, 39, of Canlaon City.

City Vet Office to Conduct Mass Vaccination Drive

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In line with their continuing effort to vaccinate 80% of the dog and cat population of the city, the Bacolod City Veterinary Office will be conducting a Barangay Mass Vaccination campaign in 12 barangays starting today, July 21.

The campaign will run until September starting with Barangay Punta Taytay on July 21-22, followed by Barangay Cabug (July 23-24), Barangay Handumanan (July 28, 30, 31 and August 1), Barangay Felisa (August 4-6), Barangay Alijis (August 11-15), Barangay Vista Alegre (August 18-22) and Barangay Bata (August 26-29).

‘Basura Baylo Bugas’ Stirs Residents

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As part of environmental advocacy and food for work program, a project dubbed - Basura Baylo Bugas (garbage in exchange of rice) was held over the weekend in Brgy. Singcang Airport in Bacolod City.

It was a joint efforts of the Bacolod City Host Lions Club, Jaime Ongpin Foundation Embrace program, offices of Bacolod Councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito, and Barangay Singcang Airport officials led by Brgy. Capt. Rosinie Distrito.

Mondays in Talisay City

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It has always been a practice in government offices and facilities to conduct the Monday flag ceremonies, so until now, the tradition lives on.

TALISAY CITY Mayor Eric Saratan egularly announces the city’s projects and other important endeavors during Monday’s program at the Talisay City Hall grounds. *(Owen S. Bayog / NDB photo)

Cops Find Abandoned Checks Inside 3 Steel Boxes

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Escalante City PNP recovered abandoned checks inside three steel boxes in Sitio Varca in Brgy. Jonob-Jonob, in the city at about 3PM Wednesday.

Jonob-Jonob is located outside of the city going to Toboso town.

City PNP chief, Supt. Leo Batiles said a passer-by found the three steel boxes beside a sugarcane field in the area.

Eleven checks with total amount of P740, 830 were found.

The amount is part of P2-M in cash and checks taken from a vault destroyed by robber susing chisel and hammer at the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office.

Brainsbee Week 3 Reaches More

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 Close to two 2,000 elementary pupils and high school students have already pitted skills in Spelling,Mmath and Science in 59 out of the total 115 barangays of the province's third district as the community-based academic competition, Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3, reached its third weekend in July 19 and 20, 2014.

Bagtic, Silay winners. Jicky Casiple from office of Cong. Albee Benitez, coach Winona Gonzales, Ella Mae Pesquera, Junbert Salem Cristobal and Kagawad Gracel Balongo.

AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude (Part 1)

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Army Gen. Emmanuel Bautista was sent off Friday by no less that President Noynoy Aquino at a simple ceremony, as he retires from government service, with the last position as Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, author of Bayanihan Concept advocacy, his legacy in the AFP in winning the peace and addressing insurgency.* Photo from 3rd Infantry Division, PA

ALS, an Alternative Towards a Better Future

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An estimated of 2,500 students in the City of Bacolod have attended the Alternative Learning System (ALS) General Orientation at BAYS Center last July 18, 2014.

Spearheaded by Dr. Gregorio C. Moyani, Education Program Specialist I, the activity was attended by City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya, City Councilors Wilson Gamboa, Ann Marie Palermo, Em Ang and Kalaw Puentevella.

Barangay Mass Vaccination Schedule 2014

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1. Barangay Punta-Taytay - July 21-22, 2014

2. Barangay Cabug - July 23-24, 2014

3. Barangay Handumanan - July 28,30,31, 2014

& August 1, 2014

4. Barangay Felisa - August 4-6, 2014

5. Barangay Alijis - August 11-15, 2014

6. Barangay Vista Alegre - August 18-22, 2014

7. Barangay Bata - August 26-29, 2014

8. Barangay Mandalagan - September 1-5, 2014

9. Barangay Banago - September 8-11, 2014

10. Barangay Montevista - September 12, 2014

11. Barangay Alangilan - September 15-19, 2014

Rolando "Junjun" Espina Jr.: Bacolod’s Gem in the Emerald Isle

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 He may look and talk like a typical overseas parent, but Rolando Espina Jr. had achieved something that only a handful of individuals would dare to tread: competing in a full distance Triathlon.

Rolando Espina, Jr. with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and veteran journalist Rolando Espina.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Raymundo de la Peña to be Interred Today

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 Raymundo de la Peña, 72 passed away last July 17, due to heart failure, will be interred today at the Silay City Catholic Cemetery.

The burial will follow after the 1:00 p.m. funeral mass which will be held at the San Diego Parish Cathedral.

He is survived by his spouse, Gloria de la Peña and children, Maria Tess, Neneng, Nene, Michael and Christopher.

De la Peña was a former employee of AIDSISA sugar mill in Silay City.* (WHOS)




Sampaguita Gives to ALS Learners

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Bacolod City Sampaguita Lions Club showed its active support in improving the standard of education in public schools in Bacolod City. The club visited Sum-ag Elementary School and Bata Elementary School 1 to turn over donations for the instructional materials at Sum-ag Elementary and school uniforms for the Alternative Learning System learners at Bata Elementary School 1.

SAMPAGUITA with ALS learners at Bata Elementary School.

NOPPO Beefs Up Drive vs Wanted Persons; 2 Nabbed for Homicide

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Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) and its police stations are strengthening the campaign against persons with warrant of arrest for various crimes.

Among their latest catch are two persons in separate operations.

PO3 Mark E. De Jose of Sipalay City PNP, with SPO3 Roderick Villanueva of Guihulngan Police jointly apprehended Rodolfo Alejano Jr. through an alias warrant of arrest for homicide charges.

Alejano was collared about 6:30AM, Wednesday at Don E. Villegas in Vallehermoso in Negros Oriental.

DOJ Dismisses Architect’s Tax Evasion Cases

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed all tax evasion cases filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against a Bacolod City-based architect.

DISASTER CONSCIOUSNESS. In celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) demonstrated a Fire and Earthquake Drill at the Negros Mission Academy in Barangay Taculing yesterday.*(CMO-PIO photo)

In a resolution, DOJ-Manila, in the criminal cases filed by the BIR, all the tax evasion cases against Architect Jose Edmundo J. Togado were dismissed.

The BIR under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program files criminal cases against taxpayers for tax evasion.

In 2012, Architect Togado was slapped with several cases for violations of the Tax Code, including the tax evasion cases for year 2007, 2008 and 2009.

All those tax evasion cases including the cases for his failure to register as a value-added taxpayer and for other alleged violation of the Tax Code were dismissed by the DOJ.

In an interview with Architect Togado he said that he is very happy with the resolution of the DOJ.

Gov. Marañon Attends SM’s Farmers Training Launch

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., yesterday attended the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program of the SM Foundation, Inc. in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture, Harbest Agribusiness Corp., and the municipal government of Toboso.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, and SM Foundation Asst. Vice President for Livelihood, Cristie S. Angeles (r-l) at the ceremonial planting of seedlings during the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program in Toboso, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

BACIWA Gets Seal of Good Environmental Governance

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The Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) was recently awarded by the provincial government the coveted Bronze Seal of Good Environmental Governance for its Watershed Project in Campuestohan, Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, during the 22nd Provincial Environment Week culmination program last June 27, 2014 at the Provincial Session Hall.

BACIWA GEN. MANAGER Juliana Carbon (5th from left) receives the Bronze Seal of Good Environmental Governance from Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (4th from left).*

CENECO Sets Power Interruption on Sunday

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on July 20, 2014 (Sunday), as follows:

Date: July 20, 2014 – Sunday

Time: 8:00AM to 5:00PM


· Replacement of rotten primary poles from corner BS Aquino Drive – La Salle Avenue to Riverside College, Barangay 5, Bacolod City

2 Drowned Youngsters Found; 1 Still Missing

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Two of the five youngsters who went to catch shrimps in the river of Hda. Crossing Pilar in Brgy. Crossing Magallon in Moises Padilla town were fished out in a river in Hacienda Antolanga, Brgy. Tinongan, Isabela 6:30 AM yesterday.

One of them remained missing as of press time.

Isabela police identified the victims as Michael Kenn Amantoy Pueda, 17 of Hda. Maria Cecilia in Brgy. Crossing Magallon; and Ronil Tadena Miraflores, 19 of Brgy. Baliwagan, San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

Missing is Jason Baladhay of Crossing Magallon.

17-Yr. Old Woman Found Dead in Waiting Shed

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A 17-year old girl was found dead in a waiting shed in Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod City at dawn yesterday.

Leah Perez of Brgy. Man-uling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental was founmd with an injury and hematoma in her left eye, bruises and abrasions in the body.

Police Inspector Wilfredo Gilonggo was able to identify the victim after dialing numbers in her cellphone and contacted the victim’s aunt in Cauayan.

Free Books and School Supplies

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Students of Barangay Balogo Elementary School in Talisay City got free books and school supplies from the city as assistance and ongoing priority project of Mayor Eric M. Saratan.

TALISAY CITY MAYOR SARATAN spends more time talking to the children of Balogo Elementary School during his recent visit and distribution of free books and school supplies. (TALISAY CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

SP Asks DPWH, Solon: Install Traffic Safety, Street Names on National Roads

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod approved the resolution of Councilor Caesar Distritio during midweek session, to request the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Cong. Evelio Leonardia to install traffic safety and street name signs in all national roads of the city.

The national roads particularly Lacson Street as one of the busiest streets in Bacolod City have no sufficient traffic safety signs, which pose danger to our constituents.

Training for Anti-Graft and Corruption Groups, Individuals Set

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 An anti-graft and corruption individuals and organizations are set to conduct a training on the whys and wherefores of anti-corruption advocacies, Saturday at a local restaurant in the city, with trainors from Metro Manila.

Stepdad Rapes 8-year old

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A grandmother of an 8-year-old girl was awakened by the latter’s loud cries and when she sneaked in to check her granddaughter, was stunned to see the girl’s naked stepfather on top of her. The incident happened at 1:00AM, Wednesday in Brgy. Bagumbayan, Valladolid town.

The 70-year-old grandmother reported to the Valladolid PNP at 1PM that day.

Police Chief Inspector Luisito Acebuche led his men to arrest Edgardo Palma Panaguiton, 33, about 3:30PM.

Depressed Man Hangs Self

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A 45-year-old man hanged himself inside his room in Purok Masagana, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Valladolid, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

His sister Jonna Barbosa found Danilo Huelar, 45, married, hanging from the house beam using a rope.

He was declared dead on arrival at Valladolid District Hospital.

Police Chief Inspector Luisito Acebuche said, the victim was having personal problem and become depressed.

Aside from personal problem, he also is suffering from a long lingering illness. Acebuche refuse to elaborate.

Gamboa Bares Savings from P1M Independence Day Budget

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Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. disclosed yesterday that for the first time savings of P345, 000.00 was achieved from the P1,000,000.00 budget earmarked for the 116th Independence Day Rites and Programs.

The P345, 000.00 savings will be reverted to the City’s Treasury that will eventually cover certain personnel expenses like bonuses and other benefits as deemed appropriate by the finance offices.

Gamboa is the over-all Chair of the Bacolod City 116th Independence Day Celebration, preparation of which was only two weeks.

TB Remains Major Challenge to Treat: DOH

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Although tuberculosis (TB) is easy to treat, but it remains a major challenge according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Ms. Lorna Garde, head, provincial National TB Program, Negros Occidental admits, TB is curable but some patients are hard to treat because they do not go out, or can not depart from their vices.* (EBColmo)

‘Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014’

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As the Bacolod City Police Office celebrates their 19th Police Community Relation month for the whole month of July 2014 with the theme"Pinaigting na Samahan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan",Bacolod City Police Office have the"Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014" which aimed at regaining the trust,support and cooperation of the people of Bacolod City.

Marapara Rotary Inducts New President

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The Rotary Club of Bacolod Marapara inducted its new president and set of officers for Rotary Year 2014-2015 at the 21 Restaurant in Bacolod City recently.

Ivan Ereneta is the club’s new president. He takes over from Fidel Henares.

Mr. Ereneta said the club will continue with its many community programs, especially its medical missions. He called for the continuing support of all club members.

Guest of honor and keynote speaker was Bacolod City Mayor, Monico Puentevella

The club also inducted Efren Chan and Joseph Cuansing as new members.

Familiaran Requests Negros Occs Congressmen: Donate Hemo Machine to WVRH

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Considering that most of the patients with kidney diseases are found in Negros Occidental, however, the hemodialysis machines at the Western Visayas Regional Hospital (WVRH) is not enough to serve the 99 hemo patients. Councilor ElCid Familiaran, chair, SP committee on health, resolve to request the Negrense congressmen, to donate hemodialysis machine.

Mayor on AVM Bernardo, Typhoon Glenda, Drainage & Education Standards

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has once again, stressed a press conference at the old City Hall building as the venue, that issues related to the antiquated drainage system in the city, AVM Bernardo slaughterhouse shot-through with various major defects, the city’s weaknesses when it comes to elementary and high school education, must be given solutions and resolutions because these are matters which need to be corrected with measures put in place.

Pointing to the direction of Tropical Storm "Glenda" at the Operations Center of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.*(CMO-PIO photo)

The Bacolod chief executive earlier referred to problems and defects in various points of governance in the chartered city which he inherited from the previous administration which had held the reins of local government for a successive three terms or nine years.

Another Guerilla Front Denounces RPA-ABB Commander-Turned Congressman

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 The spokesperson of the front guerilla command, the Armando Sumayang Command in Southwest Negros, has become the second of the revolutionary underground components to accuse its former member, Carapali Luwalhati or Stephen Paduano, erstwhile RPA-ABB national commander having turned into an enemy of their cause for becoming an instrument of these considered as the ruling elites in Philippine society.

Cops has Suspect in Escalante Heist; ‘To File Charges in 5 Days’

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After a thorough investigation, Supt. Leo Batiles, Escalante City police chief has identified the suspect in the emptying of the City Treasurer’s Office’ vault.

Batiles said yesterday he will not name the suspect in order not to pre-empt the filing of charges against him which he assures to be done in five days.

"If he does not admit openly, we will file the charges based on testimonies of witnesses and circumstantial evidences," Batiles added.

City Spared by TS ‘Glenda’ Mayor to Address Drainage Problem in Brgys 3, 4 & Others

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With Tropical Storm "Glenda" (International name "Rammasun") expected to be 450km West of Laoag City or outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, City Mayor Monico Puentevella once again thanked the Almighty for shielding Bacolod from her might.

"We have been spared by Glenda," expressed Puentevella in same cheery manner after Super Typhoon Yolanda made its way out of the province and the country November of last year.

Valladolid Cop Nabs Rape Suspect

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Local police authorities in Valladolid town arrested a rape suspect about 3:30PM, yesterday through a manhunt operation at Brgy. Bagumbayan of the said town.

PCInsp. Luisito Acebuche, police chief and his men arrested the suspect whose name was withheld after the complaint lodged against him by the 8-year old girl and her grandmother before the Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

Charges will be filed against him before the City Prosecutors Office, while the suspect is detained for further investigation.

2 Hurt in Grenade Explosion in Moises Padilla

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Two persons were wounded after a grenade exploded late Monday evening in Moises Padilla.

PSInsp. Joemarie G. Occeño and his men are in pursuit of the suspect who allegedly threw a grenade wounding two bystanders at Brgy. Macagahay, in the said municipality.

Brgy. Macagahay head Francisco Necesito told police probers that with his barangay tanods, they were responding to a commotion an hour before the explosion happened. He also claimed that they saw Joemar Valeriano, 24, also of the same place throw the grenade causing damages to the house owned by Joenel Anubong.

SP Urges DPWH, Cong Leonardia to Set Up Pedestrian Lanes Fronting SRA

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The resolution of Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chair, Women and Gender committee was approved during the midweek session to request the Office of Congressman Evelio Leonardia and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set up pedestrian lanes fronting the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) along Araneta Street, for the protection of persons crossing the highway.

The area, Verdeflor said, has thick commercial establishments and the fast moving motored vehicles are plying along the area.

Parolee Live-in Partner Admits Crime

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CADIZ CITY - In what could be expected, the live-in partner of murdered 33-year-old woman, admitted the crime to Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, city police chief after his surrender Monday.

Ricky Lamis, 46, of Sitio Pasto, Brgy. Magsaysay here admitted to Ulanday that he killed his live-in partner May Rose Gella, out of jealousy.

He earlier denied having a hand in the killing during media interview but later admitted the crime to Ulanday.

He said he was jealous that Gella had a foreigner chat mate.

The couple had been living in for eight years already.

Kabankalan Cop Hunts Suspect in Stabbing of Construction Men

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Policemen in Kabankalan City are in pursuit of the suspect involved in the stabbing of three construction workers, Sunday evening.

Victims were identified as Richard Entera Jr., 39, of La Libertad; Richard Saputalo, 25, of Brgy. Mabinay and Dalmacio Balansag, of La Libertad, all of Negros Oriental and workers of Dakay Construction.

The incident took place at Sitio San Juan, Brgy. Camugao in Kabankalan City about 10PM while the victims were walking towards their barracks.

La Carlota City HS Batch ’72 Conducts Feeding

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About 247 students from Grades 1 to 6 including pre-schoolers availed the Feeding Program of the La Carlota City High School Batch ’72 in Barangay Batuan Elementary School yesterday.

Rosa Abaygar receives her Certificate of Appreciation from Principal Brenda N. Nazareno of Barangay Batuan Elementary School for her outstanding support, cooperation in adopting the school and also recipient of the School Feeding Program of LCCHS Batch ’72 in the presence of Erlina Villarias, Joby Abaño and teachers* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

PAL Bacolod-Manila Vice Versa Flights Cancelled

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Philippine Air Lines (PAL) yesterday announced the cancellation of today’s flights between Bacolod and Manila.

BACOLOD MAYOR Monico O. Puentevella joins Meralco President Oscar Reyes (right) and PLDT President Polly Nazareno (left) in PLDT-Smart big boss Manuel V. Pangilinan’s birthday celebration.*

PAL said all Manila-Bacolod and Bacolod-Manila for July 16 are cancelled in anticipation of the landfall of Typhoon Glenda in Metro Manila.

The following Mnl-Bcd and Bcd-Mnl flights are cancelled: PR2914 -BCD MNL, PR2904 - BCD MNL, PR2906 BCD MNL, PR2908 BCD-MNL, PR2903 MNL-BCD, PR2905 MNL-BCD, PR2907 MNL BCD. "Rebooking fee are waived for affected passengers," it said.* (Elsie Jolingan)

Rebel Killed, Firearms Recovered in Encounter

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A rebel was killed as assorted firearms were recovered and nine other youngsters were arrested after an encounter with members of 11th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Mainit, Brgy. Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental about 6:15 a.m. Monday.

Barangay Santol is a hinterland place about 50 kilometers from the town proper near the Occidental and Oriental boundaries.

Man Hangs Self in Valladolid

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A 45-year old married man in Valladolid town was found hanging inside their house about 1AM, yesterday.

PCInsp. Luisito Acebuche, police chief reported that Danilo Huilar, of Purok Masagana, Brgy. Bagum-bayan was discovered by his family suspended inside their own home allegedly for personal problems.

According to his relatives the victim has previously attempted to end his life four times. No foul play was seen in the incident base on the investigation conducted by the local police authorities.* (Ritzy Robles Malo-oy)



Chonbuk NU Volunteer Corps Donates to GK in Manapla

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Chonbuk National University Overseas Volunteer Corps donated Php24,500 to Seafood City Gawad Kalinga Village at the Municipality of Manapla on July 10, Thursday.

Koreans enjoy their boodle fight lunch

PWD Week Launched

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The celebration of the National Disability Preventive and Rehabilitation Week was launched last Monday during the weekly Flag Raising Ceremony at the People’s House.

PWDs (l-r) Arnold, Lowell and Nonoy.

Bacolod City Councilor Ann Marie Palermo, chairperson of the Social Services Committee, in her message during the launching ceremonies stated:

Cebu Businessman Visits Monfort-Tadifa Vermi-Casting Farm

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Eddie Alegrado, a prominent businessman from Cebu City, together with his aide, Jan Castillo toured the Monfort-Tadifa Vermi-Casting Plant situated in Brgy. Mabini, Cadiz City over the weekend.

Cebu Businessman Eddie Alegrado (2nd from right) flanked by (l-r) Jan Castillo, Nonong Monfort, Santiago Tadifa and NDBs W. Henry O. Streegan.*

Kasalan Ng Bayan Weds Talisay Couples

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Yesterday’s Kasalan ng Bayan was not just an ordinary mass wedding ceremony but also the Wedding Anniversary of Mayor Eric Saratan and Talisay’s First Lady Shiela Yap-Saratan. Mayor Eric retold the love story of the first couple and shared tips on how to tread on the married life and the advantages of legitimizing those who have been living in and raising their respective families.

Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan shared his views on how couples tread the path to married life and start building their families.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Healing Through Art - An Art Exhibit by Rafael "Paeng" Paderna

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Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. is honored to present the works of Rafael Paderna though an exhibit entitled "Healing Through Art.".

Rafael Paderna is a name that conjures images of vividly colored paintings and graceful sculptures that invoke emotions because of their powerful messages. Both his paintings and sculptures have been recognized not only in the country, but abroad as well. Several of his works feature women having bigger hands which according to the

Robbers Empty Escalante City Hall Vault Inside Job Eyed; Big Amount Believed Taken

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A city hall janitor went early Sunday to clean his assigned area only to discover that the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) vault was emptied of its contents, including some P2 million in cash and checks.

‘CHILD LABOR or GO HUNGRY.’ This is a common sight not only along the Bacolod-Murcia-Salvador Benedicto-San Carlos eco-tourism highway. Kids skip school -- that is if they are enroled at all -- to help their parents sell foods and drinks to motorists and commuters to earn a living. Obviously they have no choice, or else they all go hungry.* (Arman Toga photo)

Woman’s Body Found

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The body of a woman earlier reported as missing for three weeks and four days, was found buried about 12:30PM, Sunday in Cadiz City.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) record identified the victim as Mayrose Gila, 33, of Purok Pasto, Brgy. Magsaysay.

Gila’s mother told police investigators that her daughter was missing since June 18 and was only discovered by her brothers Jun Mar and Januar about 150 meters away from their house.

Coastal, Flood Prone Areas Urged to Activate Rescuers

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Due to Tropical Storm "Glenda" (international name "Rammasun"), the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BCDRRMC) is requesting all Barangay DRRM Committees and rescue volunteers to be on full alert to aid flood prone and coastal barangays should the unexpected happen.

SP Okays Sports, Cultural Programs at BCC, Also Scholarships, Incentives

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Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella’s proposed ordinance to institutionalize sports and cultural programs and the provision of corresponding scholarship grants and incentives at the Bacolod City College (BCC) was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Puentevella detailed in his proposal the benefits of sports as an effective tool for human development, empowers the youth and promotes community development, friendship, fair competition and character building.

Murcia Local Busted for Drugs

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A 35-year old resident of Talisay City was arrested for violation of illegal drugs in a buy bust operation about 12:10PM, Sunday.

Police report said Patrick Hendry Sy, 35, of Brgy. Zone A in Talisay City was nabbed during a buy bust operation along the Provincial Highway, Brgy. Blumentritt in Murcia and recovered from his possession three sachets containing suspected shabu.

Also recovered from his possession was a marked P500 bill.

Talisay Grants Micro Loans for SMEs

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Small business entrepreneurs got micro finance assistance from the City of Talisay’s “Pautang sa Barangay”, an ongoing project of the city under the leadership of Mayor Eric Saratan.

HAPPY. Students of Talisay City get free books and school supplies from the City Government. Education earns one of the top spots in Mayor Saratan’s administration.* (Talisay CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

P90K Worth of Damages in Sunday’s 2 Fires Recorded

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A house and a commercial establishment were destroyed in separate fire incidents Sunday in Hinoba-an town and Silay City.

Reports from Hinoba-an Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) stated that the house rented by Noel Dojilla alias Tawi at Purok Everlasting, Brgy. Talacagay was damaged by fire about 1AM, Sunday.

Dojillo was reportedly attending a village fiesta at Sitio Dalaguit, Brgy. Bacuyangan. The damage reached about P40,000. Initial investigation said an electrical wire was being checked as the cause of incident.

PNoy’s Ulat: 10 Out of 11 Gave Nega Observation

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Among the underground economist, those selling foods along the sidewalk and those eating at sidewalk eateries while watching TV yesterday afternoon, gave negative observations on the Ulat ng Pangulo. They have unified reactions: “We can not understand President Pnoy. Why did he focus on defending the DAP, and disregard the plight of those allegedly in the pork scam? Instead, they rated the President 5 or below 5 at the scale of 10. Also, out of 11 respondents, 10 have said they can not understand his report why he seemed defensive on the DAP but silent on pork barrel.”

‘NFA Rice Cheap but Limited,’ Rural Folks Complain

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Many people are complaining that NFA rice is affordable but seemed not to benefit them.

This is the common clamor of mothers in rural areas who are the ones budgeting their expenses.

National Gov’t Coursing Delivery of Basic Services to Cong’l Districts

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Congressmen except those belonging to partylist groups, could now source substantial funds from the budget allocated national government departments, considered line agencies for infrastructure projects, health and medical services, social services and the like as they are given privileges to request for these funds in lieu of previous funds provided them directly and which they can withdraw through Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROS).

This information was provided by several staffers of the six including the lone congressional district from Bacolod.

Losing Village Chief in Escalante Installed

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The losing candidate for village chief Felicitas Ejusa of Brgy. Old Poblacion in Escalante City was installed yesterday as village chief after her protest was favored by court.

She replaced proclaimed village chief Abeto Maratas after the Municipal Trial Court in Escalante city found out she led by 44 votes after the recount.

Ejusa was the incumbent and on her second term as village chief when Maratas was proclaimed by the Board of Canvassers during the last October 2013 barangay election with a margin of 37 votes.

11 South Negros LGUs Fortify Disaster Management Alliance

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SONEDMA capability to include with all-weather systems, 24/7 real-time monitoring, warning & data-sharing

KABANKALAN CITY - Leaders of 11 local government units (LGUs) in southern Negros agreed to equip their newly-formed alliance with communications systems that will continue to link them even during calamities.

Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco receives the symbol of two classrooms and Blessing on the turn-over of two-classroom school building of Kabankalan National High School donated by Mr.Nelson Uy Lee of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and the Bacolod-Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.(BFCCCII) on their program "Operation Barrio Schools Project" in the presence and witness of school principal Norma Salditos, City Councilor Raul Rivera, Committee of Education. (Jun Gaton Pasiplat photo)

During Thursday’s meeting in Kabankalan of the Southern Negros Disaster Management Alliance (SONEDMA) presided by its chairperson and Bayawan City Mayor German Saraña, it was also agreed that monitoring of major rivers that affect all member-towns and cities during heavy rains will be a round-the-clock undertaking.

PAG-ASA Says: ‘Storm Glenda Can Become a Typhoon’

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The storm with international name "Rammasun" was expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 10 p.m. and 12 midnight last night.

Once it did, it will be named "Glenda", said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last night.

The storm was spotted early last night at 1,150 kilometers east of the Bicol region.

It was carrying a maximum sustained wind of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It was moving westward at 23 kph.

DENR-CDRRMO Mitigation Activities vs Storm Surge

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Series of mitigating activities are being conducted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Bacolod City, to protect the people in case of a storm surge.

Negrense to Receive Award as WV Outstanding Organic Farmer

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Ramon Uy Jr.

The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Western Visayas will award Negrense Ramon "Chinchin" Uy Jr. as the Regional Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer at the Gawad Saka awarding ceremony on July 29 at Iloilo Midtown Hotel in Iloilo City.

He also qualifies for the national search of Gawad Saka 2014.

Uy is the owner of Fresh Start Organic Farm at Hacienda Maquina in Silay City. He is the owner and co-founder of Fresh Start Organics, known for its wide selection of certified organic products, that runs its own organic and natural store café at Robinsons Place Bacolod and The District North Point in Talisay City.

He is also the president of ONOPRA (Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association).

Fiesta Homes Feature Top Philippine Festivals

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Among the hundreds of housing subdivisions spread all over Bacolod City, there is one distinct community in Brgy. Sum-ag on Crossing Punta Taytay along the highway where the customary festivals and special occasions frequented by tourists-foreign and domestic are focused and given due importance by local residents to the delight of their guests and friends.

FHHA JULY BOARD MEETING. In photo above: (from left) Zonito Salazar,past president, NDB’s Pert Toga, Engr Arlin Alegada, incumbent president, Nieva Guilaran, Rosita Locsin, Junnete Tacolod, Glenda Inefable, Sarah Alejaga, Marilyn Nalasa, Rosalie Ramos, and Bernadette Navarro. Photo below are same officers with James Toga, VP at right.*

CENECO Board Elects 2014 Officers

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) Board of Directors had elected its officers for the year 2014. Incumbent President Atty. Arnel L. Lapore, CPA, District II – Bacolod South Director retains his post together with Vice President Michael S. Maravilla of District IX – Silay City and Secretary Paul T. Lizares of District XIII – Talisay City. District VI – Bago City representative Robert J. Javellana was elected Treasurer.

CENECO Officers. (From left to right) President Arnel L. Lapore, CPA, Vice President Michael S. Maravilla, BOD Secretary Paul T. Lizares and BOD Treasurer Robert J. Javellana*

Gamboa Files Ordinance to Ensure Quality Boarding Houses in Bacolod

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Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. files proposed ordinance last July 9, 2014 that will strictly regulate the operation and maintenance of boarding houses and dormitories – mainly registration of tenants or occupants, government permits and licenses, fire protection system, sanitary permits (food, kitchen, rooms), water supply, waste disposal, among others.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. file photo taken last May 1, 2014 Job Fair at the SM City Bacolod where he joined thousands of young job seekers

2nd Week-End Brainsbee Barangay Winners Known

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Despite the searing heat in the mornings and intermittent rains in the afternoons, families, classmates and neighbors gather in various venues to support participants in the second weekend of Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 that were simultaneously conducted last July 12 and 13 in 19 more barangays all over the Third District.

Victorias Barangay 4 winners with Punong Barangay Christopher Vaflor (extreme left) - Jeid Doromal of Victorias National High School and Andrea Emor of Victorias North Elementary School. With them is Dina Quiapo of Cong. Albee Benitez office.*

52 OSY Finish Free Computer Servicing Training

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As a commitment to the less privileged and hopeless out of school youths, Batch 22 comprising 52 trainees finished the 3 month free computer servicing training program conducted by Grande Computer Outreach and Training Center, Inc, at Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.

Grande training staff with officers, L-R: Vice chair Engr Raylan Mondragon, trainor Dianne May Deloma, Brgy. Capt. Febe Legaspi, Chair Beth Jocson, trainors Tina and Efren Taocta.* (EBColmo)

Cauayan Man Shot Dead

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 A 22-year old resident in Cauayan town was shot dead by unidentified person about 11AM, Saturday at Sitio Buta, Brgy. Caliling of the said municipality.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reports said Ronald Oroso was shot multiple times on different parts of the body by still unidentified gunman using a .45 caliber pistol.

The suspect, according to police investigation left a black and white-colored motorcycle owned by a certain Julius Evangelista and two live cartridges of a .45 caliber pistol.

SP Okays Move to Regulate Frat Recruitment, Hazing

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Following the death of 18-year old Bacoleño and College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Caesar Servando in a fraternity hazing rite last June 28, 2014, a resolution enjoining all public and private higher educational institutions, thru the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to monitor and enforce Republic Act No. 8049 was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) last Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella

Author Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella said in his resolution that schools should be attentive in the possible recruitment of students to join fraternities and other groups and where neophytes are required to undergo initiation, or rite of passage.

The death of Servando, Puentevella added, shocked the whole country and once again triggered public outrage that hazing is still a recurring social issue, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world.

Despite No PDAF: Leonardia Brings P800-M Projects to Bacolod

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As a neophyte congressman, Representative Evelio R. Leonardia of the lone district of Bacolod City was able to implement infrastructure projects worth P892,843,735.00 for the people of Bacolod City, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Left photo: Representative of the lone district of Bacolod, Evelio "Bing" Leonardia (center), is being greeted by his supporters and well-wishers after he delivered his state of the district address (SODA). Right photo: members of the Sunshine Boys, businessmen Col. Pompeyo Querubin, transport tycoon Ricardo Yanson and Atty. Jose "Toti" Ramos.* (EBColmo)

A Member ‘Owns’ Villar Construction Company, Slammed by Dismissed Workers

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A small police complement, has stood nearby while part of the 93 construction workers staging a picket before the Vista land office in the Villar-owned Camella Homes in Mandalagan Village staged their protest action demanding that they be reinstated to their jobs and that the construction company, Master, Inc. settle payment of benefits and other privileges which is supposed to have been given to them. Many of the construction workers have been working in the company believed actually owned by the Villars but is bruited to be owned by a separate

Black Propa vs Marcos Victims Planned?

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Are Marcos Claims staffers, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process, Peace Advocates of Negros (PAN-Negros), and the Bacolod Diocese’ Social Action Center, and the breakaway, Alter Trade Corporation, in cahoots to make organized claimants out to be given compensation based on the RA 10368, which mandates victims of the Marcos martial law regime that they be entitled to a P10-B compensation Fund from recovered ill-gotten wealth in Switzerland, look bad?

Silay City Hosts ‘Lagaw-Kultura’

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The Silay City Government through the Tourism-Cultural Division will be hosting "Lagaw-Kultura sa Silay", a cultural heritage and hacienda tours.

This will be participated by children international campers from Denmark, Norway, Costa Rica, Italy, Colombia, Philippines, Mexico, Portugal and Vietnam.

Polish with Fake Money Nabbed in Candoni

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A Poland national was arrested for spreading fake peso bills in Candoni 9PM Wednesday, July 11.

Police Inspector Junie Liba, Candoni police chief identified the suspect as Wojciech Taolniak Stolarskijan, 32, single, of 13/5 Pavia Street, Lubin City, Poland.

Stolarskijan was nabbed after a chase in a hot pursuit operation along Brgy. Dancalan Road in Ilog town.

A concerned resident tipped off police operatives about Stolarskijan’s presence in the town riding on a motorcycle roaming around and buying groceries in different stores.

Muslims Disown Badjaos

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The Maranao Traders Association of Muslims in Bacolod City with over 200 members lead by Sultan Marangi strongly deny or disown the Badjaos who are roaming around the city.

Sultan Marangi (right), leader of Maranao Traders, is one of the Muslim brothers who occupies one side of the sidewalk along Luzurriaga Street for more than 40 years already. Left photo, a Badjao hunchback begs at the sidewalk at the downtown area.* (EBColmo)

SLBI-PCSO Donates Medical Equipment to Sagay Hospital

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The Super Lucky Beagler, Inc. (SLBI), a subsidiary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated 13 units of advanced medical equipment to the Alfredo G. Marañon, Sr. Memorial District Hospital in a turn over ceremony held at Balay Kauswagan in Sagay City, yesterday.

(l-r) PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Mrs. Sylvia Jalandoni, PSCO Asst. General Manager Remeliza Jovita M. Gabuyo, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, Dr. Juanito Abastillas, Sagay City Mayor Thirdy Marañon, SLBI Director Dino E. Jalandoni SLBI President Jexter L. Mercado and Executive Asst. to the Governor Manuel Escalante III at the turn-over of medical equipment to Alfredo E. Marañon Sr. Memorial District Hospital, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

MAPFRE Insular Provides Van to Kalipay Negrense Foundation

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MAPFRE Insular, one of the world’s largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

Training for Anti-Corruption Groups, Advocates Soon

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An anti-graft and corruption group, organized and operating nationwide, the Citizens’ Action Network for Accountability (CANA), network and local anti-graft and corruption groups will coordinate in the training on various aspects of the issue on Saturday, July 19, this year.

Participating in the training Series to be carried out by CANA will be possibly representatives from the media, schools, business, cause-oriented groups and the academe.

NEA Reports: ‘Only 3 Electric Coops in WV Rated Compliant’

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In the first quarter of 2014 report of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the performance of electric cooperatives in the country, as published in its website, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) was recorded as belonging to the yellow line, however it was evaluated compliant because it has an average rating of 89%.

Next is red line which means ailing.

NEA’S performance rating on EC’s color coding is green for grade 90 to 100%, yellow for 51 to 89%, and red for 50 and below.

Sagay Drug Buy Bust Nets

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Sagay City cops nabbed eight illegal drug suspects in a buy-bust operation in the outskirt Purok Alabi in Brgy. Andres Bonifacio, in the city Tuesday afternoon.

NEGROS OCC. Vice Governor Eugenio Jose "Bong" Lacson together with the members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan and SP Secretary Atty. Maki Angel Ascalon after he delivers his first-year accomplishment report, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

Supt. Jose Edel Manzano, Sagay Police Station chief, said Donato Roa Requiron, alias "Atoy", 40, married, of Purok Sambag, Brgy. Vito, a coastal barangay, was the subject of their operation.

A poseur-buyer bought one sachet of shabu from Requiron for P300 marked money.

Requiron, on noticing that the poseur-buyer’s companion was a police operative, ran towards another house to elude arrest.

He sought refuge in the house of Orvin Bongcasa Velano, 42 and live-in partner Mary Grace Maguad, 40.

Police discovered five other persons sniffing shabu or having "pot session" inside.

They are Ronel Apas, 33 and Algen Aldea, 26, both of Sitio Nabantuan 1, Escalante City; Ronald Ogahayon, Oliver Velano, 40, both of Brgy. Andres Bonifacio; and Edgardo Yu of Brgy. Vito, in the city.

Police recovered one heat-sealed suspected shabu and prohibited tablets; one heat-sealed big sachet of suspected shabu; and three cellphones from Donato.

Other recoveries included five more sachets of suspected shabu; 3 heat-sealed suspected dried marijuana leaves; P3, 400 cash believed proceeds from selling shabu; a caliber .38 firearm with 10 live ammunitions; several live ammunitions of M16 rifle and other drug paraphernalia.

CENECO Sets Power Interruptions on July 10 & 13, 2014

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on July 10 (Thursday) and July 13, 2014 (Sunday) as follows:

Date: July 10, 2014 – Thursday

Time: 5:00AM to 8:00AM


Middle span erection of primary pole at the back of SM Mall, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City

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SP Urges CHO Start Dengue Awareness Drive in the Barangays

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Considering that rainy season has started and dengue cases have been reported rising, Bacolod City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, committee chairperson on Women and Gender Development, is urging the City Health Office, through the Office of the City Mayor, to start dengue awareness and prevention measures in the City of Bacolod.

Gov. Degamo Denies Opposing 1 Negros Island Region

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"I am not opposing the move to have a one island one region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. I did not say 70% of people in Negros Oriental are not amenable to this move. The issue came out only in the feedbacking of a radio station here, wherein host announcer solicited the reaction of public for the 1 island region through calls and text messages. It happened that 63 said no and 47 said yes."

No Rice Hoarding in Bacolod: NFA

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National Food Authority (NFA)-Negros Occidental General Manager Procopio Trabajo II said yesterday, there is no hoarding of rice in Bacolod City or elsewhere in Negros Occidental. He said, it is impossible for the rice traders to hoard because there is sufficient stocks of rice at the NFA warehouse. NFA has 600,000 sacks of rice stock, enough until the end of 2014. Also, they are conducting inventory of the new arrival of imported rice at the warehouse.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist), Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Negros Occ.) together with PSSupt. Benigno B. Durana, Jr., Chief of the PNP Law Enforcement Division and Internal Security Operations; PCSupt. Jonathan Miano, Chief of the PNP National Operation Center; P/Chief Supt. Josephus G. Angan, Regional Director, PNP–Region VI; and Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office Director, PSSupt. Milko Lirazan, among others, during a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

But he expressed surprise why Bacolod City sells higher prices of NFA rice than those in the municipalities, when in fact, it is delivered to them directly. Out of town prices of NFA rice is from P34 to P39.00 per kilo, while in Bacolod it costs P40.00, almost close to the price of commercial rice which is P42 to P44.00 a kilo.

Trabajo was surprised to receive feedbacks that in some areas, no NFA rice is found in the market because the traders are allegedly mixing it with the commercial rice varieties.

Trabajo did not discount the tricks of rice traders that the NFA rice are mixed into commercial rice, and the selling price is that of the commercial rice.

He said he has coordinated with the offices of CIDG and NBI to conduct inspection of rice traders regarding the reported adulteration of commercial rice with NFA rice, and overpricing. Whoever is found doing this would mean legal action against the perpetrators that would be tantamount to cancellation of their license as rice trader, Trabajo disclosed.

Sum-ag Barangay Council Claims Brgy. Punta Taytay is still a Sitio of Sum-ag

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Members of the Barangay Council of Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City lead by Barangay Capt. Rodney Carmona, are claiming that technically speaking, Brgy. Punta Taytay remains a sitio of Brgy. Sum-ag because its creation did not pass the legal procedure. It did not follow the guidelines of Republic Act 1859 and Republic Act 7160 which both require that before creating a new barangay, there must be public consultation or plebiscite.

Punitive Operation Success vs Sugar Mill Due to Military Incompetence, NPA Spokesperson Says

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The spokesman of the Roselyn Pelle Command, the front guerilla unit operating in Northern Negros’ far north area, Ka Cecil Estrella, twitted military authorities for having been "blind and deaf" on the initial preparation and therefore, assault on its widening guerilla operation in Northern Negros which it earlier said it had demolished, specifically citing its operation against the Lopez sugar mill transloading station.

Cadiz LTO Chief Denies Deputized Agents in Rampant Apprehension

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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) head in Cadiz City denied he has deputized agents who resort to unreasonable apprehensions of delivery trucks and van salesmen along the national highway at Purok Lag-asan, Brgy. Tinampaan, Cadiz City

Henry Melocoton said he has never authorized LTO deputized agents to do so, referring to the complaint letter of Manuel T. Parroco, president of Negros Sales Distributors Association.

"I challenge Mr. Parroco to name names of my deputized agents, so I can recommend him (LTO deputized agent) for dismissal," Melocoton said.

Cop Companion Nabbed in Victorias

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A companion of arrested policeman that yielded prohibited shabu and unlicensed firearm at dawn of July 1 was arrested by Victorias City PNP Monday night in Brgy. 13, of the city.

Jemar Ramos Morales, 34, was arrested by Supt. Santiago Rapiz after a buy-bust operation.

A poseur-buyer with policeman companion bought a sachet of suspect shabu from him in exchange of P300 and police operatives pounced on him.

Morales even received text message to flee as Rapiz will arrest him but it’s too late, Rapiz said.

Partylist Solon to Take Up Marcos Victims’ Complaint on Lapses in Processing by Aquino-Appointed Claims Board

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Bayan Muna partylist Congressman Neri Colmenares, has assured claimants of the Marcos martial law now mandated by law that complaints they have presented to him and his colleagues will be attended to by them expeditiously, as soon as an official letter will be received by him and which detail their complaints on the recent processing of their claims during the Claims Board sortie in Bacolod City last May 3 and 4.

