THE Magnificent 7 led by vice mayoralty candidate Renecito Novero will hold its grand rally today, Friday, at 7 p.m. in Purok Malipayon, Barangay 35, Bacolod City.
The group is composed of reelectionist Councilors El Cid Familiaran, Archie Baribar, Sonya Verdeflor, and Elmer Sy, and businessmen Bobby Coscolluela and Hermino Lizares.
THE New Zealand government, thru the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars (NZAS) awards, offers full post-graduate scholarship to eligible Filipinos.
Reina Lino, NZAS Programme Administrator of Batu Balani Foundation, made the announcement Wednesday.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Regional Office and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) personnel seized assorted firearms and ammunitions during a raid Wednesday morning at the house of SPO1 Ricarido Rex Noble, the police said.
NBI regional director Manuel Almendares said that on April 8, 2013, they received a certification from the Firearms and Explosives Division of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame that Noble possesses unlicensed firearms.
PURSUANT to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Minute Resolution No. 13-0322, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) declared on Wednesday that it was ready to strictly implement the five-day liquor ban which is supposedly set to start today, May 9 until May 13.
BCPO spokesperson Supt. Armando Tubongbanua said during the press conference at the BCPO headquarters Wednesday that they will intensify its implementation to ensure peace and order a few days before and during the election.
THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas region is all set to deploy augmentation forces in the whole region to ensure clean, safe, and fair May 13 polls.
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., PRO regional director, said that out of 2,287 police personnel ready for deployment, 273 are coming from the Regional Headquarters/National Support Units (NSUs), 314 from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 6 (RPSB6), 35 Lateral Entry undergoing training, 420 new graduates of Scout, 269 undergoing schooling (Public Safety Senior Leadership Course and Public Safety Junior Leadership Course), 164 undergoing Public Safety Basic Recruit Course, 480 Field Trainees, 120 from Police Special Action Force and 212 excess from Bacolod City/Iloilo City Police Offices.
THE New People's Army (NPA) denied having anything to do with the letters threatening some candidates and their supporters in Moises Padilla town in central Negros Occidental from campaigning.
At the same time, the NPA assured Barangay 1 (Poblacion) councilman Agustin Grande that he and his group can campaign anytime and anywhere, assuring him that the NPA will not prevent them,
BACOLOD City Councilor Em Ang has authored a resolution urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to strictly implement the law which enables designated polling precincts for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens during the conduct of the election on May 13, 2013.
Ang was referring to Republic Act (R.A.) 10366, "An Act Authorizing the Comelec to Establish Precincts Assigned to Accessible Polling Places Exclusively for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens."
REELECTONIST Senator Koko Pimentel vowed on Tuesday that he will support socio-economic programs for sugar industry dependents, particularly skills training for children of sugarcane farm workers.
Once reelected, he said he will extend full support to measures which will benefit the sugar industry, in the same manner that he is strongly supporting the welfare of the coconut industry.
THIRD District Representative Albee Benitez said Tuesday that once he gets a second term in Congress, he will revisit the Social Amelioration Law for the sugar industry to raise more funds for socio-economic programs that will benefit the dependents of sugar industry workers.
Benitez made this intent in his address to the scholars-trainees of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters (NFSP) Livelihood and Technical Skills Training Center in Alijis, when he accompanied reelectionist Sen. Koko Pimentel during the senator’s visit to NFSP.
Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña warned provincial candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) for possible surveillance against them conducted by police officers belonging to the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional intelligence unit.
Peña made the statement following the raid in the Montilla ancestral house in barangay Ubay, Pulupandan last May 2, were firearms and ammunitions were seized.
REELECTIONIST Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said Tuesday that he and his "kasimanwa" former senator Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri can unite and work together for the good of the country and also of Negros Occidental and the city.
Pimentel was in Bacolod City Tuesday to touch base for the last time of the campaign period with his leaders, friends, and fellow candidates under the Team PNoy.
ABANG Lingkod party-list is still asking the voters, especially the Negrenses, to vote for the party because its name was already printed on the official ballots for the election.
This as Abang Lingkod first nominee Stephen Paduano aka Carapali Lualhati called the disqualification decision of Commission on Election (Comelec) which included their group as "unfair" and an "act of injustice" against them with barely a week before the elections.
PHILIP Arles, son of the late Judge Henry Arles, said Tuesday that they may re-file the murder charges against Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez, his son Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, and Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara.
Arles said they may re-file the charges before this week ends after they official received the copy of the resolution of the Department of Justice (DOJ) relative to his father’s murder.
THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) approved on third and final reading the ordinance naming the Vista Alegre-Granada Relocation Site as the “Progreso Village” during their last session.
The ordinance was authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government and Committee on Urban Planning and Development.
INDEPENDENT re-electionist congressman Anthony Golez, Jr. asked Tuesday his challengers - Mayor Evelio Leonardia, lawyer Lyndon Cana, and Eleserio Palma - to respect the people's choice in the coming election and more so the rule of law.
