ACTING Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) chief Senior Supt. Ricardo De la Paz vowed to investigate the alleged jai alai immunity card, which exempts the bearer from apprehension by the local police.
ALTHOUGH Negros Occidental was not among the 19 provinces placed under alert level 2 after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan Friday, some officials appealed to residents, especially those living along coastal areas, to avoid going to sea.
This developed as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), in Tsunami Bulletin 3 issued 11:30 p.m., already cancelled the alert status, saying that “current trend of observed wave heights suggests that the threat of a hazardous tsunami has passed.”
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has ordered an assessment on operations conducted for the manhunt of Silay City massacre suspect, former village chief Noel Ayalin.
This as the three-day ultimatum the governor gave the police to arrest Ayalin ended Friday with the suspect still at large.
ALL the 31 police chiefs in the province reported to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) Friday for the culmination of their one-week enhancement seminar.
The police chiefs from the 12 cities and 19 municipalities underwent a one-week enhancement seminar at the Governor’s Hall since March 2.
SAN Juan lone district Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito got the support of the Youth Council Federation presidents in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, on his youth council reform bill.
Ejercito said the proposal aims to strengthen and reform the youth council, adding that the 1987 Constitution recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation building.
THE Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital Employees Union will file a notice of strike at 2:15 p.m. Saturday before the office of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) reportedly on grounds of unfair labor due to union busting.
Roberto Villaram, president of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital Employees Union, said in a statement that “in as much as we are willing to deliver quality health care to hospital patient and clients, the management forced us to file a notice of strike due to management’s union busting moves.”
THE Bacolod Traffic Management Unit (TMU) will implement a one-way traffic scheme along Barangays Mandalagan and Bata once the construction of the first Bacolod flyover at the Bata-Pepsi intersection starts.
TMU head Police Chief Inspector Levy Pangue said Friday they are still waiting for an advice from the Department of Public Works and Highways before the one-way traffic scheme would be imposed, where vehicles coming from the north have to use the San Juan and Banago area to ease traffic congestion.
SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada graced Friday the blessing and inauguration of the Culinary Arts building at Sum-ag National High School, which he funded for P2 million.
Estrada came to Bacolod with his brother, San Juan Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito, former Agusan del Sur representative Ompong Plaza, former senatoriable Jun Lozada and several other personalities.
THE body of a construction worker already under a state of decomposition was found Thursday evening inside his residence at Purok San Roque, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.
Station 8 commander Police Chief Inspector Danilo Francisco said the victim was discovered and positively identified as Felix Belleza, 38, by his niece at about 7:45 p.m.
THE Bacolod Traffic and Management Unit (TMU) will start apprehending drivers of tricycles and public utility vehicles (PUVs) plying different streets of Bacolod without permit to operate.
Chief Inspector Levy Pangue, TMU head, on Thursday said that starting Monday, March 14, drivers of PUVs and tricycles who failed to secure business permits from the City Mayor's Office will be arrested.
THE Negros Occidental Provincial Board plans to pass a resolution asking the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to temporarily suspend the 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on oil products.
Fifth district Board Member Dino Yulo, author of the proposed resolution, said this is one of the solutions to the continuing hikes in the prices of petroleum products.
A MEMORANDUM of agreement (MOA) on the installation of an automated rain gauge facility that will monitor rainfall in the host village and nearby communities was signed recently.
The facility is part of the two-year project funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa).
SAN JUAN Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito will be in Bacolod City Friday to consult the youths on his proposed Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) reform bill.
SCHOOL uniforms or toga will do as graduation outfit for graduating students and pupils during the graduation rites for public schools.
BACOLOD City plays host to the 1st Nego Franchise Expo 2011 in Western Visayas that started Thursday and will run until March 13 at the SM Bacolod Event Center.
BACOLOD CITY -- Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. offered Wednesday P100,000 for the immediate arrest of massacre suspect Noel Ayalin, former captain of Barangay Kapitan Ramon, Silay City.
BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, along with City Council members, joined the march of city mayors from all over the country to file the motion for reconsideration on the recent Supreme Court (SC) decision approving the conversion of 16 towns into cities.
Caesar Distrito, Em Ang, Al Victor Espino, Mona Dia Jardin, Bobby Rojas, Elmer Sy, Elcid Familiaran, Catalino Alisbo and Sonya Verdeflor were among those Bacolod City councilors who joined the march from Luneta to the SC.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. said another investor has signified its intention to put up a natural gas plant in the province.
The company is a subsidiary of Philinvest Corp, he said, adding that the potential investor is looking for a feasible site for its plant and that the ideal location will be near the existing grid.
EIGHT junior officers from Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas assumed Wednesday as deputy commanders in the different police stations under Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
BCPO officer-in-charge Ricardo De la Paz said the assumption into office of eight junior officers was in response to his earlier request to the PRO.
A SNATCHER was arrested Wednesday morning after he victimized a 16-year-old female who was riding a public utility jeepney along Lopez-Jaena Streets, Bacolod.
NEGROS Occidental fourth district Representative Jeffrey Ferrer pushed for mandatory drug testing of policemen and soldiers in the country amid reports involving some of them to illegal drug activity.
The lead agency in implementing the program will be the Department of Health, he said.
SILAY City Mayor Jose Montelibano clarified that he has not issued any firearm to any civilian.
He said he even recalled all firearms issued to civilians by former Mayor Carlo Gamban and donated them to the Philippine National Police.
MEMBERS of Gabriela-Negros, Karapatan-Negros, Bayan-Negros, League of Filipino Students (LFS), Anakbayan Party and other progressive organizations staged a rally to celebrate the International Working Women's Day at Bacolod Public Plaza on Tuesday.
The celebration is a nationwide action to commemorate the struggle and sacrifices of women during the 18th century industrial revolution in Europe, United States of America and other part of western countries where women led the revolution and fight for equal rights.
A Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) trainee at the military camp in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia allegedly died due to rigid training.
Moises Padilla Councilor Marvin Tan identified the Cafgu trainee as Julie Bee Ordeñez, 30, and a resident of Moises Padilla.
BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito filed a resolution supporting the opposition of the League of Cities of the Philippines on the recent Supreme Court ruling converting 16 municipalities into cities.
CITY Councilor Em Ang, chairman of the City Council committee on social services and committee on gender and development (GAD), filed a resolution to strengthen livelihood programs and trainings to depressed communities in Bacolod City.
BACOLOD CITY -- Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has given the local police three days to arrest Noel Ayalin, the suspect in the massacre of four village officials in Negros Occidental last Sunday.
The governor’s order came a day after Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the Western Visayas police to hunt down Ayalin, who went on a shooting spree inside the council hall of Kapitan Ramon village in Silay City.
THE League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) will appeal the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the 16 new cities, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia said on Monday.
“The process of filing the motion for reconsideration is to ventilate, articulate and crystallize issues affecting city government administration, and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto,” he said.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Police Office (Noppo) Director Allan Guisihan said the new assignments of the chiefs of police (COPs) who were relieved last March 1 will be out March 16. He said COPs who have just served in their respective stations from two weeks to one month will be assigned back to the police stations in Sipalay City, San Enrique, Hinobaan, Victorias and Valladolid.
THE regulation on the use of plastics and styrofoams now concerns many private organizations. Bacolod Councilor Em Ang even proposed a resolution which will regulate and ban the use of plastics and styros in the city.