September 27, 2021

4 fishermen found dead, 5 still missing

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Four of the nine fishermen who were missing after their fishing boat sank off the coast of Iloilo on September 24, were found dead, according to a report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). Two of


Topnotcher leads new Negrense docs

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The topnotcher and another Negrense passer of the recent Physician Licensure Examination both come from a family of doctors. Inez Benedicto, who topped this year’s PLE with a rating of 87.83 percent, yesterday said her maternal


Top doc wants to serve hometown

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Physicians Licensure Examination 2021 topnotcher Maria Inez Sellado Benedicto of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, wants to serve her community first, prior to her medical residency program. Benedicto, younger sister of La Carlota City Councilor Richard


AGMA conducted amidst silent protest

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Central Negros Electric Cooperative pushed thru with the conduct of its 43rd Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) yesterday despite the opposition of consumers groups in Bacolod City. A silent protest was staged in front of the


Rebel facing murder raps nabbed with guns, marijuana

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A suspected member of the New People’s Army facing murder charges was arrested on September 25 by army soldiers and police troopers in Brgy. Linantuyan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. Nabbed was Robert Estorco, alias Janggo, a


Photo of the Day

IDYLLIC. Rice paddies at the outskirts of Canlaon City, where a farmer tends to the field while his carabao rests.* Raymond Sugay/CCN photo


When misunderstood and hated

That gospel episode where Herod the tetrarch was perplexed about Christ and was more disturbed than simply curious about him, (cfr. Lk 9,7-9) reminds us that if we are to be like Christ, we should be ready to be misunderstood


We are all prophets

When Joshua asks Moses to stop Eldad and Medad from prophesying because they were not present at the bestowing of the Spirit, Moses replies, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets!”


A better outlook

The Asian Development Outlook 2021 Update by the Asian Development Bank retained its 2021 economic growth outlook for the Philippines at 4.5 percent and 5.5 percent for 2021 and 2022 respectively but warned of continued downside risks from more transmissible

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90 public schools to hold pilot in-person classes: DepEd

Education Secretary Leonor Briones yestereday said there are now 90 public schools that “will be pushing through with conduct the pilot limited face-to-face classes” on November 15. In a Palace press briefing, Briones said the goal of the Department of

PH logs 3,656 new cases, lowest in over 3 months

The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reported 3,656 new COVID-19 cases, the country’s lowest daily tally in over three months. The new infections brought the total number of active cases nationwide to 67,061, according to the DOH latest case bulletin.

NegOcc hospitals get negative pressure ambulances

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Six negative pressure ambulances used to transport infected patients, which are regarded as the key point in the containment of COVID-19, are now ready for use by the provincial government of Negros Occidental. Gov. Eugenio Jose

Business tax relief pushed

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO An ordinance granting tax relief to taxpayers with unpaid business taxes in the City of Bacolod through condonation of penalties, interest and surcharges imposed on them, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod recently. Councilor Dindo

Gatchalian pushes full face-to-face classes

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for the return to face-to-face classes and its budget allocation in Congress to ensure that its trial run on November 15 will be smooth sailing. The distance learning modality does not

Bacolod Diocese to remain non-partisan

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod will not be endorsing any local/national candidate or party in the May 2022 presidential and vice presidential elections. Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon yesterday said everything is political but when it