Warning out vs. persons asking donations for ‘governor’s anti-drug drive’

The Office of the Governor of Negros Occidental is warning the public against persons asking for “donations for the anti-illegal drug campaign of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.”

Eric Loretizo, Executive Assistant IV, of the Governor’s Office, informed NDB last night that reports reached their office about this “budol-budol”, primarily targeting gasoline stations.

‘1st ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award’ bolsters San Carlos City’s tourism, investment potentials

San Carlos Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. said the full cooperation of his constituents in the northern Negros Occidental city is the main factor for garnering the “1st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award”.

SAN CARLOS CITY Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. during an interview with NDB at his office.* (APT photo)

No more swapping of old Peso bills after Dec. 29

Exchange your coins into paper bills

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is reminding those who are in possession of old peso bills, those released in 1985 and lost monetary value since July, to have those swapped with new banknotes before 2 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 29.

At the same time, BSP Senior Research Specialist Randy Bolves is urging the public to exchange their coins into paper bills, to enable BSP and the banks to recirculate loose coins than leaving them in cans, bottles and coin banks.

Gov’t troops warned vs. rebel attacks despite ceasefire

As CPP/NPA/NDF also changes mind & may accept the Christmas truce

With President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a unilateral Christmas truce against the New People’s Army (NPA), the Department of National Defense (DND) urged all military to be vigilant and mindful of their safety during the ceasefire.

Besides, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison has earlier called the government’s unilateral ceasefire a “sham”, and told his NPA to go on with its own operations - only to also change his mind later and gave the decision to the CPP-National Democracic Front (NDF) the ceasefire proposal.

Vice Mayor nabbed with firearms, shabu

The vice mayor of Moises Padilla town was arrested along with her husband in a checkpoint in Barangay Crossing Magallon in the town and confiscated with firearms, grenades and shabu past 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Senior Inspector Allan Reloj, Moises Padilla PNP chief said Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo, 43, of Moises Padilla was handcuffed along with her husband after their arrest but not without resistance from her despite introducing herself.

Capitol employees get P58K bonus

Employees of the provincial government of Negros Occidental are receiving their incentives as ordered by Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr.

Initial release is P20,000 for Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA), P3,000 anniversary bonus and P5,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentives, and the last release will be next week before end of the month, the amount of another P25,000, or a total of P58,000 each provincial employee.

‘Businesswoman Cuaycong has fully paid P2M check in 2015’

The alleged dishonored P2 million check which was the subject of businesswoman Catherine Cabuga’s basis for filing a case in October, this year against businesswoman, Ester Cuaycong was fully paid as early as November, 2015.

This was revealed to Negros Daily Bulletin by Cuaycong’s legal counsel, Atty. Gina Mirano-Jesena, in reaction to yesterday’s news item that said Cuaycong owes Cabuga P2M for the former’s returned check.

PDEA gets couriers’ nod vs. drugs in packages

This may finally prevent the shipment of illegal drugs and other prohibited substances through cargo handlers, forwarders and couriers based in the country and abroad.

PDEA got the assurance of couriers and cargo handlers and forwarders to help strengthen security measures to intercept illegal drugs smuggled using mail and parcel system, during a meeting with local-based foreign express delivery and domestic courier services.

Ex-colonels, civilians, groups under probe for extortion

Authorities are again warning the public against individuals and groups claiming to have links with the AFP and other government agencies, who come up with various schemes to be able to extort money.

The advisory was issued yesterday as two retired military colonels are currently under investigation over alleged extortion victimizing local officials and civilians in Negros and Cebu.