June 29, 2022

No COVID-19 surge yet

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Unlike in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces where COVID-19 cases are currently increasing, the number of such cases in Negros Occidental remains been low, disclosed yesterday by Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jessica Fama. As


Albee bares P1.5B questionable transactions

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayor- elect Alfredo Benitez yesterday disclosed P1.5 billion transactions of the Bacolod City government that according to him, based on Commission on Audit reports, “would require a more detailed examination.” “These funds include those under cash


PHO: Still below dengue alert level threshold

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN While dengue cases in Negros Occidental are still on an upward trend, Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jessica Fama declared yesterday that the province is still below in alert level threshold during the period from June


Housing project turned over to former rebels

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) turned over 20 housing units to members of the Kapatiran Peace and Development Community (PDC) in Sitio Mabinay, Barangay Locotan, Kabankalan City recently. The turnover of


Crime of passion eyed in Alijis shooting

BY WAYNE A. BIGSAT Police investigators are looking into a crime of passion behind the shooting of a 31-year-old driver, identified as Kim Ryan Canillo, of Sto. Niño, Brgy. Handumanan, early this week at Bangga Metal, Alijis-Murcia Road, Brgy. Alijis,


Telco wire thieves caught in the act

BY WAYNE A. BIGSAT Three suspects were caught in the act of stealing telecommunication company wires in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The incident happened at 4 a.m. on June 28, and was reported to Police Station 7 at


God’s power amid man’s weaknesses

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29, somehow reminds us that God’s power can sit well amid the many weaknesses of men. It shows us the very character of that divine power, full of love, goodness



The Philippines’ National Capital Region was able to improve four notches in the global ranking of liveable cities, based on the Global Liveability Index 2022 of UK-based The Economist Intelligence Unit which ranked Manila 105th out of 139 cities in


Fêtes de Musiques

Mon Dieu! I was super blessed when I reserved a van way ahead of the online surge for available taxis during this day when the whole of France dedicates impromptu street performance to trance dance down the block. I would

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Sipalay LGU turns over 2 hectares to CPSU

The Sipalay City government has formally turned over two hectares of land area to Central Philippines State University – Sipalay Campus, where it is already situated, on August 4. This transpired during the courtesy visit of State Universities and Colleges

Sen. Marcos calls for DA reshuffle

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Senator Imee Marcos wants an immediate reshuffle of Department of Agriculture top officials, following what she calls the “unauthorized and fraudulent” use of the Office of the President to justify the importation of sugar. Malacañang issued

Free school supplies for Bacolod students

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO All public elementary students in Bacolod City will be receiving free school supplies from the Bacolod City Government this school year once the budget is released. Bacolod Councilor Al Victor Espino, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod

Contemplate the ‘Unknown’ with Jadon

Anxiety and hope fuse when confronted with the unknown. Such is human nature. Instead of succumbing to the loneliness of the enforced lockdowns, the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic brought forth the creativity of 18-year-old Bacolod-based artist Jadon Kilayko. “I’ve

5 OPA employees justify ‘drinking session’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN “Admission with justification.” This was the reply of five employees of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture to the show cause order issued against them by the Provincial Legal Office, for allegedly having a drinking session

San Carlos Hospital kicks off National Hospital Week

San Carlos City Hospital kicked off its National Hospital Week celebration Monday themed “Pagbangon mula sa pandemya, Kayang kaya basta’t sama same.” The activity started with a motorcade around the major streets of the city where different divisions and sections