February 8, 2023

Panaad sa Negros sets April return

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Panaad sa Negros will staging a comeback on April 17 to 23, disclosed Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz yesterday. Diaz said that a budget of P25


CHR asked to probe NPA executions

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Regional Task Force 6 to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has asked the Commission on Human Rights to investigate the spate of killings perpetrated and claimed by the New People’s Army in Negros Island. In


Rep. Benitez wants ‘blue economy’ as top priority

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental 3rd district Rep.  Jose Francisco “Kiko” Benitez has called on the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to prioritize programs that promote a “blue economy” in the interest of national economic security. With maritime


Kabankalan gun battle casualties identified

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The three suspected New People’s Army rebels died in recent gun battles with Army soldiers in Sitio Bugne, Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, have been identified by the Philippine National Police P/Capt. Judesses Catalogo, spokesperson


Show cause order issued vs former Isabela treasurer

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A show cause order has been issued yesterday against former acting municipal treasurer Nenette Escarda, to explain the missing P7 million in cash and checks, owned by the municipal government of Isabela, Negros Occidental. In his


Negros Occidental voters now 2M

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The number of voters in Negros Occidental is expected to increase to two million, after the Commission on Elections registered more than 57,000 new voters, for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) this year, disclosed


Photo of the Day

ABANSE VALENTINE HUG. A giant ABANSE NEGRENSE bear gets a hug from a visitor at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City, as the provincial government joins preparations for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.* GPB photo


Setting our heart right

How important to really set our heart right! And that’s because the heart in the end is where the true condition of our life can be found. Are we good or not so good? Are we properly focused or are



Airport security screening officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are being investigated by the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) after video of them “exhibiting unprofessional behavior” during the security screening of a departing Korean pop group went viral. The


PCOM NegOcc chapter officers inducted

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The new set of officers of the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine – Negros Occidental Chapter (PCOM-NOC) were inducted into office by PCOM national president Dr. Anna Sofia Victoria Fajardo at Park Inn by Radisson in

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Region 7 police chief relieved

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Almost two weeks after the assassination of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, P/Brig. Gen. Jerry Bearis was relieved yesterday as Central Visayas regional police director. Bearis, who assumed as regional police director of Central Visayas December

DOJ mulls placing Degamo slay suspects under lookout bulletin

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Saturday said it would place under the lookout bulletins the individuals linked to the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. Justice Undersecretary Mico Clavano said the move is part of further precautions, while

P2M in shabu seized in Bacolod

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN More than P2 million worth of suspected shabu was seized by the police from two drug suspects who were arrested on March 18 at Purok San Roque 1, Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City. Nabbed by operatives of

Pinoy franchising brands eyeing international market

The Philippines targets to see 50 Filipino franchising brands across the world over the next three years, Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) chairman emeritus Samie Lim said yesterday. In a press conference in Quezon City, Lim said there are already 20