NEGROS Occidental Police Office (Noppo) chief Celestino Guara said the New People's Army (NPA) rebels attempted to rescue their top leader including other rebel members who were nabbed in Barangay Dancalan, Ilog last week.
The rebels were arrested during a checkpoint in the said barangay in relation to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban.
VICE gubernatorial bet Eugenio Lacson reiterates his stand with his running mate Vice Governor Lim-ao Alvarez that they are against loan.
Lacson invoked that the resources of the Provincial Government is actually sufficient to deliver health services that includes construction of hospitals and building of classrooms that can directly benefit the people.
THE Metrowaste Solidwaste Management Corporation operations manager Manuel Baal said Wednesday that they are improving on their work performance in the collection of garbage in the city of Bacolod.
He said that they are still on the familiarization stage and need to adjust more. He appealed to the public for understanding because they are doing their best to normalize and attain efficiency in their work.
SENIOR Inspector Edfiel Balibadlan, the relieved police chief of Pulupandan Police Office, will be facing administrative charges for Serious Irregularity in the Performance of Duty, a police official said Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Celestino Guara, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo), said the charges are in line with the presence of Balibadlan and two other police officers when Mayor Magdaleno Peña arrived at the Provincial Capitol for his debate and boxing match challenge against Atty. Jose Maria Valencia.
BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the City Council Committee Chair on Laws and Good Government, said that Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Center should be fair to all businesses in the city that comply with the requirement of a business permit before they operate at the Bacolod Reclamation Area.
He said the city is assisting Baywalk on their needs for permits but as they still process their permits, they need to voluntarily close down.
STEPHEN Paduano alias “Carapali Lualhati,” former National Chair of the Revolutionary Proletarian Armg-Alex Bongcayao Brigade (RPA- ABB), revealed the ongoing transformation conference held by his former comrades.
Paduano has already resigned from the RPA-ABB after he decided to join in the political system of the country. He is now the number one nominee of 136 Abang Lingkod Party-list group.
THE Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) Grupo Progreso is eyeing a landslide victory in the coming May 13, 2013 polls.
Re-electionist Councilor Caesar Distrito made the declaration who considered himself as the lawyer of the poor.
AS THE country celebrated the “Araw Ng Kagitingan” or National Heroes Day on Tuesday, war veterans asked for a raise of P2,000 to P5,000 in their monthly pension.
A wreath-laying program was held Tuesday at the Monument of the Unknown Soldiers at the Bacolod City Public Plaza to honor the heroes of World War II. The event was attended by the veterans who were also given the honors during the celebration.
THE 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival formally opened Monday with around 10,000 Negrenses and visitors, including a 32-man contingent from Korea at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. formally opened the “festival of all festivals” in Negros.
VICE Governor Genaro Alvarez denied that his camp is employing politics even in the celebration of the Panaad sa Negros Festival that opened on Monday at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Alvarez said that he sent on his behalf his daughter, Sixth District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, who gave the opening message during the opening ceremonies.
PULUPANDAN Mayor Magdaleno Peña on Monday said that he welcomes the assignment of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Provincial Safety Company personnel in Pulupandan in lieu of the previous police personnel assigned in the town.
“It is usually a standard operating procedure during election period,” said Peña in a statement Monday.
PROVINCIAL BOARD Member Salvador Escalante sees the passage of the 2013 provincial budget after the May 13 elections.
“We may see the budget approval after the May elections. How I wish I am wrong this time. That is my fearless forecast,” said Escalante, a re-electionist under the United Negros Alliance headed by the tandem of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Dr. Melvin Ibañez, concurrent SP Member representing the Fifth District.
BOARD Member Melvin Ibañez of the Fifth District on Monday defended the need for the Provincial Government to avail of loans for its flagship programs that will redound to the benefit of most number of Negrenses.
Ibañez, runningmate of re-electionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. under the United Negros Alliance, justified the ongoing construction, expansion and modernization of district hospitals and building of more classrooms using approved loans because they are the right investment.
PAMILYA MKK’s Monico Puentevella-Vladimir Gonzalez tandem vowed to provide more scholarship grants to deserving students as the party outlined its priority agenda for education when it held its nightly sorties in Barangays Pahanocoy and Punta Taytay late last week.
Speaking before jam-packed crowds in separate events, the standard bearer of the Pamilya Magbinuligay Kita sa Kauswagan (MKK) stressed the value of education, especially among young Bacolenos.
THE management of Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place has asked the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government of the Bacolod City Council for a 90-day extension to make the necessary compliance and to remedy the defect/s on their permit to operate.
Baywalk, through its legal counsel lawyer Dennis Cortes wrote Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia on April 2, 2013, that they have obtained beforehand the necessary mayor’s permit.
VICE Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson clarifi1ed that he did not issue a gag order to the late Sanggunian Secretary Atty. Nilo Alejandrino as claimed by the camp of his opponent MKK mayoralty bet Monico Puentevilla regarding an Ombudsman case.
He said they have misled the public since the Ombudsman has directed both parties to submit their verified position papers and was not about a gag order.
SUPPORT for United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Jack Enrile crosses political party lines, as Liberal Party (LP) provincial chairman Representative Albee Benitez threw his all-out support for him during a campaign sortie at Murcia last Saturday.
ABUNDANT Marketing located in Narra Extention, Hervias 1, Bacolod City, was attacked by about five suspects who introduced themselves to be New People's Army (NPA) members in another broad daylight robbery incident last Saturday.
Helen Uy, owner of Abundant Marketing, said the suspects arrived at her store on board a tricycle around 8 a.m. of Saturday. The suspects, who were carrying short firearms, entered the corn and soybean store and introduced themselves to be customers.
THIRD district Representative Albee Benitez said he was able to implement more than P2 billion worth of various infrastructure projects, which are probably the biggest budget in the entire Western Visayas.
"I came in middle part of 2010. I implemented more or less P60-P100 million, P200 million in 2011, P400 million in 2012 and P800 million in 2013," he said.
THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is filing a petition for wage increase for this year.
Roland dela Cruz, of TUCP, said they are now preparing the final draft of their wage petition to be filed before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Western Visayas.
THE Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas has directed Bacolod City Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson to explain in 10 days why he issued a gag order prohibiting former City Council secretary Nilo Alejandrino from entering the council’s premises.
MAYOR Evelio Leonardia will pass to the City Legal Office (CLO) Councilor Caesar Distrito’s recommendation to temporarily close down the operation of Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place at the Reclamation Area while Baywalk processes its new business permit.
Leonardia said he wants the CLO to take one more look on the matter. "We do not assume that their action is necessarily automatic on our part."
A SUSPECTED top ranking leader of the New People's Army (NPA) in southern Negros was arrested after being intercepted in a joint police, military and Comelec checkpoint at 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Major Ray Tiongson, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, identified the NPA leader as Reniel Cellon, alias Kumpol/Gogo/Randy/Niel.
REELECTIONIST Senator Gringo Honasan said he is banking on his 15-year record in lawmaking to secure another term at the Senate.
He issued the statement when he visited Negros and paid a courtesy visit to Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra.
SENIOR Superintendent Celestino Guara, acting Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial director, said he is ready to be relieved from his post if someone orders for it.
He said that as a police official, it is normal for them not to stay forever in their assignment. He was appointed only on a caretaker capacity at the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (Noppo).
BACOLOD Bishop Vicente Navarra reminded candidates in the coming May elections to maintain peace and order while campaigning.
The bishop also appealed to the candidates to respect human life so that they could achieve what they aspire for.
COLONEL Jon Aying assumed his post Friday as the new commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, replacing Colonel Oscar Lactao in turnover ceremonies administered by Major General Jose Mabanta, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division.
Aying, a classmate of Lactao in the Philippine Military Academy Class 1984 and formerly the deputy commander of the 303rd IB, has been assigned in Negros before as commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion.
INDEPENDENT senatorial candidate Edward Hagedorn visited on Friday Negros Occidental, the province that voted heavily in making Puerte Princesa as among the seven wonders of nature.
Hagedron is running for Senate as he has been mayor of Puerto Princesa for almost two decades. He said that for that span of years, they have accomplished many things that have become a byword in other local government units (LGUs).
ACTING Bacolod election officer Salud Milagros Villanueva spearheaded a demonstration of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and voters' education at SM City Bacolod on Friday.
She said they have just finished the PCOS training of technicians and election supervisors and practically, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Bacolod and Negros is ready to conduct the elections once the machines have been delivered.
LAWYER Wil Arceno, Negros Occidental Provincial Comelec supervisor, said he sees no reason at this time to declare and put the province under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
"When you put a certain area under Comelec control, that connotes a different situation already," Arceno said.