Man Shoots Another in Squabble

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A 35-year old resident of Kabankalan City is pursued by police authorities for allegedly shooting a younger man, Monday afternoon due to some misuderstanding.

Records identified the victim as Sonny Boy Mirano, 25, of Sitio Lupni, Brgy. Hilamonan who sustained gunshot wounds on the left portion of his body. The perpetrator was identified by police as Dante Gordavilla who shot the victim using an unknown caliber of firearm.

  Marijuana Plantation Raided

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Several fully grown marijuana plants were uprooted by police authorities and members of the local government in Cadiz City, Monday.

Reports revealed that 35 fully-grown and six seedlings of marijuana plants were uprooted in a lot owned by Jerson Mendez at Purok Pacol, Brgy. Celestino Villacin in Cadiz City.

Carnapping Incidents Rise: PRO 6

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There is tremendous increase in carnapping incidents in Western Visayas according to Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 Director Pol Chief Supt. Josephus Angan. He compared the incidence in the first quarter of last year to this year, where there were 161 carnapping incidence in January to May 2013, but in the same period this year, it rose to 250 cases.

City Might Cancel Business Permit of AVM Bernardo

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Despite follow up with the office of the Permit and Licensing Division at the Bacolod City Hall, the business permit of AVM Bernardo has not been released yet.

Distrito To Urge Schools Management to Implement the Anti-Hazing Law

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Councilor Caesar Distrito, who topped the number of resolutions passed in the Bacolod SP, is again pushing another resolution for the public’s general welfare. With co-authors Councilor Em Ang, Bobby Rojas and Carl Lopez, this resolution will be deliberated today at the SP session, to request the management of all public and private secondary and tertiary schools in Bacolod City, to implement measures in preventing hazing among fraternities and sororities within their jurisdictions in compliance with Republic Act 8049, an

Majority of NegOr Residents Not in Favor of One Island Region - Degamo

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DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo stated that majority of the people in his province is not in favor of the merging of two provinces into one region during an interview last Saturday.

Although Gov. Degamo is not against the proposed One Island Region, he stressed that the survey which was conducted in his province showed 70% of the people is not for the proposed creation of One Island Region.

Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena is World’s Largest

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The Philippine Arena, touted as the world’s largest domed arena with its 55,000 seating capacity, is ready for its opening and inauguration on July 27, 2014.

BUSINESS WEEK OPENS TRADE FAIR, EXHIBITS. Negros Occidental Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank Carbon, and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella lead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday that marked the opening of the week-long Negros Business Week at Robinsons Place Bacolod, with the theme, "Strengthening the Small Businesses for More and Better Jobs". Also in photo is Bobby Montelibano, Fred Barcelona, and Mr. George Zulueta.*

Very few landscaping work and other finishing touches are now being completed in time for the opening of the "largest theater in the planet" that would be the center of the INC’s Centennial celebrations this July 27, NDB sources in the church revealed..

The Korean firm, Hanwha Engineering and Construction, announced the completion of the Philippine Arena in Bulacan weeks ago.

Construction work was officially finished on May 30, it said.

Korea Bizwire quoted Hanwha as saying that the completion of the construction work on the indoor arena took 30 months to complete, at a cost of $175 million.

The Philippine Arena was built on a total area of 74,000 square meters.

Its roof area is scaled to 35,000 square meters, reported the Korea Bizwire.

The funds spent for the construction of the landmark Philippine Arena, and for the various houses and buildings of worship of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines and in other countries, all came from the offerings of church members, NDB was told by insiders.

Piggery Worker Dies in Road Mishap

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A piggery worker in Purok Punong Ko, Brgy. Daga, Cadiz City died in a vehicular accident a few kilometers to his work assignment along Gustilo Boulevard near Cedar College that took place about 8 PM Sunday.

Police identified the victim as Hilario Aldava, 54, separated, of Crossing Cadiz in Brgy. Daga.

Aldava was allegedly drunk when his motorcycle skidded and hit a pavement, throwing him a few meters away, sustaining head injuries.

He did not make it to the Cadiz City Emergency Clinic.

Workers Stage Campout vs. Construction Company of Housing Subdivision

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Contractual workers under the Master Company, Inc. , a Camella Homes company owned by the family of former Senator Manny Villar (his wife, Cynthia Villar, incumbent member of the Senate), staged a protest action before the Department of Labor and Employment Office (DOLE) demanding that they be reinstated to their former jobs, after they were unceremoniously retrenched.

Teen Hangs Self

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A teenager, allegedly with family problem, was found hanging inside their house in Ilog town, Sunday morning.

Police reports showed that Aser Balinas Jr., 19, of Sitio Enclaro, Brgy. Vista Alegre was discovered by his family suspended on their ceiling with a nylon rope tied around his neck.

He was found at the sala of their house by his kins.

He was rushed to Lorenzo Zayco Memorial District Hospital but was declared dead by attending physicians. His remains were brought to Sola Gracia Funeral Homes for post mortem examination.

Schistosomiasis Outbreak in 3 Calatrava Barangays

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Three barangays in the northern town of Negros Occidental have reportedly an outbreak of schistosomias.

Molasses, Gifts, Housewares Top Negros Exports: DTI

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For year 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental reported that molasses and gifts/housewares are leading products exported to other countries.

According to Engr. Engiemar Tupas, acting division chief of the business development division of DTI here, Japan, Middle East, Europe and United States of America (USA) are common export markets of Negros Occidental products.

Brainsbee Ni Albee Sa District 3 Kicks Off

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Despite the rain, residents of the Third District in Negros Occidental trooped to the various community centers where the first-of-a-series of academic contests were simultaneously held in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia last Saturday , July 5, 2014.

Barangay elimination round held at the Day Care Center in Barangay Damsite, Murcia.*

‘Revisiting CO 533, S. of 2011, Wanting for its Implementation’

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After seeing the positive effects of the grown trees now along Luzuriaga Extension fronting SM (Exit) Reclamation Area (see photos below), Councilor El Cid Familiaran said to himself, "this is it!"


UNO-R Recent Board Passers

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The UNO-R Social Work Department once again produced twelve (12) new Registered Social Workers. These twelve successfully passed the Social Work Licensure examinations given last June 2014. They are: Sr. Maria Helen Adobas; Ria Rufa Benitua; Marnellie Datiles; Ma. Gerla Espinosa; Lourie Fabillar; Rhozelle Joyce Liza; Roniza Lutao; Maria Pia Montalvo; Hanna Potestad; Cristena Seba; Sr. Rhea Lei Tolibas; and Charmaine Viloria. The new social Workers had their review at UNO-R with Atty. Dolores Nalumen; Dr. Anita Rabago; Mr. Celo

Statement of Bacolod Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito

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Re: Being top SP performer from January - Dec. 2013

"I am humbled by the support of my colleagues in the SP, as without them seeing the wisdom and importance of the 8 ordinances and the 430 resolutions resolutions that I authored, the same will not be approved.

This is our primary duty as councilor, which is to legislate and make policy direction.

And this is to prove to those 76, 000 Bacolodnons who believe in me that their votes were not wasted, and they can say that I deserve to be in the City Council.

2014 NLE 7th Placer Lauded by Mayor Monico

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 A Certificate of Commendation was awarded by City Mayor Monico Puentevella to Charmaine Relos Timbas for her seventh place finish in the recently concluded Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) with a score of 84.4%.

"Her recent success embodies the saying, ‘hard work pays off’. May this achievement open new opportunities for her in the future," expressed Puentevella who also considers every given certificate as an inspiration for him and his administration to strive for the betterment of the city and its constituents.

CHO Highlights 1st of July with Voluntary Bloodletting

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By RJS – CDIO, La Carlota City

To highlight the birthday of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer on July 1, the City Health Office (CHO) conducted the life-saving National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) at the city gymnasium. The bloodletting activity is held every month by the CHO in coordination with the Provincial Health Office and the Negros First Provincial Blood Center (NFPBC).

Brgy. III Pob. Capt. Annabelle Q. Bermudo with a volunteer from her barangay* (Photo by CDIO–La Carlota)

‘Student Died of Dengue, Not for Sniffing Perfume’

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Dengue may be the cause a student’s death and not because she inhaled the perfume of her classmate at Victorias City National High School.

Josephine Martinez, class adviser of victim Aira Verdajo, a 15-year old student and resident of Hda. Yawi, Brgy. 13 in Victorias City.

NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas (right) and UNIFED President Manolet Lamata (left) converse with Vice-President Jejomar Binay during the American Independence Day Celebration at the US Embassy in Manila last July 3.*

Martinez said Verdajo was found to have rashes on her skin after she collapsed inside her classroom after she inhaled or sniffed the perfume of one of her classmates.

The teenager was rushed to the Ikaayong Lawas Foundation in the city and was brought home after she regained consciousness.

She however collapsed again at home and was subsequently rushed to the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City where she was pronounce dead on arrival.

Her death certificate indicated she died of cardiac arrest.

Prior to the incident, Martinez said the student was absent for a week due to high fever, and was able to return to school on June 30.

"It was because her parents’ failure to seek medical attention to determine her sickness," Martinez disclosed.

Reports from the same school said Verdajo’s case was the second time such event happened there.

MBCCI Opens Week-long ‘Negros Business Week’ Today

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MBCCI President, Frank Carbon

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank A. Carbon said the opening ceremony of the week-long 2014 Negros Business Week will be held at 10 this morning at Robinsons Place Bacolod mall’s main entrance.

With the theme, "Strengthening Small Business for More and Better Jobs," this year’s July 7 to 13 activity - started in 2009 by a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, will showcase at Robinsons Place, products and services of some 25 exhibitors in the small and medium enterprise category.

Carbon said one of the advocacies of MBCCI is to help local businesses grow from a small size business into a medium business and hopefully some will grow into a large scale businesses.

Puentevella Fires Back at Leonardia for Latter’s Ulat Verdict

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With former Bacolod mayor and now Lone District Representative Evelio Leonardia describing the "Ulat ni Mayor", or the renamed State of the City Address a "cover-up" to hide the "failures of his administration", Mayor Monico Puentevella stood his ground and also rebuked the congressman with his own assessment.

MC Rider Dies in Bridge Mishap

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It is high time that owners and riders of motorcycles must be required to undergo seminar on road safety specifically designed for two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicles, as accidents involving them take place daily in Bacolod City and other parts of Negros Occidental alone.

Another motorcycle rider, this time a 54-year old widower died an hour after he fell off Medina Bridge along Kilometer 83 in Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City Tuesday.

Nabulao National High School Alumni 2nd Organizational Meeting is Set July 16

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The 2nd organizational meeting of the Nabulao National High School (NNHS) alumni in Sipalay City is set on Wednesday, July 16 at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

The venue will be the Melrose Beach Resort in Barangay Talacagay, Hinoba-an town.

The meeting is in preparation for next year’s MMHS General Alumni Homecoming.

All graduates of the school are cordially invited to join the meeting.

For inquiries, please contact mobile number 0929-9642696.*



Vendors Oppose Plan to Let Private Hands in Public Markets

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 Vendors in the public markets are strongly opposing the plan of the city government to privatize the operation of public markets.

Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Markets and Slaughterhouse chairman recently announced that he is introducing a private-public initiative to improve and beautify the city’s public markets.

Presently, lots of vendors occupying the market stalls have delinquent accounts with the city government having failed to pay the monthly stall rentals for a long period of time.

DOH Extends P8-M for Cadiz Health Care Program

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Regional Health Office Director in Western Visayas, Dr. Marlyn Convocar extends P8-M assistance for Cadiz City Health Program centered in its birthing program.

Convocar made the pronouncement as guest, on behalf of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona in the inauguration of Cadiz City Health Office along Cabahug Street here Friday.

The activity coincides with the 47th Charter Anniversary of the city.

Convocar said, the P3-M will be intended for construction of birthing facilities in hinterland and seashore barangays in the city.

Cops Probe School Buglars; Wanted Men for Murder Nabbed

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Police authorities in Hinoba-an town are in pursuit of the suspects responsible for robbing a school office Saturday.

Central Philippine State University (CPSU) canteen and Agriculture Office were robbed, and office equipment and grocery items went missing.

Patrick Santaromana, 33, of Hacienda Paz, Brgy. Pook reported the incident to police and said that the office’s printer, monitor, UPS and speaker were stolen and that P12,200 worth of grocery items were taken from the university canteen.

Letter to the Editor: On the Peña Lease of a Property in Kabankalan

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July 4, 2014

Mr. Arman Toga
Negros Daily Bulletin
Bacolod City

Dear Mr. Toga,

In response to the reply of Mr. Peñoso, please allow us to clarify the following:

I. Regarding the Validity of the Contract of Lease;

He argues that the Contract of Lease in favor of Mr. Bonifacio M. Peña is null and void citing the order of the RTC Kabankalan dated October 9, 2006.

New Cadiz City Health Office, ‘Patient Friendly’

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The first impression of Regional Health Officer, Dr. Marlyn Convocar upon seeing the new Cadiz City Health Office building is "it looks like a hotel," but Mayor Dr. Patrick Escalante was quick to say that it is a "patient friendly" hospital.

Mayor Escalante justified his notion of having the edifice look like a hotel to be "patient friendly", citing his observations that patients look at hospitals as another place where they are going to endure pains and odorous smells.

Man Dies in Brawl

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A 49-year old resident of Victorias City died reportedly after he was attacked by three suspects about 11:45AM, Wednesday in Canetwon Subdivision.

Ronald Buenconsejo, of Rosario St., Canetown Subdivision was allegedly stabbed and mauled by three unidentified persons at Paz Avenue corner Esperanza St. in the said subdivision.

Reports said the victim sustained multiple stab wounds in the chest and abrasions on the head from a hard object. He was brought to Kaayong Lawas Foundation by patrolling tanods, but was declared dead on arrival.

Bacolod City High School Batch ‘83 Turns Over Help to BCNHS Students Anew

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For three years now that they have been doing this noble project, members of the Bacolod City High School (BCHS) Batch 1983, again, last June 25, turned over 50 MAPE tee-shirts, school supplies, bags and cash gift to 50 Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) students.

(From the right to left) Engr. Ma. Sarah A. Bernabe-President BCNHS Batch 83), Filomena B. Lo (Teacher III, Mathematics Dept.) Ma. Felomina T. Lisbo (Head VI, Mathematics Dept.), Jose Dayot III (Principal IV, BCNHS), Russel Lau, Treasurer BCNHS Batch ‘83).

PNU Wins Feature Writing Tilt

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"Let us ignite a fire of hope and hardwork to protect ourselves from future calamities."

This is what Dianne Quingking, grade 9 of the Philippine Normal University–Center for Teaching and Learning, wrote in her feature article entitled "Typhoon Yolanda unites Cadiznons".

"We can do this. Nonetheless, we need you to succeed. Will you be with us?" she ended.

(L-R) Jordan Sun (representative of Councilor Desuyo), Dianne Quingking, Mary Ann Lazo (Judge), Antonio Esmolo (Judge) and Celina Ibañez (Information Officer IV).*

Quingking’s article impressed the judges, thus declaring her first place during the on-the-spot feature writing contest held last July 3. She received P2,000 in cash and a trophy.

In Alangilan, Metro Safari is More of a Zoo, A Boon for Bacolod

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Businessman Rey Francis Cabuga’s Metro Safari compound - in Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City, touted to be a mountain resort much unlike that of former Bacolod Councilor Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s Campuestohan Resort in Talisay City, is actually more of a planned and carefully thought of and programmed zoo, which could place Bacolod, to include a few other cities in the country, as having an educational complex, which will be a boon to school children of various grades of learning.

IN HIMAMAYLAN CITY. Schoolchildren with their teachers and Himamaylan Mayor Tinto Bascon show off the notebooks they received from the Mayor.*

It could also place Bacolod on the map as having in its zoo, the biggest crocodile after death of "Malang" in Cotabato.

Now hibernating in a zoo in La Castellana town is the crocodile already acquired by Cabuga.

In the zoo, too, will be found lions, tigers, snakes, various types of fowls which came from other countries, again already acquired by Cabuga and already in his Alangilan compound where structures for the zoo are being built, although lately a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued by the court purportedly because of lack of legal requirements.

A complaint was filed before court by three village council members, allegedly instigated by a rival Filipino-Chinese businessman, who owns a resort just a short distance away from the Metro Safari complex. The businessman owns a purely resort hotel complex with comic-book characters sculpted in concrete.

Water Interruption in the Service Area

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The Bacolod City Water District regrets to inform its consumers that no water supply and turbid water will be experienced in some portions of the service area.

ACTIVITY: In-operation of Well #45

(Villa Alexandria)

SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., July 5, 2014

Areas to be affected are; East Homes Phase II, Villa Estefania, Villa Alexandria Phase I and Purok Pag-asa.

Sec. Ona Inaugurates P25-M New Cadiz CHO Building

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Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona will inaugurate today the new City Health Office (CHO) building.

The inauguration will coincide with the 47th Charter Anniversary of Cadiz.

Also expected to join Ona are city officials, 2nd district congressman Leo Rafael Cueva and Acting Governor Salvador G. Escalante, Jr., former mayor himself and other provincial officials.

The edifice is located adjacent to the old CHO and beside the City Library along Cabahug Street.

9th National Shrimp Congress Held in Bacolod City

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The 9th National Shrimp Congress is being held at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort and Hotel at the Reclamation area in Bacolod City.

Atty. Asis G. Perez - BFAR Director together with Roberto A. Gatuslao, President of Philippine Shrimp Industry Inc., and Raoul Flores, 9th Shrimp Congress Chairman with Rev. Fr. Mao Buenafe spearheaded the opening of the 9th National Shrimp Congress at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort and Hotel July 2 to 4, 2014 yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

10 Persons Surrender for Theft

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Ten persons in Cauayan town voluntarily turned themselves in to police authorities about 10AM, early this week for theft charges.

PInsp. Jose H. Gargar, leader, 6th Maneuver Platoon based in Sitio Olihao, Brgy. Poblacion reported that the 10 persons voluntarily surrendered for theft charges in Criminal Case number 2014-6278 with bail set at P24, 000 each.

USLS Recognizes Employees

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By Keith Brandon Cari-an

University of St. La Salle (USLS) awards 98 faculty and staff during the Service and Special Awards Recognition Rites at Santuario de La Salle, July 2.

"Each year, your service is a pearl you contribute to the name, reputation and quality of our institution," said President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC.

Medrano awardees

Farm Machineries, Agri Inputs Given to Farmers’ Group

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Farm machineries and agricultural inputs were distributed to different farmers’ associations in Cadiz City yesterday as part of the celebration of this city’s 47th Charter Anniversary today, July 4.

Seven rice threshers and 7 hand tractors with trailers; 12 collapsible dryers; 2 corn shellers and about 100 sacks of certified varieties of palay were given to these farmers’ associations held at Don Bernardo Benedicto Cultural Center in the city.

Cop Faces Crime Raps

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Victorias City Police is preparing the charges for illegal possession of firearms against a police officer who was also caught violating the illegal drugs law following his apprehension, Monday.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz told NDB that section 11 or illegal possession of dangerous drugs or Republic Act (RA) 9165, Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was filed against Police Officer 1 Reyland Dordas, of the Capiz Police Provincial Office.

Man Killed After Chasing Suspects in Victorias City

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Victorias City PNP chief Supt. Santiago Rapiz and his men were a few minutes late to arrest two unidentified suspects from their respective dwelling after stabbing to death a man who chased them after an altercation inside a KTV bar Wednesday night in the city.

They failed to catch the suspects who were able to leave ahead of the arriving police operatives bringing with them some belongings.

Killed was Ronald Buenconsejo, 49, of Rosario Street, Canetown Subdivision who sustained three stab wounds in the chest and head injury after he was struck with a hard object.

USLS, Partners Hold 5th BLT Negros Summit

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By Katherine Maguad

Provincial government of Negros Occidental committed P1 million for the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) implementation in the peace areas of Calatrava and Toboso for SY 2014-15.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. relayed his commitment to BLT and University of St. La Salle (USLS) through his message which was delivered by Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano during the 5th BLT Negros Summit held Tuesday morning at Santuario de La Salle, July 1.

Gov. Yap Lauds USLS for Project Free Program

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By Keith Brandon Cari-an

Wala kang mahahanap na mura at may kalidad na masteral at doctoral degree courses kung hindi sa Project FREE at University of St. La Salle.

(You won’t find high quality masters and doctorate degree courses with low expense but in Project FREE and University of St. La Salle.)

Tarlac Province Governor Victor Yap lauded USLS, through its special program Project Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence (FREE), in his keynote speech during the Public-Private Partnership Forum: The Project FREE Experience in Tarlac, July 3.


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One Dream, One City, One Bacolod.

(State of the City Report)
July 2, 2014, People’s House of Bacolod Lobby

By Mayor Monico O. Puentevella



Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivers his Ulat ni Mayor at the Grand Lobby of the People’s House yesterday.*(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)




Negros – Biggest Shrimp Producer Capiz Tops in Bangus

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 The suppliers of feeds for fish and shrimps ponds revealed that in the Visayas, Negros has the highest production of shrimp, while the province of Capiz top in bangus production. This was revealed by Cargill sales people, having supplied the fishpond and shrimp producers with necessary tools and feeds for improved harvest production.

