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.”

Gov Slams Claims He Bailed Malabor Slay Suspect from Jail

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., vehemently denied the claims of murder suspect Jacklyn Villaquer alias Golden that the P60,000.00 cash used for his (Villaquer) bail on illegal possession of firearms charges came from him.

“Why would I bail him out? I don’t know him,” Marañon said.

The Governor said, “Opisyo na palupad sugilanon, waay gani ko kilala sa iya (That is too far-fetched. I don’t know him).

Ngaa mahatag ko piyansa sa iya? Hamak mo na karakter sang tawo na. Nadala man gali to siya kay Nazareno?”, Marañon said.

‘Bail Money Came from Guv’, Malabor Slay Suspect

One of the suspects in the murder of Negros Occ. Provincial Board Member Renato Malabor and his bodyguard Butch Jumilla, claimed that the money used by the chief of police of Himamaylan City to bail him out in the illegal possession of firearms case he was facing, allegedly came from Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

ONE OF THE SUSPECTS in the Malabor-Jumilla double murder case, Jacklyn Villaquer alias “Golden” of Isabela & Moises Padilla, during yesterday’s ambush interview in La Castellana.* (Arman Toga photo)


The Negros Island Regional Development Council (NI-RDC) has unanimously approved and adopted the proposal of Negros Occidental Provincial Development Council with just the addition of a timeline during the 2nd Negros Island Regional Development Council (NI-RDC) Meeting held at Dumaguete City, yesterday, presided by newly-appointed RDC chairman, Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr.