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Benitez not expecting resistance to NIR creation

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, who authored House Bill 1446 that seeks to create Region VI-B, yesterday said that there is no “real expectation of resistance” from other provincial heads in Iloilo and


Degamo proclaimed NegOr governor

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN “Finally, justice is served.” This was stressed by reelectionist Gov. Roel Ragay Degamo after he was proclaimed the winning candidate and duly elected governor of Negros Oriental by the Special Provincial Board of Canvasser (SPBOC). The


Rising rabies fatalities alarms PHO

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Provincial Health Office (PHO) yesterday expressed alarm over the increasing number of rabies fatalities in Negros Occidental. PHO Nurse 2 Rafael Marmolejo, the rabies coordinator, reported yesterday that PHO recorded nine deaths due to suspected


15 Manokan Country stalls shuttered

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The City Legal Office Enforcement Unit closed 15 stalls out of 22 establishments at the Manokan Country in Bacolod City noontime yesterday for failure to settle their accounts with the Bacolod City Government. Some of the


NEA watching Ceneco closely

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The financial standing of Central Negros Electric Cooperative is classified by the National Electrification Administration under “yellow” category, NEA Administrator Emmanuel Juaneza said. This means that they are watching Ceneco closely, he said, adding that they


Victorias City mayor Benitez reports accomplishments

Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez (10th from left), who delivered his first 3-month report as local chief executive of Victorias City, is flanked by his father, Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Benitez, and uncle, Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, Vice Mayor Abelardo Bantug, members of the City Council, and Board Member Juvy Pepello at the Victorias City Coliseum.* GPB photo


Bloodletting drive at Pahanocoy

To celebrate Voluntary Blood Donors Day, the Rotary Club of Bacolod-Marapara recently assisted in a bloodletting program in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, headed by Brgy. Captain Yolanda “Bebing” Noble. Partnering the program were the Bacolod Police Office, the blood bank


Everything should be a form of prayer

We should do our best to overcome the usual tendency of ours to fall into some form of dichotomy, dividing our life mainly into 2 parts—one for prayer, our relation with God, and another for work, our involvement in the


Impound lots

How do you know you are approaching a police station or outpost in the Philippines? You know you are near a police outpost when you start seeing impounded vehicles, police vehicles and other equipment occupying the public property such as

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White Space hosts modern and contemporary art exhibit

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Chroma Artists, a new generation of Bacolod artists, opened a group exhibit featuring modern and contemporary artwork at the White Space Gallery at the Art District in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City on September 18 which will

SP special session requested for MassKara matters

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez requested the Sangguniang Panlungsod for a special session to be held today for the ratification of the memorandum of agreement between the city and the Bacolod Yuhum Foundation, Inc., and other

More NOCPPO police chiefs reshuffled

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Another wave of reshuffling of police commissioned officers assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office was implemented on September 27, as ordered by provincial police director PCol. Leo Pamittan, in compliance with the directives of

EB Magalona pavilion preps for MassKara

The E. B. Magalona Pavilion at the Panaad Park in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City is being spruced up in preparation for the “MassKara sa Panaad” slated October 10 to 16. Mayor Marvin Malacon said the Municipality of E. B. Magalona

Sales representative, companions robbed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A salesman and two of his companions were robbed at gunpoint on September 28 in Sitio Buta, Brgy, Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. Initial investigations of the Cauayan police showed that Arque Cuison, a sales representative of

Mask wearing still encouraged in MassKara festival

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN As everything is set for the launching of the 3-week long MassKara Festival, which will commence with the MassKara Kick-off Salubong on September 30 at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC), its organizers and the Provincial