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.

Returning Troops to Deal with Reinforced Rebels

Negros Occidental is waiting for the return of troops belonging to the 11th, 15th and 82nd Infantry Battalions of the Army, deployed months ago in Zamboanga, Lanao del Norte, and Marawi City.

Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr., yesterday said, when he met President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday he was assured of the return of military troops to the island.

Military records showed that three soldiers from the 15th IB and three Negrenses from the elite Scout Ranger unit of the Philippine Army were killed during the gun battle in Marawi.


‘Prove Drug Claims vs. Me,’ Vice Gov. Lacson Dares Jailed Huelar

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson challenged former Barangay 35 Capt. Manuel Huelar, who is in jail for drug raps, to “prove” his allegations that he is a drug addict.

NEGROS OCC. VICE GOVERNOR BONG LACSON reads his statement and answers questions from the media, as he calls on jailed drug suspect and former Brgy. 35 (Bacolod) Captain Maue Huelar to prove his claims that the VG is a drug user. Lacson, in yesterday’s press conference, said in his decades in public service, he was never involved nor tagged in illegal drugs.*(Arman Toga photo)

President Lauds Bacolod Masskara Festival

President Rodrigo Duterte lauded Bacolodnons and Negrosanons for their resiliency and perseverance despite economic and other difficulties due to the problems of the sugar industry.

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. DUTERTE delivering his message at the 38th MassKara Festival at the jam-packed Bacolod City Public Plaza last night, To his back are Bacolod Lone District Congressman Greg Gasataya, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, his wife Elsa, and Vice Mayor Elcid Familiaran.*(Jun de los Reyes /NDB photos)

Bacolod Ready for Duterte Visit

All set in Bacolod City for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, October 22, as guest of honor and speaker at the closing of the 38th MassKara Festival.

According to City Administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, the Presidential Management Staff met yesterday with the city officials to discuss the preparations for the President’s visit, who is expected to close the MassKara Festival 2017, or at least witness the closing on the last day.

On ERC Decision to Pass on P232-M to Ceneco Consumers: ‘Hold Congressional Hearing in Bacolod’

Consumer advocates urge the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives to hold here in Bacolod City the proposed inquiry on the decision of the Energy Regulatory Commission authorizing the Central Negros Electric Cooperative to collect the P232 million differential billing from its consumers.

Fr. Chris Gonzales, head of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod City, said that concerned consumers will prepare a manifesto requesting the lower house to hold the probe in Bacolod so that it will be easier for consumers to air their concerns.

Indian Bizman Shot Dead

An Indian national was shot dead by a hold up suspect at Purok 3, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Police Chief Inspector Sherlock Gabana, Station 5 chief identified the victim as Sulakhan Singh, 35, married, of Stone Haven Subdivision, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City.

Police investigator on-case PO3 Justine Positar, said the victim was in his van with his wife and son when the wife went out to collect payment from their customer. She was then followed by the suspect identified as Bertito Gersaba, 50 years old.

STL Coordinator Shot Dead

A coordinator of Small Town Lottery (STL) was shot dead in a hold up attempt in Hacienda Bagacay, Barangay Bagtic, Silay City around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Superintendent Noel Polines, OIC Chief of Silay City PNP identified the victim as Jason Larido, 31, of Barangay Bagtic, Silay City. He sustained seven gunshot wounds on the chest but managed to flee on his motorcycle and ask assistance from the Barangay Hall.

He was rushed by Barangay Watchmen to Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital but was declared dead on arrival in Silay City.

Classes, Government Work Suspended Today Phl-wide

Whether there is a transport strike or none in Bacolod and Negros today, which is definitely none in the city and Negros Occidental, the order of President Rodrigo R. Duterte suspending all classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, and government work nationwide, still holds.

The suspension of work, however does not include the private sector, as Duterte is giving private employers the discretion whether to suspend work.