Paner: ‘SRA & Sugar Industry are Victims of Politics’

Former Sugar Regulatory Administrator Anna Rosario Paner finally breaks her silence on the circumstances behind her resignation as head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration and on allegations that she hired “overpriced” consultants to prepare the agency’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program (DRRMP).


Former Sugar Regulatory Administrator Anna Rosario Paner finally breaks her silence on the circumstances behind her resignation during yesterday’s press conference in Bacolod City.*

La Castellana Mayor Asks PDEA to Validate Cop’s Claims Brod Linked to Drugs

La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan yesterday, Sept. 26, 2017 asked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to validate claims made by a police chief linking her brother-councilor to the illegal drug trade.

Mangilimutan personally handed in her letter to the Office of PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

In her letter, Mangilimutan said that her brother, Councilor Alberto White Nicor is allegely being implicated in the illegal drug trade by Moises Padilla police chief Senior Inspector Alan Reloj.

MassKara 2017 Logo and Music Theme Launched

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Silver Masskara Foundation head Eli Francis Tajanlangit, concurrently 2017 MassKara Festival director, launched yesterday morning, September 25, at the NGC lobby, the logo and music theme for this year’s MassKara festival celebration which runs October 1 to 22.

The music was composed and arranged by Roberto ‘Bob’ Aves, while the logo was a creation of Mark Lester Jarmin.

‘Drive Out Professional Squatters’, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)

Aguila defined professional squatters as those who were able to avail of the low-cost housing program of the government but sell the property and go back to their original squatting status and then ask again for another housing relocation project.

“They are those who intrude into the socialized housing area of the government. This is why the HUDCC is instituting a nationwide campaign to suppress and eradicate professional squatters and squatting syndicates, as per Executive Order 153 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” he said.

2017 MassKara Theme Underscores ASEAN Integration

This year’s MassKara Festival which is themed, “Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia”, echoes the vital role of the city in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community.

According to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, the theme highlights the city’s bullish prospects with the ASEAN integration.

“The integration of our country with nine other nations will mean that our horizons will widen, the playing field will be expanded, and we will have a new political and economic order,” Leonardia emphasized.

Kabisig Urges More Participants to Join Expo

Kabisig Chair Daniel Guillen is urging more government institutions in the province to join the Kabisig Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair at Bacolod SMX on October 17 to 19.


NOLITC AWARD. The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center staff led by its administrator, Ma. Cristina Orbecido, presented to Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. the Outstanding TECH4ED Center-Emerging Center Category Award won by NOLITC during the 12th Knowledge Exchange Conference held in Manila, last week. The award was given by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.*(Richard Malihan /Capitol photo)

Bus Passenger Dies in Bago Collision

A Ceres bus passenger died, while about 30 others including the passenger of a tricycle and the bus driver were injured in a triple collision along the accident-prone area of Araneta Highway in Barangay Taloc, Bago City at past 9 o’clock Saturday night.

Initial Bago Police Office report identified the fatality as April Rex Narciso Villegas, 24, single of Purok Elgar in Barangay Don Jorge Araneta in Bago.

Riding-in-Tandem Rob Cigarette Salesmen

Two salesmen were held up by two unidentified suspects riding in-tandem on a motorcycle of cash; reams of cigarettes and personal belongings along Isabela-Hinigaran road in Sitio Linao, Barangay Bato, Hinigaran town, Negros Occ. around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Chief Inspector Jake Barilla, Hinigaran OIC Police chief identified the victims as Eliseo Mario Barayoga, Jr., 43, married, of RGG Housing, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City and Melogie Deocadez Erojo, 31, married, of Sunset Village in Barangay E. Lopez, Silay City, Negros Occidental.

CA Reverses Ombudsman Order Dismissing Bacolod Mayor, 8 Others

The Court of Appeals (CA) in Cebu reversed the decision of the Ombudsman to dismiss Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his co-respondents for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

In a September 6, 2017 promulgation signed by Associate Justices Germano Francisco D. Legaspi and Marilyn B. Lagura-Yap, and Executive Justice Gabriel T. Ingles of the 18th Division of CA-Cebu, the CA cited the Aguinaldo Doctrine is applicable in the defense and the merits of the case alone were already sufficient to exonerate him.

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