Right photo: Ribbon cutting at the opening of 9th National Shrimp Congress, yesterday, Bacolod Pavillon Resorts and Hotel. L-R; Congress Chairman Raul Flores, Atty. Asis Perez, director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Gina Millan, with his father Roberto Bob Gatuslao - president of PhilShrimp. Left photo: Cargill officers (one of the exhibitors), L-R; Jojo Tendencia, technical business manager, Tommy Tablatin - area manager for Panay and Negros, and Bing Torres, regional manager for Visayas and Mindanao.* (EBColmo)

CENECO Sets Power Interruptions on July 4 & 5, 2014

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on July 4 (Friday) and July 5, 2014 (Saturday) as follows:

Date: July 4, 2014 – Friday

Time: 6:00AM to 8:00AM

Reasons: Mid-span erection of primary pole and installation of three 10KVA transformers and its accessories at Seven-Eleven, Araneta, corner Gen. Luna St., Bago City

Areas Affected:

Cop Charged, Another on Watch in Negros

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Another policeman is on watch following the arrest of a comrade from Manapla town nabbed in a saturation drive inside a KTV bar in Bangga Daanbanwa, Victorias City about 1:30AM Tuesday with shabu and firearm, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City PNP chief said.

PO1 Reylan Berja Dordas, 24, single of Hda. Mauyon, Brgy. Punta Mesa in Manapla was subjected to drug test after his arrest Tuesday and was found positive.

Businessman’s Metro Safari More of a Zoo, Educational Boon for Bacolod (Last of 2 Parts)

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And as we went around the zoo complex which is a six-hectare area, I saw the structures which will house the animals near the roadside area going left in a half-moon which is to house the other animals.

On the far right are constructed the cages for the lions and tigers. The bird cages for relatively bigger birds, an aquarium for ocean fishes which we believe will truly interest school kids and students because these are animals they see only in the National Geographic Magazine and Television, albeit, cable TV.

Bizmen Rate Puentevella 10:8

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The businessmen in Bacolod City rated Mayor Monico Puentevella for his one year administration, 8 out of 10. According to Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Puentevella has done satisfactory performance in his job since he took over the leadership. Carbon cited some positive result of Puentevella’s administration: he reduced the traffic congestion in choke areas during peak hours; some defective traffic lights were made functional; garbage which usually eyesore in downtown area are


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Mayor Monico O. Puentevella delivers "Ulat ni Monico" (State of the City Report) at the Lobby of the People’s House yesterday.*(Photo by RGT)

NDB FOURSOME. Seated: Rolly Espina and Bagguer Villaluz; Standing: W. Henry Streegan and EIC Pert Toga.


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Mayor’s First 365 Days Putting the House in Order

"The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step"

Today marks the first 365 days of Mayor Monico Puentevella and his administration. Although it did come as challenge when he first set foot in office, the opportunity also came as a wakeup call as it opened the door to the true and real situation of the city.

Mayor Monico Puentevella (2nd R) with Bishop Vicente Navarra (R) and Very Rev. Felix Pasquin (L), rector of the San Sebastian Parish.*

Merging City Hall, its offices and each servant leader came in the form of the creation of Lamesa ni Mayor, a program that extends the basic and social services of the People’s House to its constituents. Each table represents City Hall in a nutshell; a consolidated attempt to streamline Mayor Puentevella’s vision of a United Bacolod.

The tapping of various government offices to render a helping hand also gave us the courage to push through the ever changing landscape of the city. During the height of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Interior and Local Government, under the leadership of City Director Glenn Guzman, gave the Puentevella administration with advices and supplementary knowledge to uplift the morale of the victims of the typhoon. This too sparked the flame to initiate a concrete partnership between the local government and the private sector. His successor, Ms. Cheryl Tacda, was among the focal persons in the creation of the City Development Council alongside Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Frank Carbon.

Philip, Ruby Cruz Host Luncheon for PWDs

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Philip and Ruby C. Cruz hosted a luncheon for the officers of the Bacolod City Association of Disabled Persons last Saturday which was held at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market along Magsaysay Street in Bacolod City.

The guests in the photo are: Lowell Raner, Mr. and Mrs. Nonoy Menionuevo, Arnold Ardoza, Nick Garcia and Melchor Tumbos

Tara Sering, Editor of Smile Magazine Visits Negros Farmers Weekend Market

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Ms. Tara Sering, Editor-in-Chief of Smile Magazine visited the Negros Farmers Weekend Market in the course of a Western Visayas tour of laudable projects.

AVID ENTHUSIASTS (L-R) Miss Tara Sering, Editor-in-Chief of Smile Magazine and Alan Gensoli. In the background is the OISCA booth.*

Cop Nabbed with Shabu, Firearm; Another Creates Alarm Inside Station

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A Capiz province–bound policeman from Manapla, Negros Occidental was nabbed by Victorias City PNP while implementing "Oplan Bakal" at a KTV bar along Crossing Daanbanwa in Victorias City about 1:30AM yesterday.

Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City PNP chief identified the suspect as PO1 Reylan Berja Bordas, 24, single, of Mauyon, Manapla, Negros Occidental.

He yielded one elongated sachet of suspected shabu and a homemade .38 caliber firearm with six live ammunitions.

CENECO is Liquid by its P29.3M Net Income

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This is the second year that Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), Inc. was able to post a positive bottomline, as reported by Coop treasurer, Director Cesar Leonardia, at the 39th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) over the weekend, with its theme, EPIRA Law: a call for just and transparent implementation.

Talisay Celebrates Nutrition Month

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Talisay City Mayor Dr. Eric Saratan led the ceremonial observation of the Nutrition month that started yesterday, July 1, 2014 attended by more than a thousand students and teachers from private and public schools; city hall employees, barangay health workers, barangay officials and different stakeholders.

Mayor Eric M. Saratan addressing students during the opening program of the Nutrition Month.*(Talisay City PIO photo)

Induction of Brgy. Bata Persons With Disabilities

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The officers of Brgy. Bata Association of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) were inducted into office last June 27, 2014.

Brgy. Bata PWD members

Trike, Pedicab Drivers Hurt in Mishap

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Drivers of a tricycle and motorcycle were rushed to a hospital in Victorias City after their vehicles crashed about 2PM, Monday between Kilometers 34-35 along Osmeña Avenue in the City.

Traffic report disclose a red-colored Rusi tricycle driven by Nicolas Villas, 66, of Hacienda Editha, Brgy. 21 was accidentally bumped by a Euro GTX 150 motorcycle driven by Jikky Boy Gonzales, 35, of Brgy. 7.

Bacolodnons Denounce Killing of Servando through Hazing

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People of Bacolod City are condemning to the highest degree the inhuman act that claimed the life of Guillo Cesar Servando, 18, a student on Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) St. Benilde School, Manila, who died Monday night due to intense physical injury caused by hazing in his initiation by the Alpha Kappa Rho (AKRHO) Fraternity.


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(Lifted in toto from the souvenir program of the Riverside Medical Center when the institution celebrated its 50th anniversary last August 15, 2004.)


Looking back into history of Riverside Medical Center, Incorporated, one sees that the story of Riverside is an affirmation of the old adage "dreams do come true." The inspiring story of Riverside and its founder, Dr. Pablo Obregon Torre, is a story of struggle against adversity, of hardships and sacrifices, and above all, of perseverance and de-termination to succeed.

Riverside College Graduate Charmaine Relos Timbas, 7th Placer in Nursing Licensure Exams

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Charmaine Relos Timbas, 20, has the distinction of being the only nursing graduate in the Bacolod City and province of Negros Occidental of being among the top ten in the recent examinations.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE OF RIVERSIDE COLLEGE WITH OFFICERS. (L-R) Samuel Lee, president; Elsa C. Streegan, VPAA; Charmaine Relos Timbas and Maricon Familiaran, Dean of the College of Nursing

PRO6 Needs 873 Cops This Year

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Iloilo City - In order to cope with the demand of police services in the community, and double its efforts in crime prevention the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 needs 873 policemen. This is ideal in the police-population ratio which is 1 policeman for every 500 population.

Pol. Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PRO 6 Regional Director warns his men that lean months is in the offing, so crimes involving property are escalating.

Aquino Gov’t Coddling RPA-ABB Leader Carapali: Fernandez

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Negros spokesman, former priest Frank Fernandez, has slammed breakaway group leader Carapali Lualhati of the "bandit group RPA-ABB for collaborating with the government of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and is an instrument in carrying out anti-revolutionary movement acts as well as engaging in anti-people’s activities."

"His being made a congressman is Lualhati’s prize for allowing himself to be an instrument of the powerful ruling classes in Philippine society," added Fernandez, bruited by the military to be sick and getting weaker.

Cops File Gun Raps vs. Talisay Man

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Criminal charges for illegal possession of gun and ammunitions is to be filed against a resident of Talisay City after he was complaint to be carrying the firearm, Monday morning.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reports revealed that a case for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions will be filed against Roberto Salanatin alias Tata, 27, of Hacienda Bantud, Brgy. Concepcion in Talisay City.

Businessman’s Metro Safari More of a Zoo, Educational Boon for Bacolod (Part I)

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Businessman Rey Francis Cabuga’s Metro-Safari compound, touted to be a mountain resort much unlike that of former Councilor Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s Campuestohan Resort, is actually more of a planned and carefully thought of and programmed zoo, which could place Bacolod City, to include a few other cities in the country, as having an educational complex, which will be a boon to school children of various levels of learning.

RIU Files Illegal Possession of Firearms vs Gawat

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The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) has filed corresponding charges against Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition at the City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday afternoon.

Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PNP Regional Director for Western Visayas said that Supt. Ronald Allan Gepana, chief of the RIU-6 has submitted necessary documents needed in the filing of charges in court.

Claims Board to Answer Queries About HR Compensation

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Human Rights Victims Claims Board chairperson Lina Sarmiento will meet the local press today, July 2, at the Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol.

Human Resource (HR) Board Member Chito Gascon joins Sarmiento in the press conference in this provincial intake operations campaign schedule that aims to promote justice in the society and seek out human rights victims during the martial law years.

Victims of various sorts of atrocities will receive financial compensation after a thorough process the board has laid out.

4th Brainsbee Reels Off July 5 in 3rd District

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All is set for the 2014 BRAINSBEE NI ALBEE SA DISTRICT 3 come July 5 (Saturday) from 8 am to 4 pm as the first barangay elimination round will simultaneously be launched in Barangays Cansilayan and Damsite in Murcia; Barangays Cabatangan and Concepcion in Talisay; Barangays 1 and 3 in Silay City; Barangays Pasil and Alicante in E.B. Magalona; and Barangays 9 and 13 in Victorias City.

Jail Officers in Hot Water for Escape of Inmates

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Two jail guards are in hot water for the escape of inmates Sunday afternoon at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Talisay City.

The escape of an inmate also cost the relief of Jail Senior Inspector Nillon Magbanua, as a normal process, according to Senior Jail Officer 3 Leo Lacerna, the Regional BJMP 6 Investigation and Detection Head, said.

Jail Officer 1 Junel Moreno and Jail Officer 3 Victor Servo were on duty during the escape of Arman Toledo Penalo, 24, single, of Talisay City who is charged with robbery and frustrated murder.

Induction of CHMSC Graduate School Officers Held

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By James U. Sy Jr.

Three new sets of officers of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate Studies for AY 2014-2015 were inducted last June 28, 2014 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the college’s Fortunetowne Campus.

The new set of officers for the Master in Public Administration (MPA) Program (below the stage) and for the Master in Business Administration (MBA) Program (on the stage) of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate Studies for AY 2014-2015 taking their own before inducting officer Prof. Manuel L. Ramos. Dean for the College of Business Management and Accountancy, last June 28, 2014 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the college’s Fortune Towne Campus.*(Carlamer Ciokon/CHMSC GSSC photo)

‘Bury CARP Now, Replace with GARL’

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Hundreds of farmers under the militant Kilusang Magbubukid Sa Pilipinas-Negros (KMP-Negros) observed yesterday the last day of the Comporehensive Agrarian reform Program (CARP), and (CARPER) with protest actions in two Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) offices in Bacolod City.

TOTALIZER METER. (Left to right) NGCP’s OIC-Metering Section, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Al B. Buneda and SMR Section Head, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Glynn B. Bulfa, CENECO’s OIC–Line Maintenance Division Engr. Joecel T. Campantero, GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr., District IX–Silay City Director Michael S. Maravilla, Acting Asst. GM Jesus Amado L. Dormido, OIC–Systems Operation Division Engr. Oscar C. Duca, Jr. and Systems Engineers Phillip Remetre and Ceasar Ian Laguda at the NGCP site during the installation and energization of the totalizer meter.*

KMP Secretary-General Felipe Levy Gelle, in an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, said about 400 farmers from various places trooped to DAR office at Dawis-San Sebastian Streets and briefly occupied it without any resistance from the guards.

Gelle said they also held a rally at the Fountain of Justice at the old Bacolod City Hall grounds.

They also held another short rally at the other DAR office located at the Capitol Shopping Center,

Bacolod SP Pushes Increase in SSS Pension

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Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod approved last June 25, 2014 Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr.’s resolution endorsing and declaring support to House Bill 175, otherwise known as the "Proposed Act Increasing the Pensions under the Social Security System (SSS)".

House of Representatives Bill 175, filed by Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate seeks to increase monthly pension of qualified SSS members to P5,000.00 from the current monthly pension rates.

Bacolod-Silay 69KV Totalizer Meter Energized

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) set a power service interruption on June 22, 2014, Sunday to tap new Potential Transformers, Current Transformers and Lightning Arrester for the installation and energization of the Totalizer Meter (TM) of CENECO Bacolod-Silay 69kV Transmission Line that serves Burgos, Mt. View, Talisay, Panaogao, and Lopez substations.

TOTALIZER METER. (Left to right) NGCP’s OIC-Metering Section, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Al B. Buneda and SMR Section Head, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Glynn B. Bulfa, CENECO’s OIC–Line Maintenance Division Engr. Joecel T. Campantero, GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr., District IX–Silay City Director Michael S. Maravilla, Acting Asst. GM Jesus Amado L. Dormido, OIC–Systems Operation Division Engr. Oscar C. Duca, Jr. and Systems Engineers Phillip Remetre and Ceasar Ian Laguda at the NGCP site during the installation and energization of the totalizer meter.*

Angan to Cops, Brgy. Officials: ‘Intensify Anti-Illegal Drug Drives’

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At the start of the month-long Police Community Relations Month celebration, Chief Supt. Josephus Garrote Angan, Regional Police Director, ordered policemen to intensify anti-illegal drugs campaigns.

Police Inspector Shela Mae Sangrines, Regional PNP Public Information Officer said, Angan in ceremonies yesterday also called the attention of barangay officials to support his campaign against illegal drugs, and encourage them to utilize their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

Trillanes for VP or President in 2016?

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For 2016 election, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he will run for either vice president or president. He divulged his plan during a presscon over the weekend, prior to his speaking engagement as guest speaker at the 39th annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) of Central Negros Electric cooperative (CENECO) at the West Negros University Gym.

However, he said, his decision will depend on the outcome of the convention or assembly of their party, Nacionalista Party, on December 24, wherein Manny Villar is their chairman.

Oplan: Mini-Aklatan Continues Mission in Abkasa ES

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By Pauline Angela Mabasa

Oplan: Mini-Aklatan group of University of St. La Salle donated more than 150 books to Abkasa Elementary School in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

(From left) Oplan Mini-Aklatan team members: Rowel Edward Dela Peña, Austere Rex Gamao, Marie Therese Lopez, Mae Anne Villanueva, Diane Thea Opelario with their Dev Com Instructor, Rhoderick Samonte in the renovated "mini-aklatan".*(Pauline Mabasa)

Culture Nurture: E is for Education, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Economy

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by James U. Sy, Jr.

Why go to college? An often asked question in college and university interviews that doesn’t seem to be answered with enough deep thought to the matter. The usual answers that one gets include to gain more knowledge, to graduate from college, and to have a good job, which by themselves are correct…partially correct actually.

GARDENING TIME: The Negros Occidental Garden Club's (NOGC) Damas del Dia group gave members a presentation on Healthy Tips for Gardeners at the club's monthly meeting at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel recently.
Damas del Dia members are (from left, seated) Charito Mendoza, Baby Gonzaga, Araceli Flores, Virgie Lopue, Peps Remitio, (from left, standing) Sally Germinal, Amai Lopue, Cely Jugo, May Hanlon, Carrie Maalat, Nita Estrella, Betty Jarder, Vicky Lopue, and Yoly Kilayko.*

‘Big Politicans Behind Illegal Logging’

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Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental said there are politicians who are involved in the illegal cutting of trees in the mountains of the town.

PATROL CAR. A refurbished Mitsubishi Lancer being turned over to the Bacolod City Police Office by Bantay Banwa member Vic Tan following the regular meeting of the Bacolod City Peace and Order Council. From, (left) newly appointed BCPO OIC S/Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, Pastor Efren Dela Cruz of Bantay Banwa, City Mayor Monico Puentevella, TMU chief Insp. Roger Ong, Romie Li of Republic Hardware, DILG OIC Cherryl Tacda, Bantay Banwa’s Dot Soliven and Police Officer 4 Julito Colantro.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Estrao, however admitted that he can not pinpoint the names of such politicians behind the cutting of endangered species of trees.

He said there is no sufficient evidence yet against the alleged politicians, adding that reports reaching him about them came from the people commissioned to do the actual cutting of trees.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENBO) in the area earlier also said that private persons with the money to finance the cutting of trees are also behind poaching.

Government operatives lately confiscated thousands of board feet of cut lumber from endangered species, reportedly cut from the virgin forest in the town, and were intended for building boat hulls.

Trillanes to Ceneco Consumers: Power Rates Decrease Possible

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Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, in a speech delivered over the weekend here in Bacolod gave hope to 160,234 member-consumers of Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) declared that power rates can be decrease dependent on the national government’s proper implementation of the 2001 Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, left, guest speaker at the jampacked gym of WNU relevant to the 39th annual general membership assembly (AGMA) of CENECO. (CENECO photos)

Marijuana in Toothpaste Tube Intercepted

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Four sticks of marijuana cigarettes were intercepted by alert personnel of Bago City BJMP concealed in a toothpaste tube and delivered by unidentified tricycle driver about 1:30PM.

BJMP Chief Inspector Julius Ceasar Chavez immediately held the plastic bag containing laundry soaps, bath soaps, toothpaste and other toiletries intended for Agustin" Jojo" Salutin who was detained for murder.

The plastic bag was subjected to normal process of inspection but they doubted the form of toothpaste tube which attract their attention.

Negrense De la Cuz is new TUCP Party-list Rep. in Congress

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Negrense Roland de la Cruz will be the newest member of the 16th Congress that opens its second regular session on July 28.

De la Cruz, who is from Murcia, Negros Occidental, was the first nominee of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Party-list, the country’s largest labor group, in the May 2013 elections.

TUCP Party-list got about 380,000 votes nationwide, earning one representative to the House of Representatives.

Yesterday (June 29), TUCP spokesperson Raffy Mapalo announced in a press statement that De la Cruz is replacing Raymond Democrito Mendoza TUCP Party-list representative.

Mapalo explained that the Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld with finality former Sen. Ernesto Herrera’s assumption of the post of TUCP president, thus affirming the validity of all the acts that he performed as chief executive of the national labor center.

Congress Okays More Courts for Bacolod

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 Congress has approved on third and final reading the measures creating more regional and municipal trial courts in Bacolod city, Rep. Evelio R Leonardia announced yesterday

LAWMAKERS IN BACOLOD. Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia and Senator Antonio Trillanes meet at the Central Negros Electric Cooperative 39th Annual General Membership Assembly at West Negros University in Bacolod City over the weekend.*

Bacolod Set to Observe Nutrition Month this July

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In a resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and adapted by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last June 25, 2014, the City of Bacolod is set to observe the 2014 Nutrition Month carrying the theme "Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan".

4YO Girl Run Over

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A 4-year old girl was declared dead in Sagay City after she was reportedly ran over by a tractor, Friday morning.

Traffic police reported that a farm tractor owned by Mardal Corporation driven by Uldarico Bayta, 54, of Purok Maalwan, Brgy. Makiling, Sagay City accidentally ran over Angel Mae Bordan, of Sitio Palanas, Brgy. Rizal.

The incident happened inside the compound of Mardal Corporation at Sitio Palanas in Brgy. Rizal.

She was rushed to a hospital facility in the city but was declared dead by attending physician.

La Carlota Cop Raids ‘Drug Den’

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A drug den was raided by police operatives in La Carlota City, Friday afternoon and arrested the suspected owner and a user at Gan Subdivision, Brgy. II Poblacion.

PCInsp. Gary Alan Resuma and his team effected the search at the house of Jeffrey Otero, 24, through warrant number 96-2014 issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 Judge Pepito B. Sellado.

Trillanes Outlines Challenges to Power, Energy Problems, Urges Solution

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A balance needs to be planned insofar as power and electricity is concerned while Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who led a mutiny years ago, along with reform-minded and oriented soldiers mostly marines, said he would run for a higher position in the national government come the 2016 national elections.

Trillanes, always serious-looking and speaking, was the guest speaker during the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) assembly last Saturday at West Negros Gym, Bacolod City.

San Carlos PNP in Hot Water for Refusing Blotter Entry

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San Carlos City PNP is in hot water after refusing to put in its blotter about abduction incident that happened under their jurisdiction by a Cadiz City resident on Sunday.

Chief Supt Josephus Angan, Regional PNP 6 chief ordered Supt Victorino Romanillos to explain why they fail to blotter the incident when said person reported to their office Sunday.

