May 17, 2023

Lacson denies Love Negros rift

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday doused speculations of an alleged rift among Love Negros members. Asked if there is a rift between him and Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Lacson replied “there is none.”


Jeepney operators to process provisional authority

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Traditional jeepney operators in Bacolod City will start processing their extended provisional authority that will allow them to continue their operation, before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Regional Office in Iloilo today. The


DOJ eyes to file charges vs. Teves today

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla yesterday said that charges against Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves will be filed “most probably on Wednesday” by the National Bureau of Investigation. Remulla said that DOJ initially planned to file the


‘Internal cleansing’ among Negros NPA – Army

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Following deaths of its top leaders in Negros Island, the New People’s Army is now conducting an “internal cleansing” among their ranks, revealed yesterday by Brig. Gen. Orlando Edralin, who is the 303rd Infantry Brigade commander.


57 former Negros rebels get gov’t assistance

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A total of 57 former rebels in Negros Occidental yesterday availed of financial assistance from the national and provincial governments, in a ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City. Brig. Gen. Orlando


Disaster responders capacitated

Thirty officials and community workers of Barangay Purisima, Manapla, are now fully trained to respond to emergency situations in their village after completing the 3-day Barangay Emergency Response Team (BERT) Training at the 605th Manuever Company Headquarters, in Camp Aniceto


An insidious pollutant

A new study by Filipino scientists has found that Metro Manila residents are now at risk of inhaling microplastics, or tiny plastic fragments in the environment, which they call an insidious new major pollutant. Published in the Environmental Science and


Philippine Red Cross sends aid to Kabankalan

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has swiftly responded to the armed clashes between state armed groups and non-state armed groups that occurred on May 11, at Sitio Dangalon, Barangay Hilamonan, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. In a press release, the PRC said

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The pursuit for unity with God

Once again, we are made to consider the greatest desire Christ expressed just before his passion, death and resurrection in the gospel reading of the Mass on Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter. (cfr. Jn 17,20-26) His desire was

Army condemns NPA killing spree in province

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade strongly condemned the killing spree of innocent civilians carried out and admitted by the New People’s Army in Negros Occidental. These acts of violence are not only abhorrent, but also a

Senate approves NEPC franchise bill on 2nd reading

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The granting of a franchise to the Negros Electric Power Corp., to maintain an electric power distribution in key localities of Negros Occidental, is steadily inching towards approval by the Philippine Senate. The Senate approved on

Red tagging, not government policy – Army general

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN An Army general has reiterated that the 3rd Infantry Division does not engage in “red tagging,” which he stressed is not a government policy. Maj. Gen. Marion Sison, 3ID commander, disclosed that the information presented to

NTF-ELCAC exec unfazed by SC ruling on red tagging

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) claims that accusations of “red tagging” are only meant to deflect underground organizations’ “terrorist-grooming” efforts where select individual victims are systematically recruited and radicalized through


Last night I felt like I entered the Twilight Zone when it rained properly, but it was for only about 10 minutes. It felt strange during those few minutes, when the raindrops made that familiar deafening sound on my roof,