July 27, 2021

High marks from Bing

“This was an extraordinary presidency, buffeted by extraordinary problems and difficulties. One cannot evaluate President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address outside of that context,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday. “Given its problems, not the least of


Pacquiao, 2 others court UNegA support

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN United Negros Alliance secretary general Salvador Escalante Jr. said yesterday they received “feelers” from the groups of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, and even boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who are courting their


Negros Occidental remains ASF-free: Lacson

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN/ADRIAN P. NEMES III Negros Occidental remains free of the African swine fever, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday. Lacson said the ASF task force, which is now on its second year of existence, succeeded in prevention


Ceneco rates up

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Power rates of Central Negros Electric Cooperative increased by 95 centavos per kilowatt hour this month, while that of Northern Negros Electric and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperatives reduced by P1.6 and 39 centavos, respectively. Ceneco


Benitez sure of petition dismissal

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Former Rep. Alfredo Benitez said yesterday he is confident that the Comelec Election Registration Board will dismiss the opposition filed against his transfer of voter’s registration from Victorias City to Bacolod City, with evidences he had


Covid hits 13 more cops

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Thirteen more police personnel in Western Visayas tested positive for Covid-19 on July 25, bringing to 108 the number of PNP members infected by the virus, the PNP Health Service said. Of the 134 new cases,


Selective choosy

Last week, a vaccination-related post by celebrity Erwan Heussaff became surprisingly controversial in social media circles. In an Instagram post, Mr. Heussaff announced that he got his second dose of Sinovac and then encouraged his followers to get vaccinated ASAP.


Heartbreaks at the Olympics

I was hoping to write about the President’s State of the Nation Address in this column, but it is almost 4 p.m. already and I have an appointment that I cannot forego. So, I guess I will have to hold

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Oil prices up for 3rd straight week

In separate advisories, Caltex, Petro Gazz, Phoenix Petroleum, Seaoil and Shell said they will raise gasoline prices by P0.40 per liter and diesel prices by P0.35 per liter. Cleanfuel will roll out price increments of P0.30 per liter for both

PH water supply, sanitation master plan launched

In a speech during the virtual launch of the Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan Thursday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua underscored that integrated interventions from the local and national government, and stakeholders are crucial to achieve the

60-ft Holy Cross to rise at La Castellana park

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The development of the Mandayao Panorama Park, which is being envisioned by Mayor Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan as the tourism hub of La Castellana in Negros Occidental, continues with more added attractions being constructed, and the majestic

Malditas squad for Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers named

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has unveiled the women’s national team that will vie for a spot in next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup through the qualifying rounds starting this weekend. Nine of the so-called “Malditas” making the 23-woman lineup

4 rebels killed, 13 captured in Ilog gunbattle

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Four suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed, while 13 others, including a top-ranking rebel leader, were captured yesterday during an encounter with the police elite Special Action Force troopers in Sitio Balik-Balik,

NPC rolls out community pantry

The Negros Press Club yesterday spearheaded the rollout of a “Unity” Community Pantry for 200 residents of Barangay Vista Alegre in Bacolod City. NPC president Yves Montecillo said that the activity held at the Vista Alegre-Granada Relocation Elementary School (VAGRES)