On SM Case vs. Capitol, Board Members to Hold Caucus on Wednesday

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The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental will hold a caucus on Wednesday, July 2, to discuss the seriousness and decide legal steps regarding the case filed by SM Prime Holding Inc (SMPHI).

Respondents of the case includes Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr, the committee on awards and disposal of real properties, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and Ayala Land, Inc..

PNP to File Charges for Seized Firearms & Ammos

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Police operatives are set to file charges this week against the subject of the search warrant where cache of firearms and ammunitions were seized in a rented residential house located at #85 San Carlos, West Avenue, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Brgy. Banago about 6:30PM Wednesday.

This was disclosed by Chief Supt Josephus Angan, Regional Director of Western Visayas Regional Office.

Angan said pertinent documents are still being collated for the filing of charges in court against Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.


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The young needs guidance

Mayor Monico O. Puentevella yesterday agreed with Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra on the need to protect young Bacoleños from the bad influences of the so-called wet and wild parties and to encourage clean fun, for them to indulge in wholesome activities, notably sports and encourage parents to be always aware of their children’s whereabouts.

Puentevella thanked the Bishop for taking up the cudgels for worried parents by calling on all sectors - religious, civic and government alike to join hands in this worthy advocacy for the benefit of the young who definitely needs some guidance and understanding.

As the Bishop had stated in his letter to the Mayor, "The moulding of the youth shall not only be the responsibility of parents but also those in the church and government must have a hand in the formation of our young children."

Puentevella also agreed with Bishop Navarra and Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Diocesan Social Action Center in their letter that "there is need to take necessary steps to protect the young from engaging in parties or gatherings that do not promote growth but encourage decadent behavior."

Police Fails to Establish Motive in Ex-Ilog SB Member Killing

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Police in Ilog town has not yet found the motive behind the killing of Edmund Turk Vail, former Sangguniang Bayan member of Ilog who was shot dead Tuesday night in a bar at Brgy. Dancalan of the said town.

This despite the persis-tence of barangay residents in entertaining three angles as motives of the killing.

"We are not undermining police capability in investi-gating the incident, but they should have entertained them in conducting parallel investigation to dig deeper into the killing," a local resident who asked not to be identified, said..

Inauguration of La Carlota New CSWD Office and Access Rd. Held

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About P3,499,745 worth of infrastructure projects allotted to the construction of new CSWD Office and concreting of 6-meter wide Access Road were blessed and inaugurated by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer last June 26, 2014. The Mayor was assisted by Vice-Mayor Luis "Jacky" Jalandoni III and Mrs. Julia M. Uy, RSW, Officer-in-Charge, CSWDO.

The new CSWD Office, located at Ledesma-Locsin Streets, Barangay 1 Poblacion, La Carlota City was blessed by Rev. Fr. Lou-An P. Torrefranca, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peace.

USLS to Celebrate its 62nd Anniversary

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The University of St. La Salle (USLS) will celebrate its 62nd anniversary on June 30 to July 5 2014 through a week-long activity dubbed as Handumanan Week.

The Institutional Events Committee chairman is Geoffrey Bob Bergante with Rhoderick Samonte as Co-Chairman, the other 24 committee members are heads of various offices of the institution.

To be honored in this activity are the Founding brothers Bro. Felix Masson, FSC, Bro. Denis Ruhland, FSC, president, 195201953 and Bro. Hugh Wester, FSC, who also served the institution in various capacities.

The late Alfredo Montelibano, Sr., the most prominent benefactor of La Salle-Bacolod will also be accorded appropriate honors. He is the first Mayor of Bacolod City (1938-1941), Governor, 1945-1946, and Secretary of National Defense (1942-1945).

Public Hearing on the Use and Sale of E-Cigarette Set

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A public hearing on the proposed ordinance to regulate the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, docketed as SP Correspondence 08-14-0476 was scheduled by Sangguniang Panlungsod on July 1, 2014, Tuesday, 10:00AM at the SP Session of the Bacolod People’s House.

Welcome Home Foundation Launches Food Processing Project

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The Welcome Home Foundation launched their Food Processing Project recently by inauguration of their building, equipment and materials, which is situated at Villa Valderama Subdivision in Bacolod City.

Beneficiaries of Welcome Home Foundation with their officers and guests together with Rev. Fr. Savino Castiglione

The Foundation attends to the needs of the hearing-impaired community, not only in Bacolod City but also from certain sectors in the province.

Mayor Airs Stand on Certain Issues Credits Bacoleños for their Support & Cooperation on His First Year in Office

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Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has reiterated his policy to always attend to the concerns of his constituents listen to complaints and acting on issues with the end in view of maximizing the benefits that would redound to addressing people’s needs.

He made the declaration in an interview with Radyo Veritas anchorman Boy Ciocon yesterday when asked about his stand on some vital issues affecting people’s lives in Bacolod City.

Sack of Bullets Found

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A sack containing hundreds of live ammunition was endorsed to local police authorities early this week in Silay City.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) records showed that 900 pieces of caliber .9mm live ammunitions were found at St. Francis Shrine Subdivision, Brgy. 4 following the report from a concerned citizen.

Drug Raps Ready vs. 2 Victorias Local

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Criminal charges for violation of illegal drugs act were filed against two residents of Victorias City after being arrested, Wednesday and Thursday.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief charged Danilo Torena and Erwin Padronia, of Brgy. 9A and Brgy. 6, respectively for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

CHMSC Graduate School Student Council Officers to be Inducted

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The new set of officers of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate School Student Council (GSSC) for AY 2014-2015 will be inducted today, June 28, 2014 at the college’s Fortunetowne Campus.

Inducting Officer will be Dean Dr. Manuel L. Ramos. Also to grace the event are Dr. Ma. Teresa Ballados and Prof. Ma. Isabel D. Tubera.

At Prov’l Capitol, PACE Members Want Explanation on Expenses

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"Unless the P602,615.00 savings from funeral assistance contribution collected from the members is adequately explained, we are not amenable to the imposition by the incumbent officers of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) to automatically deduct from our salary the total amount of P420.00, through P15.00 deduction during payday until that total amount is reached."

MARCHING FOR PEACE, SERVING THE COUNTRYSIDE. Buenavista Elementary School Principal Carlito Sablaon (3rd from right) receives P10,000 worth of financial assistance from the provincial government for their school’s project during the final convergence of the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" at Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, yesterday. In photo are Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao (center), Himamaylan Mayor Agustin Bascon (5th from right), Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal (6th from left), 303rd IB Commander Col Jon Aying (4th from left), 302nd IB Deputy Commander Col. Christopher Estella (2nd from right), 47th IB Commander Lt. Col. Ariel Reyes (3rd from left), 302nd IB CMO Maj. Edgardo Amores (2nd from left), 11th IB Commander Lt. Col. Paulito Idul (left), Himamaylan PNP Chief PSupt. Antonietto Cañete (5th from left), School District Superintendent Jessie Galvez (4th from right) Councilor Mary Jane Higgins (right) and Brgy. Buenavista Captain Harry Higgins.* (Capitol photo)

3 Homes Robbed in One Night

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Police authorities in Cauayantown are in pursuit of suspects involved in a series of robbery, Tuesday.

Three persons reported that their houses were forcibly entered by suspects who stole their cash and assorted valuables that reached a total of P150,000.

Ma. Nerissa Montes, 47, and Yolanda Guiljon, 72, of Brgy. Caliling separately lodged complaints before the police claiming that their houses were victimized.

Jocelyn Talorong, 40, of Brgy. Masaling, also complained that her house was robbed.

Sen. Cynthia Villar to Address 61st Philsutech Convention

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Sen. Cynthia Villar

Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, has confirmed her attendance as the keynote speaker during the formal opening of the 61st Annual National Convention on August 13, 2014 at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City.

This was disclosed yesterday by Philsutech Corporate Secretary and Administrative Manager Haydee Villanueva-Rivera who heads the Philsutech Secretariat in the preparations for the convention which runs from August 12-15.

Philsutech officers and members expect Villar to discuss legislative measures to help the sugar industry, particularly the status of the Senate version of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act which was originally proposed in the Lower House by Rep. Albee Benitez (3rd District-Negros Occ.).

The bill aims to generate funds to strengthen the competitiveness and boost the diversification efforts of the sugarcane industry when tariff on imported sugar drops to a nominal 5 percent by 2015.

It can be recalled that Sen. Villar presided a public hearing on the bill last November 14, 2013 in Bacolod City. The hearing was attended by Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina B. Martin and industry leaders and stakeholders.

Martin will also address the Philsutech members on the second day of the convention which is the only national event where all industry stakeholders gather under one roof to discuss the latest technological breakthroughs and recent developments worldwide affecting the industry.

7-Yr. Old Girl, Sexagenarian Killed in Road Mishap

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Two fatalities were reported and one injury in road accidents in Murcia and Hinoba-an towns, early this week.

In Murcia, traffic police reported that 7-year old Mary Jane Montinola, of Purok Cabarles, Brgy. Damsite was declared dead by attending physician at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) a couple of hours after the accident.

Montinola was bumped by a Honda XRM motorcycle driven by Johnny Rey Bigacas, 25, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, who was collecting payments from borrowers of JLJ Lending Corporation at Brgy. Damsite.

Police Operatives to Establish Linkages to Previous Firearms Raid

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Police operatives are establishing possible linkages to the previous firearms raid and missing firearms from the national headquarters of the PNP, after Wednesday night’s raid in a posh subdivision in Bacolod City.

The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) raided a residential house inside Sta. Clara Subdivision about 6:30 PM Wednesday.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua of the RTC Branch 51 issued the search warrant against Angelo Eugene Lacson Gawit, legal age, of #85 San Carlos, West Avenue, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Brgy. Banago in the city.

Illegal Poacher Charged in Court

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A person illegally cut trees in a protected area in Brgy. Camalandaan, Cauayan last week.

Brgy. Captain Boy Cesar identified one of the residents of his barangay as Joemarie Villar.

Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) officer, Dr. Vilma Linates whose jurisdiction covers Hinoba-an and Cauayan also confirmed the filing of charges against Villar.

Villar appealed to authoritires not to pursue the case saying he thought the place is not a protected area.

Villar cut trees which he intended to use in the repair of his house.

PIA-DENR Join Hands for CC Advocacy Campaign

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The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched Wednesday a climate change advocacy campaign with the focal theme, "Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago".

The campaign aims to weaken apathy and change the mindset of the youth, its target audience, towards climate change and its effects through an extensive and intensive Information, Education and Communication campaign.

It strategizes to position and engage the youth as active proponents of the campaign.

Fu Jen Catholic U of Taiwan Admin Visits USLS for Possible Tie-up

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Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan administrators visited the University of St. La Salle (USLS) for a partnership meeting, June 25.

VCAA Balor, College of Education Dean Cherry Mae Biaco, and CoE staff with Fu Jen Catholic University delegates.*

The meeting was with regard to the possible tie-up of USLS with the Fu Jen Catholic U Graduate School of Educational Leadership and Development headed by Chair Mei-Chin Lin.

USLS to Celebrate Founding Anniversary Week

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On June 30 to July 5, the University of St. La Salle (USLS) will celebrate its founding Anniversary—the Handumanan Week.

As USLS remains true to its mission by transforming lives, building communities and shaping futures, the University has prepared a series of events for the week-long celebration.

These activities includes the celebration of the legacy of the Golden Jubilarians of Class ’64; the activities are organized by the USLS Alumni Relations Office with the Alumni Association.

CPOC Conducts Regular Meeting

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The Bacolod City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) held itsregular meeting yesterday at the Annex Hall of the Bacolod People’s House where 30 members, including Chairman and City Mayor Monico Puentevella attended the seminar.

Following the reading and approval of the minutes of the previous meeting, the City Veterinary Office, headed by Dr. Maria Agueda Trinidad dela Torre extended her office’s campaign on the catching and impounding of stray dogs as well as some 20,400 vaccinated dogs and cats from January to May.

DTI Says Prices of Basic Goods Stable, to Increase SRP in July

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Although the prices of basic goods in the supermarkets here are stable, but there is an increase in the suggested retail prices of milk and milk products effective July 1, 2014, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental.

Prices of basic commodities are not just easily increased because the manufacturers have to apply for price increase at the DTI main office in Manila, where the price increase is determined if considerable or not.

Sta. Clara Raid Nets 16 AK-47 Assault Rifles

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Also numerous other firearms & ammunitions

Some 16 AK-47 assault rifles and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunitions were seized in a police raid on a rented house at Sta. Clara Subdivision in Bacolod City early last night.

"(Right photo) Newspaper editor and former Negros Press Club president Arman Toga, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal and Philippine Information Agency Information Center Manager Lorenzo Lambatin Jr. seal their commitment to advocate for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation as part of the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign between PIA and DENR with the focal theme: Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

Police operatives from various units, led by the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), also recovered various types of firearms and accessories, during the raid at a Jalandoni family-owned house being rented by one Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.

Fiscalizers of Murcia, BACIWA Oppose MOA Signing

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The extraordinary push by the executive management of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and ally-members of the water firm particularly half of the six-man board of directors, once signed and implemented could hugely become a disadvantage to water-consuming residents of the city, for two major reasons, an expose’ promised by NNF/NDB last week.

Magdalo Group Urges Police to Hasten Probe re Slain Ex-Ilog Councilor

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Magdalo Partylist Representative Capt. Gary Alejano in a radio interview yesterday morning, is urging the policemen of Ilog Police Station in the municipality of Ilog, south of Negros Occidental, to expedite the investigation on the killing of Edmond Turk Vail, a former town councilor who was surprisingly shot dead in a store in Dancalan, Ilog while having a drinking spree with his friends who are retired engineers of SONEDCO. The suspects were riding in tandem who even greeted the victim and his friends. When he acted to extend his hand

Basic Entrepreneurship for MSMEs

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In its aim to help members and interested public to develop their entrepreneurial skills, the Association of Negros Producers (a network of 120MSMEs) is organizing a learning day on the basics and Joys of Entrepreneurship. Participants will be introduced to what is Entrepreneurship, Business Myths & Misconceptions, What are the skills to develop to be a successful entrepreneur. Speakers will be entrepreneurs themselves who started their business at the height of the sugar crisis in the mid 80s.

DENR Urges Youths to Help Protect the Environment

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Due to limited personnel with huge coverage, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal is urging the youth, academe, NGOs, private and public communities to support and participate in enforcing environmental laws and in educating upland residents on their roles in protecting the environment.

PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICER for Negros Occidental Andres Untal (with mic, right photo) attends the launching and press conference of the PIA-DENR Climate Change Adovocacy Campaign in Bacolod City, flanked by his Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (l-r) Park Superintendent of Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park Cecil Cañada, CENRO-Bacolod Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya (hidden), CENRO Sipalay Vilma Limates, CENRO-Cadiz Edgardo Rostata and CENRO-Kabankalan Normandy Lebelo. *(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Balcells Belies Insinuations Hounding North Terminal Deal

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In a public hearing conducted June 24, 2014, lot owner Carlos Balcells attended and clarified position against claims by businessman Crispin Chua pointing Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. as abusive and corrupt – for allegedly using the office as councilor and Chair of the Transportation Committee for his personal vested interest.

BACOLOD Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. presiding the June 24, 2014 public hearing to expunge or delete in the records certain accusations hurled against him by businessman-Northbound Terminal operator Crispin Chua. Right photo: Carlos Balcells who categorically denied Chua’s allegations, Teddy Macainan and Atty. Caesar Beloria.*

Cops Seize Shabu, Gun in Moises Padilla Raid

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Suspected drugs, paraphernalia and a gun were confiscated from a resident of Moises Padilla town following a raid led by the local police authorities early this week.

PSInsp. Joemarie Occeño, police officer-in-charge effected the search and seizure operation against Rodrigo Esteban Jr. at Hacienda San Benito, Brgy. Crossing Magallon, consequently arresting the subject’s wife, Gemma.

DENR and San Carlos City Conduct Training for Land Titling

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DENR Cadiz City and LGU San Carlos have conducted training for Deputy Public Land Inspectors (DPLIs) in San Carlos City. This includes participants from the City Assessors Office, City Housing Office, City Planning Office and DENR DPLIs. The training was held for two (2) days for DPLIs. The training was part of the responsibilities of parties in line with the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement entered between DENR and LGU San Carlos in August last year to jointly work in the titling of agricultural and residential land in San Carlos City.

DENR Cadiz Reorganize MFPC in the 1st District of Negros Occ.

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DENR Cadiz City has recently reorganized the Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee (MFPC) in the 1st District of Negros Occidental. The MFPC aims to have a district wide effort in forest protection among LGUs in the district. The MFPC was attended by 40 stakeholders that include LGUs, PNP, Philippine Army, Coast Guard, legislators, NGOs, Bantay Gubat Group and POs.

3 Angles Eyed in Killing of Ex-SB in Ilog

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Three angles are being considered in the killing of former Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member of Ilog town who was gunned down inside a bar at Brgy. Dancalan Tuesday night.

Edmund Turk Vail, 48, married, with two children sustained gunshot wounds in the head, chest and other parts of the body.

He was rushed to Kabankalan City hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Turk Vail, whose wife is abroad, is the owner of Dancalan Private Academy and general manager of Ilog Water District.

Sec. Roxas on One Island Negros Region

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DILG Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II has expressed strong support for the One Island Negros Region as guest of honor during the island-wide consultation meeting with local leaders, businessmen and several other sectors Tuesday at the Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental.

Also endorsing the move were local officials of Negros Occidental headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, and Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental with some of the community leaders of the two Negros provinces.

Roxas said, "the move is a significant one in the whole Negros Island."

Victorias City’s Most Wanted Falls

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Police authorities in Victorias City arrested its most wanted person for murder in a raid, Tuesday morning in Don Salvador Benedicto.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief led the apprehension of Ramil Parreñas, 22, and considered to be the City’s most wanted along with his father Ramon Parreñas, 49, both of Hacienda Naglo, Brgy. 12 for charges of murder and frustrated murder, respectively.

Both father and son tandem were nabbed through a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 40 – Silay City Judge Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio.

Ex-SB Man & School Pres. Shot Dead

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Ilog Police Station operatives are in pursuit of suspects involved in last night’s shooting to death of a former town councilor and Dancalan Private Academy (DPA) president.

Former Ilog Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Edmund Turk Vail, DPA’s President, was shot dead at about 8 last night by unidentified men riding on a motorcycle.

Vail, 48 years old and married, was with his friends in a store in Barangay Dancalan proper in Ilog when shot dead by the riding-in-tandem.

DILG SECRETARY Mar Roxas during yesterday’s One Negros Island Region consultation meeting at the Provincial Capitol yesterday.*(Owen S. Bayog photo)

A source very close to Vail whose name is being withheld by NDB, in a long distance call last night, said Vail was rushed to a hospital facility in Kabankalan City after the shooting but was declared dead by the attending physician.

Gamboa Conducts Public Hearing on Proposed Bike Week Ordinance

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Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. has conducted a public hearing on his proposed ordinance "Establishing the Second Week of May as the celebration of the Bacolod Bike Week."

BIKE WEEK ORDINANCE HEARING. Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. explains the salient features of his proposed Bike Week Ordinance proposal before bike enthusiasts, bike shop owners and other stakeholders during a public hearing at the Bacolod People’s House.*

Ombudsman to Summon Carbon, BACIWA Officials for Ignoring Landowner’s Complaint

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Officials of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) are to be summoned sometime next month, to explain why the anti-graft complaint filed by Talisay City hinterland landowner, Erle Gonzales should not be compensated for the water being taken out of his property in Barangay Balogo, Talisay.

Letter to the Editor

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‘Psychic Healing, Surgery in Negros’?

June 20, 2014


Mr. Arman Toga
Editor, Negros Daily Bulletin

Dear Mr. Toga,

Bacolod Barangays Urged to Clean Sewers this Rainy Season

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At the onset of the rainy season, Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. filed a resolution to the Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last June 18, 2014 urging the 61 Barangays to conduct garbage cleaning operations and clearing obstacles in sewers and canals.

New BCPO-OIC Eyes Reshuffling

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A reshuffling in the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is impending after the assumption of its new officer-in-charge director in a ceremony, Monday.

PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan, RD, PRO 6, during the distribution of financial assistance to the legal beneficiaries of wounded in police operation and deceased PNP Personnel on June 24, 2014 held at Canlaon Hall, NOPPO, HQ.*

3 Suspects Charged in Killing a Seaman

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Three suspects were charged Monday by police authorities in the killing of a 25-year-old seaman, at the City Prosecutor’s Office in Cadiz City.

Charged were Santigo "Tagoy" Aguisanda; Reynaldo "Kawa" Tan, and Kenneth Inocencio, all of Brgy. Zone 2, Cadiz.

The three were charged for killing Rey Divinagracia Carbajal of Brgy. Zone 6 while the latter walking with three others in an alley in Purok Eden in Brgy. Zone 4, at about 12:30 Saturday morning.

Carbajal sustained gunshot and stab wounds.

RD PRO 6 Lends Helping Hand to PNP Members

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The legal beneficiaries of the wounded in police operations and deceased Philipine National Police (PNP) personnel received financial assistance.

The turn-over was held at the Canlaon Hall of NOPPO Headquarters at Camp Alfredo Montelibano in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, yesterday.

Mayor to New Bacolod PNP OIC-Director Pedrito Escarilla ‘Suppress Illegal Drugs’

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Right after his assumption yesterday afternoon as the new officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), PSSupt. Pedrito Escarilla vowed to further intensify efforts against illegal drugs in the city as urged by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella.

