PCSO Chair Calls Anew on Local PNP to Go After Gamblers

The chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), for the nth time, called on local police forces to also go after cops protecting illegal gambling operations.

Jose Jorge Corpuz told newsmen in Silay City yesterday that despite PCSO’s call on the Philippine National Police (PNP), they continue to get reports on the involvement of policemen in illegal gambling.

“We have a memorandum of agreement with the PNP, as well as with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that they catch operators of illegal gambling,” Corpuz said.

Mayor Won’t Leave NPC-Love Negros

Suspended Cauayan town Mayor John Rey Tabujara said he did not and will not leave the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Love Negros party.

Tabujara was sought for comment by NDB last night, following speculations that he intends to join UNEGA.

The speculations ran wild in southern Negros Occidental yesterday, which also alleged that Acting Cauayan Mayor. Vice Mayor Rico James “Tata” Tabujara attended the recent UNEGA party meeting and “plans to join the party”.

John Rey & Rico James are cousins.

NPA Slams Killing of Bayan Muna Organizer, Other Civilians

The New People’s Army-Leonardo Panaligan Command (NPA-LPC) keeps blaming the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the killing of civilians in Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental.

In a statement to the media, Ka JB Regalado, LPC spokesperson said, innocent civilians are now getting the brunt of the “revenge” of the military and the police for the ambush last month that killed a police chief and five other cops of Guihulngan.

‘Bulk Water Supply Project Nearing Completion’

The first bulk water supply project that will boost the capacity and capability of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) to better serve its concessionaires, is in full swing and nearing completion.

PHOTOS BELOW show the current status of some of the bulk water supply project’s facilities put in place as part of the commitment of the Bacolod Bulk Water Project, Inc. consortium to be able to boost the supply of the Bacolod City Water District, which will mean better water delivery services to thousands of Bacolod residents.* (PR photos)

Project Engr. Joey Pastorel of the Bacolod Bulk Water, Inc. (BBWI) said several engineering works were already put in place as BBWI even expects to complete the project sooner than expected.

CA Defers Confirmation of DAR Chief Mariano TFM Farmers Hold Prayer Rally

The Commission on Appointments (CA) yesterday deferred the appointment of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III suspended the proceeding after Senator Gringo Honasan asked for more time to “process and digest” issues raised by the oppositors.

There are 10 oppositors against the appointment of Mariano. However, only six were present in yesterday’s confirmation hearing.

NIR Offices Until October 9 Only

Regional offices of national agencies in the now-dissolved Negros Island Region (NIR or Region 18) have until October 9, 2017, to close down, local government Undersecretary Austere Panadero said yesterday.

Panadero attended the presentation of NIR national government agencies’ Transition Action Plan to facilitate reversion to Regions 6 and 7, at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.

He said, the meeting aims to ensure that the agencies “have smooth transition” back to the old regions.

“I do not expect any problem with the transition,” he added,

‘Peeping Tom’ Shot Dead

A “peeping tom” was shot dead by a homeowner in Barangay Poblacion 2 in Sagay City, early Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim as Cris Areglado Junsarita, 30, single “Alias Tata” of Purok Kalubihan, Barangay General Luna, Sagay.

The suspect was identified as Cris Jun Canete Eva, 20, single “Alias Toto” of Hacienda Nelia in Barangay Rizal, also in the city.

Investigations showed that Eva shot Junsarita after the latter was seen peeping through the window while lying down asleep with his live-in partner.

Marang Festival 2017 Opens At Capitol

The Marang Festival, now on its second year, officially opened at the Provincial Capitol Grounds in Bacolod City, yesterday, with the theme, “Marang Innovations: Implication to Community Development”. It is participated in by five LGUs namely, Sagay City, Talisay City, La Carlota City, Calatrava, and La Castellana; they are selling freshly-harvested Marang fruits and other Marang-based products and delicacies such as ice cream, candies, polvoron, jam, and caramel tarts, coffee and many more.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (center) together with Board Member Victor Javellana and Acting Provincial Administrator Dr. Lucille Gelvolea lead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the 2nd Marang Festival.*(Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

Gov Welcomes Rallyists’ Criticisms

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. welcomes the issues raised by the cause oriented organizations that held a rally in front of the capitol building yesterday.

Led by Bayan -Negros spokesperson Christian Tuayon, the rallyists expressed their opposition against the proposed shipyard at Sitio Ubong, Brgy Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.