He said that whatever is the decision of the people of Bacolod in the coming polls, he will respect it.
THE City Government is processing the financial assistance to fire victims in Puroks Kawayan and Katilingaban in barangay Banago.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia however, warned the victims against their political opponents who might say they did not help them. But actually, it is just a matter of procedure because of the political season, he said.
All police units in Western Visayas will receive mobilization fund for the May 13 polls.
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Jr., director of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO), revealed that all police offices and stations are allocated with additional financial support to comply with the growing demands in police operations for SAFE (Secured and Fair Elections) 2013 campaign.
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the murder complaint against Nationalist People’s Coalition gubernatorial bet Genaro Alvarez, Jr., his son Ilog Mayor John Pul Alvarez, and Cauayan Vice-Mayor Jerry Tabujara for the killing of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles.
The dismissal was penned by the DOJ through Prosecutor General Claro Arellano based on the recommendation and approval of Prosecutor IV Vimar Barcellano and Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon on November 19, 2012.
STEPHEN Paduano aka Carapali Lualhati, number one nominee of Abang Lingkod Party List, said that their grand rally today will go on and they are hoping for reconsideration from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
He said that Comelec’s decision of disqualifying Abang Lingkod is unfair with barely a week before the people go to their respective precincts and vote.
THOUSANDS of supporters joined the caravan of re-electionist Negros Occidental fourth district Representative Jeffrey Ferrer during his birthday and miting de avance at a plaza at La Carlota City Monday.
Ferrer was joined by wife La Carlota City Mayor and lawyer Juliet Marie Ferrer and an estimated more than 20,000 of his supporters and leaders.
COMMISSION on Election (Comelec) commissioner Grace Padaca on Monday warned candidates and voters not to engage in vote buying or vote selling, as the penalty entails disqualification to vote and from running for an elective post plus imprisonment for six years.
Padaca told the Bacolod media over the phone that the Comelec en banc has discussed bigger measures against the prevalence of massive vote buying all over the country.
COMMISSION on Election (Comelec) commissioner Grace Padaca on Monday said that all election expenses are shouldered by the Comelec and not by the Local Government Unit (LGU).
She was surprised to hear that in Bacolod, there was a request of about P5.1 million from Bacolod election officer lawyer Milagros Villanueva to be used for election purpose which was sourced from LGU's election reserve.
BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia vehemently denied allegations that he plans to cheat during election.
He even dared Representative Anthony Rolando Golez Jr. Monday to produce Nicolas Enriquez because they want to know if he really exists or not.
MORE than 200 barangay officials have declared their full support to Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, mayoralty candidate of Grupo Progreso in the coming elections.
Last Friday, more than 30 barangay heads gathered together and declared their open and active support for the mayoralty bid of Sayson.
MAYOR Evelio Leonardia said they re-aligned P3 million from the P5.1 million fund for the plebiscite of Barangay Paglaum.
Leonardia said that barangay Paglaum convenors group was asking the city to allocate a budget for the plebicite so they can make a report to Comelec Manila in order that the plebicite will not be delayed.
A SAN Carlos City-based farmers’ cooperative cleared first district Representative Julio Ledesma IV of any wrong-doing in relation to the coop’s loan with the Philippine Sugar Corporation (Philsucor).
In the excerpts of the minutes of the meeting on April 29 of the Board of Directors of the Gamboa Hermanos Farmworkers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GHFMPC), the coop officers stressed that in the process of securing the Philsucor loan in 2007 to sustain the coop’s farming operations, Ledesma was not personally nor directly involved in the activities of the cooperative, considering that he is not a member.
NEGRENSE Tootsie Echauz Angara has asked her fellow Negrenses to vote for her husband Team PNoy senatorial bet Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara.
The couple was in Bacolod City Saturday for their campaign sorties in several barangays in Bacolod City.
NATIONALIST People’s Coalition (NPC) gubernatorial bet Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. and his runningmate Eugenio Lacson are backing the Sugarcane Industry Development Bill of third district Representative Albee Benitez in anticipation of the implementation of zero tariff on imported sugar under the Asean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) in 2015.
Both Alvarez and Lacson believe that the local sugar industry will be hard-pressed by the competition from cheaper, subsidized imported sugar so preparations have to be made.
RE-ELECTIONIST Negros Occidental fourth district Representative Jeffrey Ferrer of the United Negros Alliance (UNA) will hold a caravan and miting de avance on his birthday today, Monday.
This will be the longest caravan in the fourth district that will start at 2 p.m. in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City down to La Carlota City.
FOR more than a month since the vehicle of lawyer Lyndon Cana, congressional candidate in Bacolod City, bumped a Nissan Sedan owned by Carlou Castellano, the former has not yet settled the damages amounting to P16,000.
Castellano and his brother in-law Jay R Ferrer on Sunday demanded anew from Cana to settle the damage caused by his driver and his Fiera jeep when he bumped the Nissan Sentra (Sedan) parked at Tanguile St., Villamonte last April 9.