NEW BACOLOD POLICE OIC-DIRECTOR. (Left to right) Police Superintendent Armando Tubongbanua, Police Regionall Director Josephus Angan, City Mayor Monico Puentevella and newly-installed Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) OIC-Director Pedrito Escarilla at yesterday’s command turnover rites at the Bacolod People’s House.* (CMO-PIO photo)

The assumption of office was held at the Bacolod People’s House, with Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) Director PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan and Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.

PSSupt. Escarilla was chosen to temporarily take the post vacated by retired PSSupt. Larry Decena over other nominees, including former BCPO-OIC PSSupt. Edgardo Ordaniel, Iver Apellido, Marlon Ganzon, Kashmir Disomangcop, Julius Lagiwid, and Marieto Valerio.

Puentevella Warns Businesses: ‘Pay Permits, Other Fees’

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Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has warned business establishments that the city government will crack down on commercial centers, more especially on the big ones which have been remiss in paying business permits and other fees regardless of the softline approach of appealing to them to settle.

About a week now functionaries tasked to ensure that payments be made will go around the city and once more check whether commercial establishments have settled their mandatory obligations, the chief executive said during his regular press conference yesterday at the People’s Hall.

Gov Marañon Calls for Bago River Conservation

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. called for the conservation of the Bago River Watershed during the opening program of the Bago River Watershed Multi-Stakeholder Forum held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, yesterday, with the theme, "Developing Markets for Watershed Services from Forests: Challenges and Opportunities".

BAGO WATERSHED. Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (seated 4th from right) with participants of the Bago River Watershed Multi-Stakeholders Forum held at the Capitol Social Hall, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

Former CENECO Employee Shot Dead

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A former employee of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) was shot dead by an unidentified man at their rented house in Zone 10, Block 19, Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod about 10:30 yesterday morning.

Police identified the victim as Diego Castillo Panhilason, 43, married. He sustained multiple gunshots in the head and body and was declared dead on arrival at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Panhilason was fixing his motorcycle when an unidentified man offered to help him.


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Mrs. Ruby C. Cruz, coordinator of the Negros Farmers Weekend Market situated along Magsaysay Street, Bacolod City, announced yesterday that due to the clamor of the market’s clientele, the facility will be open Saturdays and Sundays on June 28 and 29, 2014.

Since March 15, 2013, the market would only open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Puentevella Reports on His Brazil Trip; Clears Issues Now Prevailing in Bacolod

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, in a press conference held yesterday at the People’s House, reported on his activities during the World Cup in Brazil which was sponsored by FIFA.

Mayor Monico Puentevella, after his stint at the 2014 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World cup in Brazil, met the Bacolod Press yesterday to discuss various issues. With him is City Administrator Rolando Villamor (Gil Severino Photo)

‘Reds’ Shoot Ex-CAA Member Dead

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A former member of the Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) was shot dead by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) about 2PM, Sunday at Hacienda Mandayao II in Brgy. Mansalanao, La Castellana town.

Authorities identified the victim as Jovito Velasco, 55, laborer, a former CAA member of 12th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and resident of Hda. Mandayao III.

The former paramilitary Velasco succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

Man Killed by In-law

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A man, while on a heated argument with his father-in-law was stabbed dead by the husband of his sister-in-law in Hda. Conchita, Brgy. Andres Bonifacio, Cadiz City about 4PM Sunday.

Police identified the victim as Emmar Hilario Gumban, 29, of the place. He sustained a stab wound at the back of his body from an "ice pick".

He was declared dead at Cadiz District Hospital.

Police identified the suspect as Guillermo Servaña, 36, who escaped to a sugarcane farm nearby.

Accessibility Audit Result of Polling Places Out

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A Non-stock, non-profit legal Non-Government Organization Upholding Life and Nature or ULAN will present their accessibility audit report in a forum on June 24, 1PM at Chalet, L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

ULAN which specializes on environmental human rights is currently implementing a project aimed at facilitating the rights of persons with disability (PWD) to effectively participate in the electoral process.

Senator Grace Poe to Address 5th BLT Negros Summit July 1

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The Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT), a public-private partnership school feeding program will hold its 5th BLT Negros Summit on July 1 with Senator Grace Poe-LLamanzares and Education USEC Mario Derequito as keynote speakers.

Senator Grace Poe

Councilor Palermo, DSWD Meet with PWDs

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Bacolod Councilor Ann Marie Palermo together with City Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Head Pacit Tero recently met with Persons with Disability (PWDs) to discuss their activities during the PWD national celebration which will be held on July 17-23, 2014 in Bacolod City.

CONFERENCE FACILITATORS. (Left to right) Bacolod City Councilor Ann Marie Palermo and City DSWD Head Pacit Tero

Comelec Comm. Padaca Confers with PWDs, Sr. Citizens

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Commissioner Ma. Grace Cielo M. Padaca conferred with Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens last Saturday which was held at the Provincial Comelec Office in Bacolod City.

Commissioner Padaca with Atty. Jesse Suarez and Atty. Mavil M. Sia at the meeting

‘Don’t Entice IPs to Cut Trees’ DENR-CENRO Urges

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While Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal said there are government officials from southern Negros Occidental and Oriental who were alleged to be behind illegal logging in Hinoba-an town, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro) Dr. Vilma Linates said private financiers are also behind cutting of endangered tree species.

Dr. Linates, whose area covers the towns of Hinobaan and Cauayan, appealed to the private sector to refrain from enticing people in the hinterlands, or those referred to as indigenous people (IPs), to engage in illegal logging in the wilderness of Barangay Damutan in Hinobaan or anywehre else.

These, following the discovery last week of 50- to 100-year old Lauan and other tree species that were illegally cut in the remaining virgin forest in Damutan.

IF THE LEADER LEADS BY EXAMPLE - the rest will surely follow. Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan led the blood letting activity at Barangay Zone 1 recently.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

The trees were reportedly left untouched by logging company Insular Lumber Co. (ILCO) decades ago to serve as a wildlife habitat.

Some 500 cut pieces of endangered tree species like Red Lauan, estimated to be about 1,000 cubic meters, were cut.

‘Ban Smoking in all Gov’t Premises’

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Now chairman of the Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. authored a resolution adapted by SP last June 18, 2014 requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to implement Ordinance No. 614 (s. 2013) which banned smoking of all types of tobacco products within government offices and premises.

BACOLOD CITY Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. addressing various representatives from different Cities of Negros Occidental. Dignitaries led by Silay Mayor Jose Montelibano attended this culmination program last June 16, 2014 dubbed 100%,Smoke-free Environment Campaign and Caravan organized by the Department of Health Region 6.*

COMELEC Introduces Accessible Polling Places for PWDs, Senior Citizens

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The Commission on Elections will be establishing a special polling place or Accessible Polling Places for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens come 2016 elections.

COMELEC Commissioner Grace Padaca, meets with representatives of Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens organizations in Bacolod City to discuss the Accessible Polling Place option for these sectors come 2016 elections. * (EAD-PIA6 photo)

COMELEC Commissioner Grace Padaca who visited the province and met with PWDs and senior citizens’ representatives said this to the local media.

NGCP Trains NONECO Linemen on Safety Practices

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines trains around 79 linemen of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative or NONECO, formerly known as VRESCO, on the global safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) trains linemen of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO), formerly known as VRESCO, on the global safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Cops Ready Raps vs. Call Center Agent's Shooter

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Authorities in Bacolod City are readying criminal charges against the suspects who shot a call center agent in the city, Thursday.

Police Station 2 revealed that Reynaldo Descutido Jr, 36, of Purok Mapinalangga-on, Brgy. 35 was shot by two unidentified persons who were riding-in-tandem, at about 9:36PM at corner 24th and Calamba Streets in Brgy. 3 while visiting his fiancé.

Investigations said two unidentified persons – a male and a female asked for him at the victim’s house about 4PM prior to the shooting incident.

Marginalized Sectors Establish Working Alliance for Subsistence Survival

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Militant sugar workers, small fisherfolks and farmers in Northern Negros, have established a working alliance under an umbrella along with the Philippine Independent Church (PIC), in a determined effort to jointly face the challenge of subsistence survival, and to improve their lives, leaders who came together last June 10-12, this year, declared.

The Senior Citizens Association of Brgy. 10 (SCAB-10) officers Induction

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The Senior Citizens Association of Barangay 10 (SCAB-10) officers were inducted at the office of Federation of Senior Citizen’s Associations of Bacolod Clty, Inc. (FSCAB) in Barangay 16 of this city on June 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

Atty. Pedrito B. Esquilla (seated, 2nd from left) and his staff members pose for souvenir during the simple B-10 elderly oathtaking.*

Guv Leads ‘Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" in Binalbagan

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Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. led the third convergence of the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" activity in Brgy. Bi-ao, Municipality of Binalbagan, Saturday.

GOVERNOR ALFREDO G. MARAÑON JR. speaks before the residents of Brgy. Bi-ao, Binalbagan during the third convergence of the Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside activity, Saturday.*(Capitol photo)

The 12-day activity is a joint project of the provincial government, the Philippine Army through the 303rd Infantry Brigade and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office under the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) which already saw action in the northern part of the province.

Letter to the Editor

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On the Hda. Palma-Hernaez Estate in Kabankalan City

June 20, 2014

Editor, Negros Daily Bulletin
Bacolod City

Dear Mr. Toga,

Diary of a Filipino American Tourist in the USA

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By Albert C. Rile

When once, I was a resident of Chicago, this time I became a tourist in the Windy City and a few other States in America. At the invitation of my brother Sam A. Rabor (the Rabors have become my extended family when the late Mama Simeona A. Rabor took care of me when I was seriously ill at the Windy City), I purchased a ticket to good old Chicago to attend the wedding of his only son, JR now a doctor on May 31, 2014 to a pretty Filipina pharmacist Stephanie Lopez.

Upon arrival, my sister Guada R. McNichols treated Manang Emma R. Ventura and me to a welcome lunch at Gale Street Grills with the clan. Next day was rehearsal for the wedding at the Holy Family Catholic Church in downtown Chicago, followed by dinner at Giordano’s Pizza. The wedding took place the following day with a reception at Intercontinental Hotel. Inasmuch as my brother-in-law Tom McNichols could not make it as a principal sponsor, he asked his lovely wife Guada to request me to act as a proxy for him. It was an honor hence, I walked down the aisle with the other sponsors with Joyce C. Rabor as my partner. We were both introduced by the emcee at the reception and I was announced by the father of the groom as a special guest from the Philippines who came all the way to Chicago to join the family on this very special occasion. There was a big applause (which I politely acknowledged) to my surprise!

Picture after the May 31- wedding of JR and Stephanie Rabor with my beautiful niece and baptismal god daughter Samantha F. Rabor.

500 Illegally Cut Trees Seized

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The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) found Wednesday about 500 pieces of Lawaan and other endangered tree species which were illegally cut in remote Barangay Damutan in Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental.

BACOLOD First Lady Josefa "Patching" Puentevella, City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya and Bacolod Councilors offered flowers as a sign of homage to Dr. Jose Rizal’s 153rd birth anniversary yesterday.*

Clara Moncada Vda. de Pabon Passes Away

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Clara Moncada Vda. de Pabon of Victorias City, Negros Occidental passed away on Father’s Day, June 15, 2014 at the age of 89.

(Photo above) DURING an oath taking rite years ago, Clara M. Pabon (4th from left) with then Mayor Bing Leonardia of Bacolod City.*

Drivers, Operators Hold Protest on Gov’t Agencies’ Onerous Impositions

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Drivers and operators of tricycle, passenger jeepneys, buses and taxis carried out a protest action in Bacolod City, before the Land Transportation Office (LTO), in coordination with a militant-led protest action nationwide rabidly denouncing the planned implementation of the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, which establishes what it said was the Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violations of Laws, Rules and Regulations Covering Land Transportation, issued June 2 of this year.

Water Interruption in the Service Area

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The Bacolod City Water District will conduct service improvement activities which will cause temporary water supply interruption and turbid water in some portions of the service area.

ACTIVITIES: 1. Cutting and plugging of 6" Ø mainline at Purok Langis, San Mateo, Barangay Banago

2. Installation of strainer and blow-off valve

SCHEDULE: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., July 20, 2014

AFFECTED AREAS: Purok Langis, San Matero, Barangay Banago

‘Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside’ in Isabela

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The "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" activity spearheaded by the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) of Negros Occidental held its second convergence in Brgy. San Agustin, Municipality of Isabela, yesterday.

Hundreds of residents in Brgy. San Agustin, Isabela availed of free medical/dental mission, relief goods and food packs, livelihood supplies and medicines during the Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

2 Nabbed in Buy-bust in Singcang-Airport

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Two alleged suspects were nabbed in a buy-bust operation about 11:25PM Thursday night in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City.

Police Station 8 led by Senior inspector Ser Ulrich Gelera identified the suspects as Ian Clark Bactol Moreno, alias Butchik, 30, single, of Brgy. 31 of the city; and Roger Tubongbanua Colimbo, 29, of Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport.

Police operatives pounced on them after a test buy that turned positive.

3 Killed in Separate Road Mishaps

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 Three persons were killed in separate road accidents, in various parts of Negros Occidental.

In Talisay City, a motorcycle rider, police identified as Alexandrian Jakosalem was declared dead by attending physicians at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) after sustaining head injuries when his vehicle accidentally bumped against a truck.

The incident happened about 3:15AM, Wednesday at Mabini highway in Brgy. Zone 2.

Miss Silka Grand Pageant Tonight

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Fifteen young beautiful ladies will compete for Miss Silka Bacolod Grand Pageant

coronation tonight at 6PM in the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos gym.

The crowned Miss Silka Bacolod will represent her province in the annual search for SILKA PHILIPPINES in Manila.

Miss Silka Bacolod will receive P30,000.00 plus gift pack and boquet from Cosmetique Asia Corporation, 1st runner-up will receive P20,000.00, 2nd runner-up will receive P10,000.00, and 3rd runner-up will receive P7,000.00.

Environment Forum Set at Prov’l Capitol June 26

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The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) will hold its 46th Environment Forum on June 26, 9:00 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City.

This was announced here by Atty. Wilfred Ramon M. Peñalosa, CEI Convenor & PEM Officer.

He said the activity is in keeping with theme of the 22nd Provincial Environment Week "Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level."

‘Capitol - Ayala Deal Can Proceed’ Despite Fresh SM Raps

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Transactions between Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and the Negros Occidental Provincial Government can still proceed despite the new civil case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI), Atty. Mary Ann Lamis, Provincial Assistant Legal Officer said.

HONORING THE FATHERS. Fathers from different religious sects and persuasions gather for a silent prayer during solemn rites in their honor at the Mansilingan First Baptist Church, headed by Pastor Ronnie Arcolas. Shown with the fathers in the Fathers’ Day services are NDB’s Pert Toga (2nd from right) and son-in-law Luis Garrucho, Jr. (2nd from left).* (Photo by Joseph Daniel Toga-Garrucho)

This despite SMPI’s new raps, seeking the nullification of the Deed of Conditional Sale and Contract of Lease between the Provincial Government and ALI, involving the 7.7 hectare property.

In a press conference yesterday, Lamis said that, "as of now, the court’s decision is in our favor, so we can proceed with the transaction with ALI. There is no problem here because the complaint of SMPHI does not include a prayer for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) or injunction against us, the provinceand ALI. Only this order can stop the proceeding of transaction. But the earlier decisions were in our favor.

Lamis enumerated the favorable decisions from the courts on earlier SMPHI petitions against the province on alleged anomalous bidding procedures conducted in July 7, 2011.

She said, the Commission on Audit (COA) first issued a notice of finality, a favorable decision for the province.

In another case before Regional Trial Court Branch 52 in January 23, 2014 , Judge Estefanio Libutan junked the Petition for Certiorari filed by SMPHI for lack of merit.

Gov’t Institutions Condemned in Bayles Killing Anew

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The whole membership of the Philippine Independent Church (PIC) popularly known as the Aglipayan Church, while commemorating the senseless killing and murder of Benjamin "Benjie" Bayles, whom they said was an exemplary church member who dedicated his life to advocacies in behalf of his church, also condemned government institutions which have time and again declared themselves as "peacekeepers" or "protectors" of the people. These are the members of military and Philippine National Police (PNP), a statement issued by Rev. Lemuel

‘No Hot Meat in Bacolod, Negros Occ.’

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Imported meat supplies from several countries with entry points in Cebu City are all rigidly inspected by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). Once it passes standards, NMIS issues the Certificate of Meat Inspection (COMI), then the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office as deputized by NMIS, will issue landing permits for distribution to the 38 meat dealers (30 in Bacolod and 8 outside the city).

Thus said Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, as he assures Negrenses and Bacoleños of the safety of imported meat.

Decena said, importation of meat from other countries was allowed by the national government as long as the shipper/importer follows the regulations of the Philippine government.

Drug Suspect Escapes Police Dragnet; 1 Nabbed

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A person who is in the "watch list" of Manapla PNP engaged in pushing illegal drugs escaped police dragnet at his residence in Brgy. 2-A, Manapla yesterday morning.

However, one was arrested inside a house considered a "drug den", according to Senior Inspector Edencio Gregorio, the town police chief.

He was identified as Joven Bolinas, 21, of the place.

Gregorio said he will be charged with visiting a drug den.

The subject of the raid was Jordan Vasquez, of legal age.

NOPPO, PA, Support ‘Marching for Peace-2’

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The "Marching for Peace-2, Serving the Countryside" program was held last June 17, 2014 at Barangay Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.

PEACE MARCH. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., PSSupt. Milko D. Lirazan, Acting PD, NOPPO, during the Marching for Peace-2 program held at Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental on June 17, 2014.*

ICA Produces Batch 12 Graduates

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Twenty-nine students graduated during the Institute for Culinary Arts (ICA) de La Salle Batch 12 Recognition Rites held at Santuario de La Salle, June 13.

(From left) ICA Director Richard Inayan, Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC and recognition rites guest speaker Rafael Alunan III.*

Regulation of Wet ‘n Wild Parties Ok’d by SP on 1st Reading

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on first reading the ordinance that will regulate Wet and Wild Parties and other similar events in the City Bacolod during their regular session yesterday.

The ordinance aims to regulate revelries and saturnalias (wet and wild parties) to preserve the welfare and morals of the residents of the City, particularly of minors and women.

It said that the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod is necessary before any organizer will be given the permit to hold such events.

A Touch of Singapore in Organiclandia Salben

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The well-trimmed, tree-lined roadways of Singapore, that look like a well, is quite inspiring as much as Cano "Guwapo" Tan’s Campuestohan in Talisay City.

Salben Mayor Jose "Jomax" Ortiz said this recently in Bacolod while instructing his men to prepare plant species for his municipality’s ongoing drive to export plant seedlings with a different version than Singapore’s.

Impose Price Control Not SRP – KMU Negros

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The militant labor Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Negros insists to President Aquino to impose a nationwide price control to the rising cost of food

prices instead of requiring businessmen to follow suggested retail price. Recently, rice, onions and ginger prices in the market increased.

"Pres. Aquino must impose price control of food products as basic commodities. The Filipino people are now drowning in the quagmire of poverty due to low wages and joblessness," said Ronald Ian Evidente, KMU Negros spokesperson.

Gov’t Hit for Saying ‘Tiis-tiis Muna’ to Consumers On Spate of Food Price Hikes

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Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares yesterday hit Malacañang as Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma yesterday said that consumers should bear the higher prices of agricultural products like rice, garlic, ginger and sugar because it would be over in two months.

HERNAEZ ESTATE. Owner’s trustee Bishop Jessie Peñoso (DSM), in yesterday’s press conference at the Negros Press Club, told newsmen that on August 9, 2005 the Supreme Court (GR142913) "established the veracity of ownership of the Heirs of Hernaez on Hacienda Palma property" (some 700 hectares) in Kabankalan City. Peñoso (center) also said "a Certificate of Finality was also issued on February 6, 2014." The heirs, with several pastors’ support, are "exhausting all other legal means to peacefully take possession of the property which was leased to businessman-planter Bonifacio M. Peña under a contract that was questioned and was decided against."* (Arman P. Toga)

"Ano ba naman ito nahihirapan na nga ang mga mamimili tapos ganito pa ang sasabihin? Napaka-insensitive naman ng ganitong statement at halatang hindi alam ng mga taga-Malacañang kung gano kahirap ang buhay ng ordinaryong Filipino na hindi naman tumataas ang sahod pero tumataas naman lahat ng bilihin mula sa pagkain, pamasahe, gasolina at kuryente," said the senior deputy minority leader.

It can be remembered that it was also Sec. Coloma who said that the long suffering MRT commuters should try other forms of transportation if they do not want to stand in the long queues.

Rep. Colmenares also scoffed at the band aid solutions being devised now by the Aquino administration to supposedly address the rising prices of agricultural products like rice, ginger, garlic and rice. The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now deploying rolling stores supposedly to lower prices of agricultural products, but these are very limited and designed more as a showcase to say that they are doing something rather a real solution to the problem.

Rep. Paduano Calls for Transparency

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Former rebel leader known as Carapali Lualhati and now Representative of Abang Lingkod Partylist, Joseph Stephen Paduano re-echoed his reminder to public office employees and officials to be transparent and practice accountability in all government offices.

"Lead by example for leadership is not imposed, not dictated but rather we earn the respect of our peers through practice," Congressman Paduano said in a broadcast interview in Bacolod City..

661 Barangays Gear for Clean-up in Negros Occ.

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All 661 barangays of the Province of Negros Occidental are set to hold a simultaneous clean-up on June 26 during the 22nd Provincial Environment Week, June 22-27.

