October 5, 2021

NegOcc, Bacolod still under Alert Level 4

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental and the highly-urbanized city of Bacolod remained under Alert Level 4 as the two local government units continue to battle increasing number of COVID-19 cases, for almost two months now. This also developed as


Exclusion petition vs. Albee dismissed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The petition for exclusion in the voters list of Bacolod Citry, which was filed against former Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who is slated to file his Certificate of Candidacy today at the City COMELEC, was dismissed by


Gasataya files COC

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya filed his certificate of candidacy as congressional candidate of the Nationalist People’s Coalition at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the Commission on Elections-Bacolod Field Office along with lawyer Mark Steven Mayo who


Bacolod DRRMO on standby

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) – Response Team of Bacolod City to be on standby and be ready to be deployed anytime as Signal No. 1 has been


Silay farmers denounce NPA atrocities

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Members of four farmer associations, who used to be affiliated with the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City, Negros Occidental, strongly denounced violence and atrocities committed by the New People’s Army


Continuing Christ’s redemptive mission

Christ’s redemptive mission is very much an ongoing affair, and he involves all of us actually in this business. Those words that he addressed to his apostles, giving them their mission, can be considered as addressed to us also. “The



The filing for the certificate of candidacy for the May 2022 elections started last week and that means the circus is officially in town once more. Well if you come to think of it, a terribly unfunny circus has been


Cleaning up election season

Environmental groups Ecowaste Coalition, Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation and Zero Waste Philippines have urged the Commission on Elections to pass a resolution that would ensure the conduct of clean and green elections in 2022, citing that previous polls generated


Lawyers target Bacolod council

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Lawyer Mark Steven Mayo, who is running as an independent candidate for councilor of Bacolod City, yesterday denied having been invited to join the team of former Neg. Occ., 3rd District congressman Albee Benitez, when asked

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Limited-ed Pale Pilsen IconiCan released

San Miguel Pale Pilsen continues to serve delightful bonding moments and unforgettable memories with its time-tested brew. Through the years, this iconic Filipino beer has brought people from all walks of life together, helping shape local culture through music, fashion,

Gov’t to lose P131B if fuel excise tax deferred

Around P131.4 billion worth of government revenues are seen to be lost in 2022 if the proposed suspension of excise tax on petroleum products will be passed by lawmakers, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. Specifically, around P24.7 billion

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

Vaccination goes house-to-house

The Bacolod City government is intensifying its battle against COVID-19 as it implements the house-to-house vaccination campaign beginning October 20. “An intensified house-to-house vaccination will pave the way to herd immunity,” Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) executive director Em Ang

Benitez calls for review of WESM pricing regulations

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Energy Regulatory Commission has been urged by Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez to review the pricing regulations in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), following hike in electricity rates. Benitez said that electric cooperatives

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