November 15, 2021

Zubiri vows to refile NIR bill

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri vowed to re-file the proposed Negros Island Region bill, in the next Congress “come hell or high water.” Zubiri admitted on November 13 that he was disappointed by the


Lacson, Sotto unbothered by ‘political circus’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Partido Reporma presidential candidate Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson his vice-presidential running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto appeared to have been unbothered by the ongoing “political circus” as described by many voters. This was after Davao


DA asked for plan on high fertilizer prices

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Department of Agriculture has been asked by Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri to submit a comprehensive plan of action to fertilizers problem in response to complaints of the sugarcane workers and farmers on


2M Negrense voters expected in 2022 polls

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Commission on Elections expects about two million registered voters to vote in the May next year elections, making Negros Occidental among the richest voting populations all over the country. Included in the list of top


Bacolod, rest of Region 6 under Alert Level 2

Bacolod City and the rest of Western Visayas have been placed under Alert Level 2 by the national Inter-Agency Task Force from November 15 to 30, 2021, the Office of the Presidential Spokesman disclosed over the weekend. The downgrade of


Bacolod receives good governance award

Bacolod City is a recipient of the 2020 Seal of Good Local Governance Award from the Department of Interior and Local Government, thus, allowing it to grant performance-based bonus to its personnel. An apparently elated Mayor Evelio Leonardia made the


Photo of the Day

DAZZLING LIGHTS. Megaword Bacolod lights up the 100 parols, which were handcrafted by inmates from the city’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, at Forbes Hill.*


Lesson from the fig tree

The readings this Sunday are filled with imagery and symbolism which pose a particular challenge to every preacher. In the gospel, Jesus talks about the end of time in a discourse which is probably the most difficult gospel text due


Another failing mark

The Philippines failed to qualify for a grant from the US aid agency Millennium Challenge Corp. after getting a failing mark in the “control of corruption” requirement. In the MCC’s Fiscal Year 2022 scorecard released November 9, the country passed

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RAM-UGBI endorse Leonardia, Atayde

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) – United Guardians Brotherhood Inc. (UGBI), yesterday endorsed the re-election bid of Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and congressional aspirant Dan Atayde. The endorsement was made by RAM-UGBI president Ricardo “Mustang”

183 UNegA candidates to meet

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The United Negros Alliance will have its assembly on December 4 in Bago City, Negros Occidental, which is to be participated in by 183 UNegA candidates. UNegA secretary general Salvador Escalante Jr. disclosed that invited are

Electric poles not for campaign materials

Central Negros Electric Cooperative is reminding candidates and their supporters not to post campaign materials on electric poles. The power utility firm posted the reminder on its social media page as the May 2022 election approaches. It cited Section 7

LLNO launches Star of Hope

A simple sharing project launched by the Laban Leni Negros Occ (LLNO) volunteer group which envisioned the provision of a 2-kg bag of rice for economically deprived families during the Christmas season, has grown to become a testament of goodness

What if Santa met you

The buzz this week was the Norwegian Post’s Christmas ad that had eyelashes blinking globally. A nod to the movie “When Harry Met Sally” the story begins with an elderly man meets a gay Santa by his living room’s fireplace.

14,620 AstraZeneca jabs expire

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A total of 14,620 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines with November 30 expiration dates have gone to waste after a local government unit in Negros Occidental refused to accept it, preferring to use other vaccines available with