Information Officer Olive Seruelo in an interview over Radyo Kumando 103.1 FM, said the barangay clean-up is just one of the many activities in Negros Occidental highlighting the need for a cleaner environment as pollution, due to man’s activities, remain a top concern of communities and policy makers across the country.

Gov. Marañon Leads ‘Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside’ Activity in M. Padilla

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. led the first convergence of the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" in the southern part of Negros Occidental, yesterday.

GOV. ALFREDO MARANON JR. and members of the Philippine Army and the media pass by a hanging bridge in Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla on their way to the venue of the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" activity, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

PPP for Markets

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Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez, committee chairman of markets and slaughterhouse during a meeting with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines’ Inah Tolentino and Tess Laranag, has requested their support in applying for the (PDMF) Project Monitoring and Facility which can undertake the study for environmental service facilities, water supply, renewable energy, and health facilities under a grant from the national government.

Massive Dog Vaccination in Cadiz City Held

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Massive vaccination of dogs inCadiz City took place yesterday, Dr. Josue Rabang, Cadiz Veterinarian, said.

Rabang said the vaccination started at Barangay Tinampaan for two days, June 17 and 18, 2014.

Other barangays will follow in coordination with Barangay Social Workers that identified families with dogs.

Rabang said they have already started months before the vaccinations and completed about 57 percent yet and half of it will be done within this week or the next scheduled vaccinations.

Raps Mulled vs. Pa, Son in Kabankalan Hacking

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A father and son tandem is being investigated by local police authorities in Kabankalan City for the alleged hacking to death of their neighbor and wounding of another, Sunday.

Initial report revealed Nelson Agaton, 51, of Brgy. Tan-awan in Kabankalan City and his 23-year old son are under investigation for the alleged killing of Percival Figueroa, 55, in a hacking incident, also injuring the victim’s son, Ricky, 33.

Lawyer Demands: Abolish Congress Bacolodnons Oppose

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In a recent radio interview, lawyer Romulo Macalintal would opt for the abolition of Congress considering the reported pork barrel scam. Not only Congress, but also the Blue Ribbon Committee should be abolished because there are offices of the government that cover cases involving public and government officials.

DAR Turns Over P5M Worth of Support Services

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) through its Second Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP II) turned over a total of P5,763,510.78 worth of support services to four Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) in Barangay Gen. Malvar in Pontevedra town.

The ARCP II is a rural development project created by DAR as the executing agency under the Foreign Assisted Projects Office to alleviate poverty in the agrarian reform communities.

Bacolod Artists Elect Officers

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The group comprised of art enthusiasts who contribute in efforts making Bacolod City known in the world through artistic designs of masks during Masskara Festival, is the Art Association of Bacolod City (AAB).

For years, their artworks have expressed various faces of Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

Over the weekend, AAB has elected their new leaders.

The multi-awarded Negrense artist Nunelucio Alvarado was elected president for 2014 to 2015.

He is also chairman of the exhibition committee and co-chairman of the selection committee.

Ex-Army Killer Hunted by Police

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Talisay City Police is hunting a suspect who stabbed dead a former Army soldier after a quarrel of the victim with his live-in partner in Brgy. Katilingban of the city Sunday afternoon.

The victim was identified by Chief Inspector Supt. Joeresty Coronica, Talisay police chief, as Alberto Borda, 52, a former Army soldier.

JAPAN AIRLINES. Visitors from Japan Airlines and Kopernik led by Koji Asaka (Senior Director), Yoshie Hara, Maggie Kuwasaki, Sarah Wilson, Cantika Marlangen and Hiromi Tengeji presented a token to Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) in a courtesy visit at the Vice Governor’s Office, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

He sustained multiple stab wounds in the body.

The suspect was Dionisio Cataluña, of legal age, and brother of Borda’s live-in partner Josephine.

He escaped after the killing.

Police investigation disclosed that Borda was drunk and a misunderstanding with Josephine ensued which resulted to physical abuse.

Jaime, another brother of Josephine, saw the incident and came to the rescue of his sister, but he was instead stabbed by the victim.

Dionisio, seeing what happened grappled with Borda while armed with a kitchen knife.

UNO-R COF Elects Officers & Ts New Ed Board COF Elects Officers

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The UNO-R Campus Organization Federation (COF) met last Friday, June 13 to elect officers for academic year 2014 -2015.

UNO-R Campus Organization Federation Officers led by Chairperson Portia Centeno of Red Cross Youth – UNO-R*

Election was handled by former UNOSSGO President John Floyd Abrico in the presence of UNORSSGO President Christian Miran.

Muslim Nabbed in Buy-bust in San Carlos City

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 A Muslim resident of San Carlos City was nabbed in a drug buy-bust police operation by San Carlos PNP Saturday noon.

Senior Inspector Mark Anthony Darroca, San Carlos Deputy Police Chief identified the suspect as Vicente "Wenison" Bohol Ramirez, 19, of Purok Tindalo, Villarante Village, Brgy. 1, San Juan, San Carlos.

Police poseur-buyer did follow him and bought one sachet of prohibited shabu weighing about 2 grams in exchange forf P1,000 bills as marked money.

Darroca said the suspect has been under surveillance for two weeks.

Gamboa Leads Cooperatives in a Planning Workshop

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Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., concurrent Chairman of the Bacolod City Cooperative Development Council (BCCDC), led 13 Bacolod-based cooperatives o in a three-day Strategic Planning Workshop and Cooperative Immersion in Sipalay City.

BACOLOD CITY Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. addressing the Sipalay Cooperative Development Council presided by their City Cooperative Officer former Councilor Leopoldo Debuyan (left), Council Secretary Raul Napoles (extreme left), CCLDO head Elvira Tipon and CDA Cooperative Specialist Joby Cuenca.*

Backed by the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (CCLDO) head Elvira Tipon, the Bacolod delegation wasreceived by the Sipalay City Cooperative Development Council headed by the City Cooperative Development Officer Leopoldo Debuyan, upon arrival at the Sipalay New Government Center.

Dolid Cops Seize Shabu in Raid

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Sachets of suspected shabu were confiscated by operatives of the Valladolid Police Station about 3:30PM, yesterday at Sitio Pangpang, Brgy. Alijis in the municipality.

PCInsp. Luisito Acebuche, police chief led the buy bust operation which led to the arrest of Renzie Bernesto, 32, of Hacienda Guba, for violation of Section 5 (sale) of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Confiscated from Bernesto were two heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and P1, 000 marked bill.

Schools Must Have Pedestrian Lanes Repainted/Marked

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Safety of the school children and teachers and the community is necessary while crossing the streets.

Thus, the members of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito requesting the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) and the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), though the Office of the City Mayor, to repaint and/or put up pedestrian lanes near the public and private schools in Bacolod.

Cadiz Implements Information System

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The City Government of Cadiz has conducted an orientation on the implementation of the Information and Publication System (IPS) among the barangay officials on June 16, at the ABC Hall, Cadiz City.

Ma. Miradelle Yee, mass media staff, discussed about the rationale and implementing guidelines of the IPS. She also handled the comprehensive workshop during the lecture.

While Celina Ibañez, head of the Information Management Unit, welcomed the more than 50 participants. Ibañez also talked about the IPS overview.

Bizman Raises Eyebrows on BACIWA-Murcia Water Supply Deal

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A businessman who is among thousands of concessionaires of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), has raised key questions on the planned signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Murcia Water District (MWD) and BACIWA.

John Keng Seng is also expressing his reservations behind BACIWA‘s plan to acquire millions of pesos worth of generating sets.

SUGARCANE ACT LOBBY. Members of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines and congressmen from sugar-producing provinces met with House Speaker Sonny Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon to lobby for the passage of the Sugarcane Act and discuss updates on the bill which proposes to further extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which is set to expire at the end of this month.
(Left to right) Sugar Master Plan Foundation Senior Policy Adviser Atty. Jay Layug, Confed’s Pablo Lorenzo III, Confed president Lito Coscolluela, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Unifed president Manolet Lamata, NFSP president Enrique D. Rojas, Panayfed president Danilo Abelita and Sugar Board Member Atty. Jesus Barrera.*

Keng said, MWD will not be able to provide enough water for the consumption of Bacolod residents "because it even lacks ample supply for its resident-consumers."

March for Peace In 5th District Kicks Off in Moises Padilla Tomorrow

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The "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" activity spearheaded by the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) of Negros Occidental will start its first convergence activity in Brgy. Quintin Remo, Municipality of Moises Padilla, tomorrow, Tuesday.

It started with a foot march in Brgy. Puso, La Castellana, yesterday and will be followed the next day by civic action activities, participated in by government agencies, non-government organizations and local government units, headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Talisay Mayor Unveils People’s Park Project

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Talisay City Mayor Eric M. Saratan led the unveiling of the proposed Brgy. Zone 6 People’s Park Project, which is in coordination with the Brgy. Zone 6 Council and Unified Barangay Vision Aligned Circle.

TALISAY CITY MAYOR Eric Saratan unveils the proposed People’s Park Project at Barangay Zone 6. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

The project is part of the initiatives of the City’s Vision Aligned Circle 2 (VAC) to make the barangay retiree-friendly, in line with the vision of making the city among the Top 5 retirement destinations in the Philippines by 2020.

The site was identified by VAC 2 led by Executive Assistant Ranie Azue and the rest of the members of VAC 2 to be a people’s park where the locals improve the area where everyone will enjoy.

San Carlos @ 54 Towards a Cleaner and Greener City

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Local talents of San Carlos City were once again showcased last Friday, June 13, 2014.

San Carlos will again be celebrating its Charter Day on July 1.

San Carlos became a city on July 1, 1960 under the leadership of then Mayor Sofronio C. Carmona.

Fifty four years later, the city continued its progressive growth, together with its residents, with the guidance of the city officials.

In line with the 54th Charter Day Celebration, the City Tourism Department under has prepared a series of activities for visitors and locals alike.

Sagay City Held 6th Adlaw sa Suba

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"Adlaw sa Suba" or Day of the River is an environment-driven yearly activity of the City Government of Sagay aim to raise appreciation and love for the Himoga-an River celebrated its sixth year last Tuesday with about 4,000 volunteers and residents and planted nearly 6,000 tree seedlings.

SAGAY’S "Diwata sa Suba" candidates representing five teams of The Himoga-an Race Relay Challenge.*

Marijuana Plantations Raided

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Bago City policemen are establishing identities of the owners of marijuana plantations chanced upon by the Army and raided by cops and soldiers Saturday afternoon at Brgy. Mailum in the city.

Bago cops led by PO3s Arturo A. Margallo Jr., Saldy Magdalera and Jimmy Potestad, with Sergeant Jonathan Sailog of the Delta Company, Philippine Army raided the marijuana plantations located in Purok Abaka in Sitio Pataan, Brgy. Mailum.

Tubongbanua Now Bacolod PNP Caretaker; Decena on His BCPO ‘OIC-ship’

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Supt. Armando Tubongbanua, the designated Caretaker of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is assuring Bacolodnons that all Police Precincts (BAC-UP stations) in Bacolod are "on top of the situation" in maintaining prevailing peace and order situation.

This assurance came after Tubongbanua assumed office as caretaker in lieu of BCPO-OIC Director Sr. Supt. Larry Decena who had just retired Saturday after reaching the mandatory retirement age.

Talisay Commemorates 116th Independence Day

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Talisay City Mayor Eric M. Saratan told employees and guests during the commemoration of the Independence Day that all should give tribute to those who laid the foundation of freedom and democracy and move on to the challenge of liberating the people from intellectual slavery in order to rise against the odds and work for greater good.

Mayor Eric M. Saratan and Vice Mayor Neil Lizares led the ceremonial wreath laying at the Talisay City grounds during the 116th Independence Day commemoration. *(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Manila’s Color Nite Run Invades Bacolod

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The country’s premiere night run even will illuminate the streets of the City of Smiles as the city government of Bacolod, Run Club, R.O.X, SM City and Headrush Productions bring Color Manila Nite Run Bacolod on June 28, 2014, Saturday.

Established in Manila on February 23rd, 2013, the event amassed more than 6,000 runners and illumed Bonifacio Global City with their neon sticks and glow-in-the-dark apparel. This time, the hype comes to Bacolod City that will surely attract runners of all ages.

Resolution to Extend City’s Sympathy to the Passing of Atty. Hagad Unanimously Approved

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A resolution extending the city’s deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the late Atty. Andres "Andy" Hagad was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Agricultural Productivity, Answer to Poverty, Injustice

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Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he is focusing on achieving food security to strengthen the government’s fight against poverty and injustice that has now become the new battle for Filipinos.

During the 116th Independence Day Celebration at the Provincial Lagoon and Park, the governor said the country’s heroes 116 years ago fought for Filipinos to gain political freedom from oppression of foreign colonizers.

Now, he said there is so much want anywhere in a wide field of plenty as social gaps widen and has become unacceptable.

Dog Bites 9, 1 Dies

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Dogs ‘killed’ again in Brgy. Puey, Sagay City.

Nine-year-old Justin Gamosa was buried last Wednesday.

He was bitten by a dog two months ago but his parents failed to bring him to a clinic to take anti-rabies vaccine.

Nine others were also bitten by the same dog that was eventually killed by its owner.

Justin’s brother, Leo, Jr. was also bitten by the dog and got anti-rabies vaccine shots after Justin died.

Others bitten by the same dog were Leticia Asotes, 35, married and her children, Rodel, 17; Ronald, Jr., 9; Kaye, 7; Lance, 5; and Lyndon, 15.

Marañon Leads Release of P26.9-M Funds for Yolanda Survivors in Northern Negros

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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. leads government officials today, Monday, in the distribution of additional cash assistance for shelter rehabilitation from Concern Worldwide for victims of super typhoon Yolanda in northern Negros.

Concern Worldwide, an Irish humanitarian organization that committed to help over 11,000 Negrense families, whose houses were destroyed by the strongest typhoon ever to hit the country in November last year, is extending a total of P26,906,421 through a funding agreement it entered into with the Provincial Government.

Baby, 2 Kids Died Inside Burned House

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A one-year old baby and his two siblings were killed inside their burning house about 7PM, Thursday last week in Cadiz City.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reports identified the children as Joshua Makilan, 1, and his sisters Heart and Jea Marie Pelayo, 6 and 3 years old, respectively who were allegedly burned inside their house in Sitio Aluyan, Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City.

Strictly Monitor Barging, San Carlos Bishop Urges DENR

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Bishop Alminaza

The San Carlos Diocese called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other government monitoring bodies to strictly monitor the proposed barging out of waste water by the San Carlos Bio- Energy Industry (SCBI),according to Msgr. Gerardo Alminaza, bishop of the San Carlos Diocese.

"We are not opposing the barging out of waste water as long as it strictly complies with international protocols," Alminaza said.

"It is morally permissible," the bishop said adding that "the problem here is the issue of monitoring."

Alminaza said there concern is the DENR and other government agencies tasked to monitor the move to strictly do enforce the required conditions, " to really do their part."

Capitol To Buy a Property in Himamaylan City for a School Site

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The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental will purchase a three-hectare titled property in Himamaylan City intended for a school site and other government structures.

The property must be accessible to the national highway, with available water and power supply, preferably within the city proper.

The property must have a Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) clearance and not transferred to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

As BREDCO Port Operator Twits Banago Port

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‘Port Zone Delineation CDC O’k Not Yet Final, SP Approval Needed’

The approval of the City Development Council (CDC) on the request of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for port zone delineation is not yet final as it requires the concurrence of the Sangguiang Panlungsod, said Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, newly assumed chair of the SP Committee on Government Assets.

"There will be a lot of considerations and factors to consider before the port delineation will be approved by the SP, like the question why the port development is necessary before the P420 million port development will be implemented, why it consists of 21 hectares and not the finger port alone, the boundaries and coverage of the port zone delineation, what will happen to the thousands of residents living along the Banago shoreline, and many other legal issues that will come out in the course of deliberation," Distrito said in a statement sent to media yesteday.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT CAPITOL. Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson, and Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr. (center) with the tanod insurance beneficiaries from the different towns and cities of the province, receiving checks worth a total of P956,926 during the 116th Philippine Independence Day celebration, at the Capitol Park, yesterday. (Capitol photo)

He added that a public hearing will also be called to listen to the side of the present port operator of the city port, BREDCO, especially on the letter sent by Atty. Simplicio Palanca questioning the port delineation and opening of the Banago Port.

"We will take into consideration the points raised by Atty. Palanca in his letter to the Sanggunian. We will give him that privilege considering of his contribution to the development of the city, although we want to hear from him also that he will say that he is willing to increase the rental fees that BREDCO is paying to the city," Distrito added.

18th Mudpack Festival Screening and Orientation for Contestants

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The screening of contestants for the group tribal dance and solo dance competitions of the 18th Mambukal Mudpack Festival will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City.

This will be followed by the general orientation and drawing of lots for all the festival competitions at 3:00 p.m. The deadline for submission of entries for the Mambukal Sceneries photo competition will be on June 16, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mambukal Reservation Office in the Provincial Capitol Building.

62ndIB Encountered Rebels in Calatrava

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Elements of 62nd Infantry Battalion based in Escalante City exchanged bullets with armed members of CPP-NPA at 6:30AM yesterday in Sitio Baybayon, Brgy. Hilub-ang in Calatrava town.

The rebel group is the one that entered and destroyed properties at Lopez Sugar Central transloading station in Sitio Sta. Ana, Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City Sunday night, a report from the Army said.

Damaged to property was placed at about P10-M.

Drug Raps vs. Bagoeño

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Criminal charges for violation of anti-illegal drugs law are to be filed against a resident of Bago City nabbed earlier by members of the Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force (AIDTF) with members of the Bago City Police.

PCInsp. Arnold Mesias, AIDTF in-charge with PSupt. Arnel D. Arpon, Bago City Police officer-in-charge and their team led the buy bust operation and implementation of the search warrant against Koichi Sasaki, of Brgy. Lag-asan.

Pedicab Driver Stabbed Dead

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 Police authorities in Sipalay City are conducting investigation on the identity of the suspect involved in the stabbing to death of a pedicab driver early this week.

The body of Demetrio dela Cruz, 35, of Sitio Tagnok, Brgy. Gil Montilla was discovered by a casual employee of the City government, Marcelo Alibo and reported the incident to authorities.

Probers said the victim who was found lying on the ground beside Sipalay Public Cemetery sustained multiple stab wounds in the different parts of the body that may have caused his death.

WNU Shares Blessings to 120 Families in City

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West Negros University (WNU) through its Campus Ministry Office distributed packs of goods to 120 families of Brgy. 8 in Bacolod City during the Community Outreach Program, Monday.

In collaboration with Judgment Seat of Christ Baptist Mission through Pastor Abel Hipanaw, the beneficiaries along with their children received packages of goods and other give-aways following the short program organized by WNU’s Ministers and Minister’s Children (MMC), volunteers from the Council of Students’ Organization and Nadja Gruhler, German Junior volunteer.

Vice Guv Urges Negrenses to Celebrate Independence Day Seriously

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Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson urged Negrenses today to seriously celebrate Independence Day. He said this as he opined that while we are celebrating this annually, many have forgotten the significance of this day.

The vice governor also clarified that the true meaning of independence signifies not only the freedom from control of other countries, but the freedom to decide on a kind of path that would empower our people to improve their quality of life.

City Celebrates 116th Independence Day with Rep. Paduano as guest of honor

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The Bacolod’s 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Over All Chair Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. disclosed that Abang Lingkod Party List Representative Joseph Stephen Paduano is guest of honor today at the Independence Rites at Public Plaza and Program at the BAYS Center.

The 116th Independence Day celebration in Bacolod City Public Plaza will start at 8:00 AM today and the program at BAYS Center starts at 8:30 AM. While the most awaited annual Grand Parade is at 1:00 PM to be participated by all sectors of the Bacolod society.*(file photo)

Independence Rites at the Plaza will start at 8:00 AM while the program at BAYS Center starts 8:30 AM.

This will be the first official and public appearance of Paduano after taking oath as the official Abang Lingkod Party List Representative and Bacolod City is privileged to hear his Philippine Independence Day message, Gamboa said.

Paduano likewise will lead the wreath laying to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier together with members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, Bacolod City officials, 303rd Brigade Philippine Army, Bacolod City Police Office, Bacolod City government personnel and their department heads, public and private schools and Bacolod’s private citizens, among others.

An invitation was also sent to Senator JV Ejercito but as of press time, he has not indicated confirmation.

The Bacolod Public Plaza Independence Day Rites is very significant, Gamboa explained, because of the cultural richness seen in the Philippine Flag raising and symbolism of the wreath laying to the Monument of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

COMELEC Disqualifies Cauayan Barangay Captain

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The first Division of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) cancelled and set aside the candidacy of a barangay captain in Cauayan town Negros Occidental for his failure to comply with the residency requirement, a copy of the decision obtained by the NDB showed yesterday.

Disqualified from his post was Captain Ernie Magbanua who will be replaced by his opponent Sergio Esmores as the "lawfully" elected Captain of Brgy. Poblacion, Cauayan.

Drug Raps Filed vs Japanese Son in Bago City

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Charges for violation of Section 5 and section 11 of Republic Act 9165 was filed before Bago City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday against a Japanese son residing in Purok Mabinuligon, De La Rama Street, Brgy. Lag-asan, Bago City.

Koichi Sasaki, 28, was confiscated with 10 heat sealed sachets of suspected shabu; 25 empty plastic used in packing; one improvised tooter with traces of suspected shabu and disposable lighters; one live ammunition of 1-gauge shotgun; aluminum foil; P 1,110 money in different denominations; and P500 marked money.

