July 7, 2022

Border controls to keep NegOcc ASF-free

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The African Swine Fever-free Negros Occidental further tightened its border controls as the number of regions, provinces, local government units in the country affected by the animal disease increases, Provincial Veterinary Office officer-in-charge Placeda Lemana yesterday


‘Spaghetti wires’ task force formed

BY WAYNE A. BIGSAT A Task Force on Spaghetti Wires is created through Executive Order 003 by Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez directing those involved to remove, clear, and recognize entangled and messy wires located in identified locations and


NGCP implements manual load dropping

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The power interruptions experienced yesterday in Negros Island was due to supply deficiency brought about by the tripping of power plants following the isolation of the Negros-Panay submarine cable, according to the National Grid Power Corporation.


Bill redistricting Bacolod City refilled

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya re-filed a proposed bill creating two legislative districts for Bacolod City last week. Gasataya filed House Bill 297 which seeks to create the first and second Legislative Districts of Bacolod City during


Albee attends inaugural SP session

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez reiterated yesterday Team Asenso’s commitment to give Bacolod City a government that is transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of Bacolodnons. Benitez read the covenant of his team during a


Bacolod SP committee chairmanships named

Bacolod City councilors Em Ang, Lady Gles Pallen, Pao Sy, Simple Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Ayesha Joy Villafor, Celia Flor (l-r, front row) Councilors Renecito Novero, Israel Salanga, Vladi Gonzales, Al Victor Espino, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Jesus Claudio Puentevella, Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Jason Villarosa (l-r, back row) at the inaugural session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.*


Binalbagan gun battle kills 4 rebels

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Four suspected New People’s Army rebels were killed during an encounter yesterday with Army and police troopers in Sitio Amilis, Brgy. Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, that also resulted in the recovery of four high-powered firearms, disclosed


34K in shabu seized, 2 arrested

BY WAYNE A. BIGSAT Police operatives in Bacolod City confiscated sachets of suspected shabu which resulted in the apprehension of two individuals in a raid led by Police Station 2 at about 6:56 p.m., Tuesday at Purok Kagaykay, Brgy. 2,


Freely given, freely give

“As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (Mt 10,7-8) Words of


Returning to the ICC

Human rights advocates recently called on the Marcos administration to restore the country’s membership in the International Criminal Court, which has been looking into the drug war of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte. In 2018, after an ICC

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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

Sagaynon is best opposite spiker of NCAA

BY MARK L. GARCIA Reyann Cañete, a resident of Brgy. Paraiso, Sagay City, was named as the best opposite spiker of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 97 which concluded last month at the Filoil Flying V Arena in

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

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

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

Ferrer calls on Valderrama to resign SRA post

SRA Board Member Aurelio Gerardo Valderrama; right photo, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with Personal Adviser for Western Visayas – Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer.*