Employees at the provincial capitol here were instructed to go home noontime last Friday which happened to be April Fools’ day after several of them received a bomb threat through a text message.

Sr. Supt. William Señoron, acting police provincial director here who rushed to the provincial capitol building however dismissed the bomb threat as a hoax after security guards searched the area and found nothing.

The area is clear, Señoron said.

‘Negros Resorts Lack Lifeguards’

Resorts in Negros island, either public or private, lack lifeguards and lifesavers, according to the president of a non-government organization advocating water safety.

Engr. Arne Navarra, president and chief executive officer of Philippine Life Saving (PLS) said the situation in the resorts of the island is that “there is no lifeguard (those who scan potential dangers in water and land) and no lifesavers (those who respond to emergency situations - supporting the lifeguards, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation and emergency care.”

Kanla-on Eruption, 19 Families in Brgy. Ma-ao Evacuated for Sulfur Smell

A total of 19 families in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City evacuated to the Barangay Gym due to sulfur smell after Kanlaon Volcano erupted at about 6:20 p.m., Tuesday.

City Administrator Rommel P. Tam, CDRRMO Jake Aizpuro with CHO Dr. Frances Jalandoni, City Disaster Crisis Management Response Team of La Carlota conduct an on-the-spot actual inspection on the damage brought by the eruption of Kanla-on Volcano to root crops, plants, flowers, bushes, trees, roads, houses and other infrastructure projects and properties for assessment and evaluation report in Sitio Guintubdan, Barangay Ara-al, La Carlota City.* (CDRRMO-La Carlota City photo)

Bong Brings Down Own ‘Oversized’ Tarps

With the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) admitting that it lacks manpower to go after illegally posted campaign materials, Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he had voluntarily brought down the large tarpaulin bearing his photos in Bacolod’s major streets.

Mayor Monico Puentevella being mobbed by his supporters during the MKK Partido Bacolod grand opening salvo last Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Bacolod Public Plaza*.

Don’t Be Fooled by Candidates, Church Urges Negros Voters

The Catholic Church is urging voters to be careful in choosing the right candidates for the May 9 elections and cautioned everyone against the deception by some candidates.

“We should not be deceived by the promises of the candidates. We should look at their track record, integrity and competence”, Monsignor Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral said yesterday.

Pasquin made the reminder as the Diocese of Bacolod continues with the holding of voters education.

5 Drowned on Easter Sunday, Woman shot dead; Pastor, minor died in road crash

It was a deadly final week of Lent, with at least eight persons losing their lives to shooting, road crash, and drowning incidents in southern Negros Occidental.

Yesterday afternoon, three beachgoers from Bacolod City, one from Binalbagan and another one from San Enrique who were celebrating Easter Sunday in a beach resort in Hinigaran, got drowned.

Two of their companions, also from Bacolod, survived the ordeal that took place off the shores of Paradiso Beach Resort in Barangay Miranda, Hinigaran.

2 Killed, 6 Hurt in ‘Strafing’

CADIZ CITY - Was it overkill or mistaken identity?

This was how Cadiznons here describe the killing of two residents, including a minor girl, and wounding of 6 others when strafed by Army soldiers who are members of Charlie Company of the 62nd Infantry Battalion at Tabanao-Banquerohan Bridge, Barangay Banquerohan, this city, at about 4:15 a.m. yesterday.

‘Tension Still On at Escalante City Hall’

“It is not true that there is no tension here at Escalante City Hall! It’s still on!”

This was the text message yesterday from Ranie Macadato of the City Accounting Office, incharge of the accounts of 21 barangays in Escalante, refuting the statement of Acting City Mayor Santiago Maravillas saying otherwise.

DENNIS MARAVILLAS, son of and executive assistant to Acting Escalante City Mayor Santiago Maravillas, inspecting the personal file of OIC City Accountant Joan Ester Pancho.*

Bacoleña Artist Given Art Award

Joan Honoridez, founding president of the Association of Negros Artists is the only Bacoleña artist who was named one of the Natatanging Pintor na Tagataguyod ng Sining-Biswal awardees during the Bahay Kubo ng Sining (Bakusi) Foundation night held at the Insular Life Auditorium, Alabang, Muntinlupa on March 8, 2016.

Natatanging Pintor na Tagataguyod ng Sining-Biswal awardee Joan Honoridez (5th from left), together with the son of Ed Castrillo, Tam Austria, Fernando Sena, Romulo Galicano, Chona de Robles, and the other awardees from other parts of the Philippines.*

Ledesma Farm Manager on Disallowed Entry ‘They Should Have Asked Permission’

The manager of the farmlands of Rep. Julio Ledesma IV in San Carlos City explained that they did not allow the entry of a convoy of vehicles, with Board Member Rolando Ponsica, acting Escalante Mayor Santiago Maravillas and Prov’l Capitol employees as passengers, “because they did not ask permission from us.”

Mariano Antonio Cui III, manager of the Gamboa Hermanos Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative that manages the sugar farms of Ledesma, told Negros Daily Bulletin “it is basic courtesy that when you enter a private property, you need to ask permission from its owners.”