Man Posing as RPA-ABB Commander Yields FAs in Raid

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A person who posed as commander of Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) was nabbed along with three others in a raid yesterday morning at their respective houses in San Carlos City.

The joint team of the regional Special Operations Group (SOG), Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) SOG, Army Special Action Force and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Marlon De La Cruz, of legal age.

Police authorities were armed with a search warrant to effect his arrest.

Araneta, Puentevella off to FIFA World Congress

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Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano Araneta, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Director for Television and Marketing as well as Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, together with PFF Secretary General Edwin Gastanes, have been invited by FIFA to attend the 64th World Congress on June 10–11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mayor Monico O. Puentevella with PFF Mariano Araneta Jr.

The congress serves as a prelude to the start of the much anticipated football World Cup in Sao Paulo with hometown team, former champion and currently third-ranked Brazil facing 18th ranked Croatia in the opening match on June 12.


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Stop Wet and Wild Parties in Bacolod

 From 2000 to 2010, the number of live births by teenage mothers in the Philippines rose by more than 60 percent, latest data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed.

While most attribute this to poverty and the lack of education, it is however significant that we have to look at other trends that push our youth to engage in pre-marital sex and other form of immoralities which would result to unplanned pregnancy.

High-Powered Guns Seized in 2 Raids; 3 Men Face Raps

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Five high-powered firearms were confiscated in two separate police raids led by the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) in Brgy. 2, San Carlos City, Wednesday morning.

PSInsp. Joel Cambi, RSOG deputy chief reported that the guns were recovered from the house of Marlon Delos Santos also known as Godofredo Bayugang, an alleged member of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB). Police seized an M16 rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, a carbine and several magazines of various caliber.

Guard Accused of Killing Colleague

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Police filed robbery with homicide charges against a fellow security guard who shot dead his colleague inside Munsterrific Convenience Store about 2:50 a.m. on Saturday in front of University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Brgy. Villamonte here.

Giovanni Cajerman, 25, married, of Cabanggaan, Madyaw, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental was slapped with the charges before city Prosecutor’s Office here yesterday.

Cajerman, employed by Standstill Security Agency failed to report for duty in one of the subdivisions here Saturday. He is still at-large.

Septuagenarian Nabbed for Violence vs Women

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A 72-year old man was arrested by local police authorities in La Carlota City for charges of violence against women in a raid about 8:45AM, Tuesday.

SPO2 Jerry E. Rumbines with SPO1 Arnulfo S. Robles, PO3 Narciso Cadenas Jr. and PO2s Jollymar Acosta arrested Roald Rafoshei-Klev, of San Sebastian St., Bacolod City through a warrant in criminal case number 4409 for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act.

Barging is Legal Sans Gov’s OK - DENR

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San Carlos City - A top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas said that the barging of waste water is legal even without the approval of the governor or the mayor and the agency can issue a permit even without the approval of the local government.

3ID Statement on the 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration

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Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz – The 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division of the Philippine Army joins the whole nation in commemorating the 116th Independence Day.

This year’s theme, "Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago," surely hits every soldier’s heart as the Army here in Western Visayas continues to emulate the courage and perseverance of our forefathers in attaining our independence.

Rep. Bing Independence Day Message

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"Today we pause and give thanks to those who, in the past and in the not-so-distant past had given themselves to build the nation that we have now – free, prosperous and pulsating with the promise of an even better tomorrow," Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia said in his Independence Day message today.

Leonardia will be in Malacañang Palace today, June 12, to where he was invited for the traditional Vin d’ Honneur hosted by President Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Coastal Clean-up, Mangrove Planting in Victorias City Today

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Stakeholders of the education sector in Victorias City will gather and converge today, June 12, 2014 for a Coastal Clean-Up and Mangrove Planting in Villa Miranda, Barangay 6-A , Victorias to highlight the contributions of the NEED-GET-GIVE Program as a result of the partnership of the Betty Bantug Beniez Foundation, INc., Playtech Group, Department of Education, the City Government of Victorias and the barangays, and the District Office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez.

Lions Donate Reading Room and Materials to Orphanage

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The Bacolod City Host Lions Club repaired and re-modelled an old, abandoned kitchen at the Holy Infant Nursery and converted it to a Reading Room for the orphaned and abandoned children. The Lions also furnished the reading room with children’s tables and chairs, bookshelves, books, writing and drawing materials, educational toys and other reading aids and instruments. The Reading Room was inaugurated and turned-over last Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Bacolod City Host Lions Club president Leah Garbanzos, MD 301 Chairperson Em Ang and other members of the club to Holy Infant Nursery, Inc. president Dr. Hester Villanueva and administrator Delia "Doods" Locsin.

Bacolod City Host Lions Club members and Holy Infant Nursery, Inc. Board of Trustees president Dr. Hester Villanueva watch as children read books and play educational toys in the newly-opened reading room.*

Beekeeping Project Takes Off

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The community-based beekeeping project for organic honey production takes off with the initial turnover of bee colony to Sag-ang Organic Coffee Producers Association (SOCPA) in the town La Castellana, Negros Occidental recently.

Usec Berna Puyat (3rd from left) enjoys her moment with women coffee farmers in Brgy. Sag-ang, La Castellana during her recent visit.*

Initiated by Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Foundation (NISARD), the beekeeping project is an integral component of the integrated diversified organic farming systems that are being implemented by NISARD since 2007 in tandem with various organic coffee associations.

‘Needed: The Long Arm of Region 6 Command’

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Presence of forces from the provincial command, through Region Command 6, is highly-needed now for the preservation of peace and order in Salvador Benedicto’s (SALBEN’s) Brgy. Kumaliskis, according to Municipal Mayor Jose S. "Jomax" Ortiz in a recent interview in Bacolod.

He attributed this to the presence of men, with long arms, in the area thus preventing the momentum of development in the municipality’s best spot for eco-tourism alongside Brgy. Igmayaan.

Depositor Files Damages vs. BPI for ‘Diminishing Accounts,’ Etc.

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A bank depositor and retired employee of a multi-national pharmaceutical firm has filed a complaint for damages to the tune of P31.76 million against a giant bank before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bacolod City.

PP31.76-M DAMAGES VS. BPI. Joe Marie L. Sy (right) with his lawyer Roland G. Ravina, (left) at Business Inn Hotel yesterday during which complainant Sy bared his legal action against Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). Sy alleged that his bank deposits were fraudulently withdrawn, his ATM account mysteriously emptied, among others.*(Jun de los Reyes / NDB photo)

Docketed as Civil Case No. 14-14339, Bacolodnon Joe Marie L. Sy filed the complaint against Bank of the Philippine islands (BPI), specifically BPI’s branch in Pasong Tamo.

In his complaint, Sy claimed his bank deposits "were fraudulently withdrawn and to cover up the fraud, bank records and checks under his name (were) electronically falsified."

The suit includes P21,755, 525.84 in actual damages, P10 million in moral and exemplary damages or a total of P31,755,525.84."

Sy said "audit is still on-going and the amount could increase to a range between P40 million to P60 million."

Sy was a former employee of Roche Philippines which he served for 24 years until his retirement in December, 2008.

During his employment at Roche, his salaries, bonuses and allowances were deposited by his employer through a payroll bank account... initially at BPI-Bacolod, and later at Pasong Tamo branch.

He then had five bank accounts with BPI-Pasong Tamo - three savings accounts, a current account and a dollar account.

Due to substantial amounts of cash he deposited with BPI and the volume of his transactions, he also qualified as a Gold Card member and was issued another special card called "Privileges", entiling him to a lot of perks and benefits.

Drug Summit in Bacolod Set

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A drug summit is expected to take place in Bacolod City upon the return of Mayor Monico O. Puentevella who is now attending the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, City Councilor Elcid Familiaran said.

Familiaran, Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), Committee on Police Matter and Peace and Order said, illegal drugs are alarming now in the city and the province of Negros Occidental.

‘June 12 Independence Day Creates Awareness of Heroism in our Culture’

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Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Over-All Chair of Bacolod’s 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration shared thoughts and insights yesterday about the significance of the Grand Parade held annually every June 12.

FLAG EVOLUTION. A scene in last year’s tableau presentation on the Evolution of the Philippine Flag by the USLS Masskara Theatre Ensemble at the historic Capitol Social Hall.*

6th BACIWA Director Zaragoza Poised to be Removed from Post

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The executive management of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and half of the members of the board of directors, with the militant employees’ union President Claudio Salmo, are desperately making a determined effort to ensure she stays in her post, after a senator has declared she must return to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) soon.

Lawyer Yolanda Zaragoza must return as a staff personnel of LWUA not later than July, this year, Senator Bam Aquino has told LWUA officials in Manila.

‘Carnapper’ Falls to Cops

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Police authorities in Himamaylan City collared a suspected carnapper in a raid about 7PM, Friday.

PO3 John Derrick Capu-nong apprehended Jomel dela Cruz alias Macho, 27, at his residence in Ganaba St., Brgy. 2 for allegedly taking the parked motorcycle of Fritz John Saril.

Saril told probers that he parked his Honda XRM motorcycle with plate number 4289 QT in front of a computer shop in Brgy. 2 when he discovered his vehicle being driven away by the suspect.

Men Face Drug Raps in Negros Occ.

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Three men in Negros Occidental were facing criminal charges for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165) in a raid by police authorities, Sunday.

Over Kabankalan City, PO3 Rune Quirico Bandola and his team busted Edward Tingson, 28, and Roderickx Aritao, 27, of Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay City while the authorities were on mobile patrol in front of a water establishment in Brgy. 1, Kabankalan City.

Marañon to Lead Officials, Multi-sector Groups in the Celebration of Independence Day

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Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. will lead the provincial officials and representatives of multi-sectoral groups during Thursday’s observance of the 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration with the theme "Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino Tungo sa Malawak at Permanenteng Pagbabago" at 7:45 AM at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park.

Charcoal Maker Wounded in Shooting

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Two charcoal makers in Murcia were wounded in a shooting incident about 9:45PM, Sunday in the town.

Police identified the victims as Alfredo Altares, 43, and Dominador Nipy, 55, both of Purok Daisy, Hacienda Villasor, Brgy. San Miguel who sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the different parts of their body from unidentified firearm.

‘Kalayaan’ Celebration Good to Go

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Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr., Chairman of Kalayaan 2014 said in a committee hearing yesterday that it is "all systems go" for the city to celebrate the 116th Independence Day tomorrow, June 12, 2014.

P7 M Shabu Seized

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An estimated seven million pesos (P7M) worth of shabu was confiscated in another bigtime Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA6) buy bust operation at downtown Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon.

ABOUT A KILO OF SHABU VALUED AT P7-M, stuffed in shoes and sandals, were seized in a PDEA buy bust operation at a mall parking lot yesterday afternoon in Singcang, from Edgardo Morales Justo alias Rey F. Roman of the town of Murcia, Negros Occ.* (Rox Estrella photo)

PDEA6 regional director Paul Ledesma said 36-year old Edgardo Morales Justo alias Rey F. Roman, married, owner of a fighting cock breeding farm in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Murcia town, was nabbed in a buy bust operation at 2PM yesterday at Gaisano City Bacolod’s parking lot.

PDEA operatives were able to recover shabu in sachets stuffed inside several pairs of shoes and sandals all estimated to be about a kilo with street value at P7 million.

Also the marked money used in the buy bust, and Justo’s black Isuzu Dmax vehicle.

The drugs were shipped from Manila through LBC, similar to various cases of drug shipment that were also busted by PDEA recently in Bacolod and elsewhere in the country.

Charges for violation of Sections 5 (sale) and 11 (possession) of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being filed against Justo.

NPAs Attack Transloading Station

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About 25 men claiming to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) swooped down a sugarcane transloading station in Sta. Ana, Brgy. Mabini in Escalante City Sunday night.

Supt. Alex Batiles, Escalante PNP chief said the rebels blasted a crane truck using improvised explosives devices (IED), and caused damages to the scale house platform used in weighing loaded cargo trucks, and the core laboratory.

A Fuso hauler truck was also damaged when it was fired upon by the suspects who also disarmed security guards.

Cops Eye Extortion in Transloading ‘Bombing’

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Police investigators in the province are looking into the possibility of extortion as one of the motives in the alleged bombing of Lopez Sugar Corporation transloading by suspected rebels, Sunday evening in Escalante City.

PSSupt. Milko D. Lirazan, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) director said 16 men armed with long and short firearms broke in to the transloading station located beside the national highway in Sitio Santa Ana, Brgy. Mabini about 9:45PM, Sunday.

Kantahan sa Tindahan Season 1 Grand Finals

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Brgy. Bata was adjudged the Grand Winner during the grand finals of DyAF Radyo Veritas Global-Bacolod’s singing contest "Kantahan Sa Tindahan" Season 1, in partnership with the City Government of Bacolod, which was successfully held Saturday June 7, 2014.

KANTAHAN WINNERS. Jenny Albaladejo, Brgy. Taculing, Lorelie Zambale, Brgy. Tangub, Remy Sino, Brgy. Pahanocoy, Kian Sanchez (Grand Winner) Brgy. Bata, Irene Howe (1st Runner Up) Brgy. 6 and Brooklyn Gale Padios (2nd R-up)*

BACIWA to Conduct Service Improvement

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The Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) will conduct service improvement activities which will cause temporary water supply interruption and turbid water in some portion of the service area.

SCHEDULE: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., June 10, 2014

ACTIVITY: Emergency repair of gate valve at Greensville 3

AFFECTED AREAS: Greensville 2 and 3, Purok Isla, Purok Sabes, Herbabuena, Villa Fe and Purok Active

SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., June 11, 2014

ACTIVITY: Installation of 300 mm Ø Check Valve at Eroreco Subdivision’s transmission line

AFFECTED AREAS: Eroreco Subdivision, Mountainview, St. Anne, La Salle Avenue, Capitolville, Villa Georgina 1 & 2, Grand Estanzia, Magdalene Ville, Montebello, Villa Ramos, Prk. 13, Prk. Santol, Prk. Tuburan, Prk Sambag, Prk. Bulak, Sulom and Mission Viejo

Martyred NPA Fighter Extolled by Colleagues in Southwest Negros Front

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The Armando Sumayang Command in Southwest Negros front and the Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (PKM-Negros) in its statement issued recently, lauded and saluted after openly acknowledging one of its members who came from Southern Negros having been among the fatalities in an armed encounter with a unit of the army’s 79th IB at 3 p.m. in Patiwa Subvillage, San Antonio Village, Tanjay City in Negros Oriental Province last May. But the red fighter, who sports the nom de guerre Ka Radja and ka Mona who is actually Danny

Bacolod’s Major Roads Closed for the Independence Day Parade

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The Office of Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Over All Chair of Bacolod’s 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, bared over the weekend the route of the annual military-civic parade.

Motorists and the riding public therefore are advised that Bacolod’s major streets and thoroughfares will be closed to help traffic officers in the implementation of an organized, orderly and peaceful celebration of the Independence Day parade.

Gender & Dev't Advocate, Former Silay Councilor Gets Elected

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A gender and development advocate and former councilor of Silay City was recently elected as National Anti-Poverty Commission Provincial Focal Person for Negros Occidental.

Marie June Pavillar-Castro, current chair of PILIPINA-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter and Provincial Council for Women, was elected by the basic sector/civil society participants from the province who attended the Second Round of Regional Assembly on Harnessing BS/CSO Collectivity and Capacities on the Ground organized by NAPC last June 3-5 at Amigo Terrace Hotel in Iloilo City.

Cash Prizes Await Winners of the Independence Day Parade Float Contest

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Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Over-All Chair of the Bacolod Independence Day Celebration together with Councilors Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Noli Villarosa disclosed yesterday a P30,000.00 grand champion prize to the winner of the 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Dress Parade Floats Competition.

This is open to all 61 Barangays of Bacolod City.

Car Less Days on Fridays Proposed

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Thank God It’s Friday. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) urged Negrenses to go car less on Fridays as they launched the campaign #TGIF, It’s Car Less Day. Save Gas, Save the Environment.

The campaign aims to mitigate the dreadful effects of climate change, wherein one of the major causes is the emission of harmful gases like Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide from all sorts of vehicles.

IND Director Attends One-Island Negros Region Summit

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Institute for Negros Development (IND) Director Rhoderick Samonte joined the One-Island Negros Region Summit at Zaycoland Resort in Kabankalan City, June 6.

The summit was led by Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon and Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo; the summit aimed to gather officials and stakeholders of both Negros Occidental and Oriental provinces for the sharing of ideas and insights in order to get a consensus that will be presented to the national government.

One Negros Island Region Gets Nod

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Majority of the attendees during the 1st Negros Island Region summit held in Zaycoland Resort and Hotel in Kabankalan City over the weekend echoed no objection on the proposed One Island region.

About 214 attendance were recorded, 150 of them officials.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. opened up with a message that the day "is a very significant one where what will be decided here now will affect the future of our children and the children of our children."

He emphasized that the One Negros Island One Region dream is "non-political" event.

Aquino Recommends Study One Island Negros Region-DILG

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President Simeon Benigno Aquino III has recommended studying the proposal of One Island Negros region, according to Atty. Anthony Nuyda, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director.

The proposal was presented by Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., during the San Carlos City visit of the president last May 15, Nuyda said.

He said, immediately the President directed DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to study the proposal.

He said the central office of DILG will be doing the study and the regional office was only requested to get some inputs.

SSS Pension Hike Too Small for Retirees

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What goods can Social Security System (SSS) pensioners buy with P200.00 hike in their regular pensions that they will get from the five percent increase recently announced by SSS Vice President Susie Bugante?

This P 200.00 estimate is good only if a pensioner receives P4,000 monthly pension. What if the pension is below P4,000? With the inflation that we are confronted now, what can that buy?

Approval of Mental Health Day Ordinance on 3rd Reading

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City approved on its third and final reading an ordinance entitled, "An Ordinance Declaring October 10 of Every Year as the Mental Health Day in the City of Bacolod, Providing Funds Thereof and for Other Purposes", during their Regular Session last June 3, 2014.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito, Chairperson of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government and co-authored by Councilors Em Legaspi Ang and Ana Marie Palermo.

49th Social Work Day Celebration

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On June 19, 1965, Republic Act 4373 or the law which the government recognize the Social Work as a profession was passed. In commemorating the passage of the said law, all Social Workers of the province of Negros Occidental will be celebrating the 49th year of existence of the Social Work profession in the Philippines. This celebration will be spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI)–Negros Occidental Chapter.

Another CPP-NPA Leader Falls Karapatan Cries Foul

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Combined elements of Tanjay City PNP and the Army’s 302nd Brigade and 79th Infantry "Masaligan" Battalion arrested alias Pediong/Nasyo, Secretary of the Southeast Front, Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros (SEF, KR-N) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Friday night.

"REBEL LEADER alias Pediong/Nasyo" nabbed by a joint Army and Police team in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, Friday night.* (302nd Brigade photo)

A report from the Philippine Army (PA) said Alias Pediong/Nasyo was arrested through a joint checkpoint in line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) in Barangay Tugas, Tanjay.

"The NPA leader was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant for the case of murder under Criminal Case No. 2014-22242, filed at Regional Trial Court (RTC) 7th Judicial Region Branch 41 in Dumaguete City," the Army report said.

‘Mega Bacolod’

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"It’s a Dream City that could be realized soon. A City of the Near Future. A Mega City and a Metropolitan Center that Bacoleños can truly be proud of. "

It appears to be everyone’s ultimate dream in Bacolod City that Mayor Monico Puentevella envisions for his constituents in the City of Smiles, the Gateway to Sugarlandia. Who knows? With the full support of well-meaning citizens, the civic-minded groups, the business community, progressive-minded Negrenses and all concerned sectors, this pleasant dream can become a reality in the not-too-distant future.

WITH BACOLOD CITY MAYOR Newks Puentevella (6th from left) are media practitioners covering the City Hall (People’s House) beat, during the mayor’s arrival from Singapore Friday, June 6. Left to right, Jeffrey Gelangre (DYRL), Bryan Morden (DYEZ), Jemlo Victosa (DYHB), W. Henry O. Streegan and Pert Toga (NDB), Ann Sindol Sorilla (DYWB), Franklin Villanueva, Rey Alejandrino (DYAF), and Rox Estrella (DYRL). Seated is NDB board Chairman Rolly Espina.*

Padyak Sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan 5 Hailed Successful

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PADYAK SA KALU-SUGAN AT KALIKASAN 5, which was held last June 8, 2014 was hailed successful.

PADYAK. (Left) The finishers of Padyak sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan 5 at Brgy Cabatangan, Talisay City. (right) PSSupt Milko Lirazan, Provincial Director, NOPPO during the closing program.*


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Office of the Bishop
Diocese of Bacolod
Defeating Babel with Pentecost:



The Babel and Pentecost of History 1. Today is not just a celebration of a feast, but largely a commemoration of an event. This day we remember the fulfillment of a promise by our Lord to send us from the Father a Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth who shall guide us to all truth (c.f. Jn 16:13).

2. There is a long tradition of Scriptural interpretation that juxtaposes Babel and Pentecost. The multiplicity of tongues at Babel came as a just punishment because of their proud and false claims, presumptuously putting themselves in God’s place. In the process, instead of working together, they saw themselves working against each other causing them to drift apart and finally crumble.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra (left) is greeted by NDB’s Pert Toga after delivering his pastoral letter titled: "Defeating Babel with Pentecost." The bishop officiated holy mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral yesterday on the observance of Pentecost as a Day of Prayer for the Nation.*

USLS-IS Student Leaders Undergo Leadership Seminar

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