March 16, 2023

Teves seeks 2-month leave from Congress

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. asked Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez that he be granted a two-month leave of absence, citing what he calls a “very grave threat to his life and family members.” Teves,


Single use plastics ban pushed

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is urging the National Solid Waste Management Commission to release the list of non-environmentally acceptable materials which include single use plastics. The resolution authored by Councilors Celia Flor and Claudio Puentevella said


P1.6M shabu seized in Negros Occidental

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The arrest of seven drug suspects in separate buy bust operations in Negros Occidental, on March 13 and 14, has yielded P1.6 million in illegal drugs. More than P1 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated


SP commends medtech exam topnotcher

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City congratulated and commended Sidney Mel Aldeguer Flores for placing first in the March 2023 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination. The resolution authored by Councilor Em Ang, Israel Salanga and Lady Gles


Our true unity only with Christ

Yes, our true unity can only be achieved when we are with Christ, when we have the same spirit of Christ. It’s a unity that is not uniformity and can be lived even amid our unavoidable differences and conflicts. In


Ambitious commitments (part 2)

“Agriculture is the most healthful, the most useful, and, most noble employment of man” – George Washington My inaugural column largely discussed climate change and, how agriculture, organic agriculture, in particular can contribute in addressing hunger as the top millennium


A failed war?

According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, decades of punitive strategies in many countries – including the Philippines – in dealing with the narcotics problem, have failed to prevent the consumption and spread of illegal drugs. UN

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Photo of the Day

BEAUTIES. Kyla Rose Romarate (center) was crowned on March 18 as the Victorias City’s Kadalag-an Queen 2023, with Cassandra Maureen Matugas as 1st runner-up and Pauline Isabelle Guanzon as the 2nd runner up (left).* Victorias City PIO photo

Degamo burial declared non-working holiday in NegOr

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Malacañang yesterday declared March 16 as a special non-working day in Negros Oriental, to give its residents an opportunity to show their last respects and join the interment of Gov. Roel Degamo in the town of

Top exporters urge resolution on VAT zero-rating

The country’s major exporting industries – semiconductors and electronics, information technology and business process management (ITBPM) and garments and wearables – appealed to the government yesterday to immediately issue the resolution on value-added tax (VAT) zero-rating for exporters’ purchases. In

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

SSS warns delinquent Victorias, Manapla employers

The Social Security System (SSS) conducted its Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) campaign to remind non-compliant employers of their legal obligations under Republic Act No. 11199 otherwise known as Social Security Act of 2018.   SSS Vice President for Visayas West

2 minors drown in Kabankalan

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Two minors were reported yesterday by the police to have drowned in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The two victims, both 10-years-old, drowned while having a swim with three others, in a river in Sitio Nandong, Brgy.