June 2022

Mayor Bing’s legacy changes Bacolod City

Supporters of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia may find it difficult to see him return to private life as he bids farewell Thursday after serving as the top city executive for 18 years. It may be doubly hard for many others,


Mabinay residents protest poll results

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayoralty candidate Carlo Ruiz in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, may have been ready to accept his defeat, but not his supporters, who tried to converge on June 28 at the town poblacion, to protest the installation of


Javi vows to lead by example

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Javier Miguel “Javi” Lopez Benitez, 28, took his oath of office last night as the 29th mayor of Victorias City in Negros Occidental, before his uncle, Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez. Benitez, whose father is


‘Vengeance’ eyed in reclamation body dump

BY WAYNE A. BIGSAT Police investigators are looking into the angle of retaliation behind the shooting to death of a man whose body was recovered in a garbage dump yesterday afternoon at Palanca Road, Barangay 8 in Bacolod City. Police


Ex-rebel leader eludes arrest for murder charges

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A former leader of the defunct Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade managed to elude arrest during a raid at his residence on June 28 in Brgy. Sag-ang, La Castellana, Negros Occidental. The subject of joint operations


Photo of the Day

OATHTAKING. Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia administered the oath of office of Councilors Israel Salanga, Cindy Rojas, Em Ang and Renecito Novero (l-r) in the presence of Jocelyn Salanga and former councilor Roberto Rojas (l-r, back row) at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.*


Sipalay officials take oath

The official oath-taking of elected for the year 2022-2025 in the city of Sipalay took place at the city’s Municipal Trial Court on June 27, before Judge Edwin Gomez. All elected officials with their families and witnesses were present during


Solar powered water system installed in Pontevedra

The residents of Barangay Buenavista Rizal in the Municipality of Pontevedra, will shortly enjoy the benefits the sun brings with the installation of a solar-powered water distribution system with Programmable Logic Control Water Tender Equipment. To help equip workers with


The spirit more than the body

We are composed of body and soul. But of the two, let’s see to it that we give utmost attention to the soul which is spiritual. It is what gives life, the real life to us. As Christ said, “The

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Dengue cases up 212% in Bacolod City

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod City Health Office is intensifying its campaign against dengue due to the increasing number of cases in the city, which is about 212.7 percent compared to the previous year with a total of nine

Build Break Build

There doesn’t seem to be any let up in the continuous breaking and building of roads all over the land anymore, as government contractors relentlessly close down lanes in order to “repair” infrastructure that most of us never noticed was

NBI warns coddlers, protectors of illegal STL

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A ranking official of the National Bureau of Investigation yesterday warned financiers and coddlers of those involved in running illegal Small Town Lottery outlets in Negros Occidental, to stop their illegal activities. Atty. Renoir Baldovino, NBI-Bacolod

Suspected rebel killed in Himamaylan gun battle

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A suspected New People’s Army rebel yesterday died in an encounter with Army soldiers in Sitio Bulasot, Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, disclosed that 94th Infantry Battalion

Libre sakay faces opposition

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The barangay captain of Vista Alegre in Bacolod City said he will prevent the operation of the “libre sakay” program in their barangay if his constituents oppose it. Barangay Captain Jose Maria Leandro Norberto “Lindy” De

Bacolod projects 284% increase in tourist arrivals

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod City Tourism Office is projecting a 284 percent increase in tourist arrivals in Bacolod City or more than 600,000 visitors by the end of the year. City Tourism Officer Ma. Teresa Quebrar-Manalili recalled that