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Pumpboat capsizes, 9 passengers rescued

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Nine passengers of a capsized pump boat were rescued within the territorial waters of EB Magalona in Negros Occidental, on February 4. The pump boat of nine individuals, seven of which are residents of Manapla, Negros


Minor, 2 others found dead in Candoni

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A minor and two others were found dead on Saturday in Sitio Buyong, Brgy. Cabia-an, Candoni, Negros Occidental. Two of the victims were identified by the police as Analie Emaray, 44, and Edmund Castro, 45. The


3 rebels killed in gun battles, 258 families evacuate

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three suspected New People’s Army rebels died, while 258 families fled their homes, following two successive encounters in Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, on February 4 and 5. Capt. Mervin Rosal, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil


DSB ‘peacekeepers’ honored

Retired Brig Gen. Lyndon Sollesta (2nd from left) and other military awardees, being honored by the local govt of Don Salvador Benedicto, led by Mayor Laurence Marxlen dela Cruz, during the town’s 40th founding anniversary on Friday night, in recognition of their services rendered to its residents, almost 4 decades ago.* GPB photo


P3.4M in shabu seized

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated an estimated half a kilo of suspected shabu with a street market value of P3.4 million, from an arrested drug suspect on February 4, in Brgy. 10, Bacolod


Degamo’s NIR proposal elicits counter offer

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The proposal of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo to create a third Negros Island province, in order for him to agree to the creation of the Negros Island Region, elicited a counter proposal from San Carlos


Power Watch slams CENECO salary increases

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Power Watch Negros, a consumer rights advocates group, expressed its strong disapproval to the recent implementation of excessive salary increases that will benefit about 80 supervisors and confidential employees of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO). The


‘Thumbs up’ for WV police performance

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN The people of Western Visayas are very satisfied with the performance of the police in the region for the 1st and 2nd Semester 2022, according to a Web-Based Online Survey conducted by the Regional Community Affairs

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The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. It commemorates that time when Mary and Joseph simply followed the law of the time to present the first-born to God for his consecration. (cfr. Lk 2,22-32) There was

Victorias City kick starts digital transformation

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Victorias City continues to pioneer ICT innovations in Negros Occidental and Western Visayas, with its launching of Sidlak City Digital Network Assets and Project VECTOR at Don Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña Arts and Cultural Center on

Isabela investigates Treasurer’s Office missing cash

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Isabela Mayor Irene Montilla yesterday said that whoever is responsible for the loss of money, amounting to P2.6 million in cash and P3.8 million in checks, which was reported missing by former municipal treasurer Nenette Escarda,

Colors of Dinagsa returns

• ROGER D. BELTRAN It was indeed, a vibrant day in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, during the return of the much-awaited “Lamhitanay sa Dalan” as the city celebrated its 49th Dinagsa Festival after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19

Planters call for reduced sugar importation volume

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three planters’ federations are united in calling for the reduction in the volume of sugar importation to 350,000 metric tons, intended to serve as a two-month buffer stock of the commodity. This was in contrary to

Parking problem

I remember a time when, as a carbrain, I used to strongly advocate for more parking spaces in our towns and cities. It still makes sense, if you come to think of it, because for those of us who live