‘Oppose Same Sex Marriage Proposal’

The Muslim community in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental is vehemently opposing the proposed House Bill that will legalize same sex marriage.

Brother Abdul Rasid Espinosa of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a media interview, also urge Christians to oppose the proposed law which is now on second reading in Congress, pushed by no less than the Speaker of the House Con,g. Pantaleon Alvarez.

Rasid Espinosa, along with other Muslims, emphasized that in the marriage contract, there are two sexes, the male and the female, not male and male nor female and female.

Vice Gov: No Reason to Declare RevGov

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio ‘Bong’ Lacson said in a radio interview yesterday, that he sees no reason for President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a revolutionary government. This was based on the earlier statement of the President that he might declare a revolutionary government.

Maybe this is the strategy of the President to counter those who plan to overthrow his leadership, the Vice Governor said.

“Hence, let Congress go ahead in their discussion about federalism,” he said.

Biomass Power Plants to Benefit Sugar Industry

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. expressed optimism that, aside from creating local jobs, the biomass power plants in Negros will benefit not only the country but also the global sugar industry.

GROUNDBREAKING. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. leads the ground breaking of the 25 MW Biomass Power Plant of the North Negros Biopower (NNB) in Manapla yesterday. (L-R) NNB Senior Vice-Pres. for Corporate Communications Don Dia and Chairman Arthur N. Aguilar, ThomasLLoyd Executive Director Anthony Coveney and Chairman Michael Sieg, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, landowner Dr. Esteban Lacson III, NNB President Ramon Picornell and International Finance Corporation Country Manager Jane Yuan Xu.* (Butch Bacaoco photo)

CENECO Warning Consumers vs. ‘Electricity-saving’ Devices

The management of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) is reminding its consumers not to fall to individuals posing as CENECO employees selling “electricity-saving” devices.

“CENECO is not associated with these individuals and is not endorsing these alleged electricity-saving devices. No technical study has been conducted by CENECO that proves these devices reduce electricity bill,” a press statement signed by Ceneco General Manager Sulpicio “Jun” Lagarde stated.

Capitol Honors Centenarians & Outstanding Negrenses

The Negros Occidental Provincial Government yesterday honored 45 centenarians and awarded five outstanding Negrenses in ceremonies that highlighted the commemoration of the 119th Negros Day, or Cinco de Noviembre.

CENTENARIANS. Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (2nd from left) and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson lead in the turn over of P100,000 cash to Francisca Cabrera Diala (1st from right), 105 years old, of San Carlos City, during the Awarding and Presentation of 2017 Negrense Centenarians at the Capitol, yesterday. Diala is one of the 45 Centenarians from the different cities and municipalities of the province who were honored as part of the 119th Negros Day Celebration.*(Richard Malihan / Capitol photo)

A Glimpse of the Nov. 5, 1898 Negrense Revolution vs. Spain

What were the events leading to November 5, 1898?

When the widespread Katipunan-led uprising started in August 1896 in Luzon, the Spanish authorities became alarmed and took steps to control the situation. They became alert to signs of unrest by soliciting information or reports, watching public meetings, conducting investigations or check-ups of suspicious events. The Spanish concern was well-founded for by mid-August 1898, actual preparations for uprising were organized and preparations were moving fast in different areas, despite the seemingly peaceful situation.

CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE IN BAGO CITY. Bago Mayor Nicolas M. Yulo and Vice Mayor Ramon D. Torres giving honors and spearheading the floral offerings to the statue of General Juan Y. Araneta, Hero of the Negros Revolution, as part of yesterday's comme-moration of the Negros Day or 119th Cinco de Noviembre in the historical city yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes / NDB photos)

2 Bacolod Cops Relieved

Two members of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) were relieved from their duties after separate complaints were filed against them.

Supt. Gilbert Gorero, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 said, Police Officer 2 Ryan Sagon and Police Officer 1 Kriscel Mae Doctora, both of Bacolod Police Station 8, were relieved, as they are being investigated, on orders of PRO6 Director, Chief Supt. Ceasar Hawthorne Binag.

Gov’t Authorities Call on Public to Cooperate on Security & Safety

Government authorities enforcing strict measures to maximize security and safety of land, sea and air travelers this Undas Season are asking for public cooperation.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other agencies also call on transport firms to abide by all the rules and regulations to ensure the safety of their vehicles and passengers.

The MassKara Fever is Felt Around the World MassKara in Dubai

Last October 14, 2017, the Filipino community, particularly the Bacolodnons, celebrated the first “MassKara in Dubai” last October 14, 2017 at Max’s Restaurant Middle East - Karama Branch.

Hon. Paul Raymund Cortez (3rd from left), Philippine Consul in the United Arab Emirates, and FilClub chairperson Engr. Tata Dayot (extreme left) pose with the winners of the MassKara mask-making contest. Darwin Canlas won first place while Jeffrey Alesna (extreme right) won second place.*

Army Commander to Muslims: ‘We Should Avoid Conflict’

“We have the same God we serve and adore, and there is only one blood that runs in our body, so we should avoid conflict.”

Thus said Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Army, before hundreds of Muslims from Bacolod and other towns and cities in Negros Occidental yesterday.

The Muslims gathered at the Benjamin Hall at Lacson Street, Bacolod for the “Greet and Meet Activity” (GMA) of the Philippine Army.