Soldier, rebel killed in Bais City clash

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 06:35 p.m.

A PHILIPPINE Army soldier and a suspected member of the New People’s Army (NPA) died in an encounter Friday morning in Bais City, Negros Oriental.

A report from the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army said troopers of the 79th Infantry Battalion engaged at least 15 armed men believed NPA members of the Komiteng Rehiyon Sentral Bisayas-South East Front (SEF) around 10 a.m. Friday at the remote Sitio Sandana in Barangay Mansangaban.

Dog vaccination in NegOcc reaches 30 percent - PVO

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 06:34 p.m.

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) revealed that 30 percent of the total dog population in the province is already vaccinated.

There are about 219,000 dogs in Negros Occidental, and 30 percent of the figure is about 65,700.

Silay commemorates Battle of Patag

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 06:33 p.m.

THE City Government of Silay in Negros Occidental led Friday the commemoration of the Battle of Patag and the Philippine-American-Japan Friendship Day at the Ecotourism Area in the upland village of Patag.

The event, also joined by the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, was participated by war veterans, students, and local officials.

Escarilla told to intensify drive vs illegal gambling

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 06:32 p.m.

CHIEF Supt. Josephus Angan, director of Western Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO), yesterday directed Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), to double his efforts in the campaign against illegal gambling.

“He should double time to apprehend those who are involved in illegal gambling because this is one of my marching orders to all the provincial and city directors in Western Visayas,” Angan said.

‘May good come out of this tragedy’

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:09 p.m.

THEIR hearts bleed but the family of hazing victim Guillo Cesar Servando remains optimistic that all things will work together for good.

"May good come out of this tragedy," the victim's uncle, Bro. Antonio Cesar Servando, vice chancellor for administration of the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod, said in a text message to the media yesterday.

Leonardia: Puentevella covers up failures of his admin

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:08 p.m.

BACOLOD City Representative Evelio Leonardia assailed the State of the City Address (Soca) delivered by Mayor Monico Puentevella Tuesday, saying it was “a long-winded excuse and cover-up for the failures of his administration.”

In a press statement, Leonardia, the former city mayor, said Puentevella has nothing to show as his accomplishment.

PHO has limited vaccines for rabies

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:08 p.m.

NEGRENSES were warned anew by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) about the dangers of rabies from dog bites as PHO chief Dr. Ernell Tumimbang disclosed that they have only limited supply of anti-rabies vaccines.

Tumimbang said the Department of Health (DOH) has been addressing the problem on rabies by providing anti-rabies vaccines for dogs and for patients who are bitten by dogs.

Office of Governor under renovation

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:07 p.m.

THE Office of Governor at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City is under renovation while the governor is on official travel to Ibaraki, Japan.

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, presiding officer pro-tempore, is acting governor until today.

HRVCB: Claimants will have equitable share in P10-B fund

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:07 p.m.

THE Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) chaired by retired general Lina Sarmiento will equitably divide the P10-billion fund for the claimants who were either tortured, harassed, abused and even died during the regime of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Sarmiento came to Bacolod with HRVCB Board Member Jose Luis Martin Gascon to receive applications for claims on July 3 and 4.

AVM slaughterhouse to put counter markings on meat

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:06 p.m.

AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse, operator of the Bacolod City abattoir in Barangay Handumanan, will now put counter or double markings on all meat products processed in their facility, plant manager Glorydee Cometa said.

Cometa said she sent a letter Dra. Agueda Trinidad de la Torre, city veterinarian, to inform the City Veterinary Office about their move.

Puentevella trumpets changes, bares plans

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:06 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella gave Bacolodnons on Wednesday a rundown of the “significant changes” initiated by his administration in the past 12 months as he bared his plans for the city in the next two years.

Sinkhole found in Kabankalan

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:05 p.m.

KABANKALAN City Mayor Isidro Zayco confirmed on Wednesday that he has requested the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to conduct an investigation on the existence of a sinkhole at the plaza of Sitio Jalandoni in Barangay Oringao.

‘SM Prime bullying Capitol’

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:05 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao accused property giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) of bullying and putting pressure on the Capitol as evidenced in the series of cases it filed against the Provincial Government pertaining to its 7.7-hectare land deal with Ayala Land Inc. (ALI).

No budget for port of Banago unless PPA assures people's welfare

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:04 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez (Third District) assured the residents of Barangay Banago in Bacolod City on Wednesday that Congress will not approve a budget for the expansion of Banago Port unless the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) puts in place concrete plans for the relocation of informal settlers.

Fire hits business office

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 03:04 p.m.

A FIRE razed a business office at Gonzaga Subdivision, Burgos Extension, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City Tuesday evening, causing an estimated P300,000 worth of damage, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.

No injuries were reported.

Aquino asks frats: Put end to hazing

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 04:06 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged the elderly members of different fraternity groups on Tuesday to stop hazing following the death of a college student allegedly after undergoing hazing rites.

Paduano: I'll debate with Ka Frank if he’s still alive

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

REPRESENTATIVE Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod party-list challenged former priest and National Democratic Front (NDF) spokesperson Frank Fernandez to a radio debate that is, if he is still alive.

Cop nabbed for guns, drugs

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

A POLICEMAN was arrested for illegal possession of drugs and firearms inside a videoke bar and a beer house at Bangga Dan, Victorias City on Tuesday morning.

Mayor’s performance rated as satisfactory

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 04:04 p.m.

THE performance of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has been rated as satisfactory by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) as he delivers his State of the City Address (Soca) on Wednesday afternoon.

Capitol asks court for extension to answer petition of SM Prime

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 04:03 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday that they asked for extension from the court in filing an answer on the new nullification case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) against him and other provincial officials and department heads.

Lawyer: Gov’t-run port to cause unfair competition to Bredco

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

BACOLOD Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) lawyer Roseller Maalat said Tuesday that running a government or public port at Barangay Banago will cause unfair competition to privately-run Bredco port.

Construction worker falls off bridge, dies

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

A CONSTRUCTION worker died when he fell from the bridge in Bangga Alit, Zone 4, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City Tuesday morning.

Police identified the victim as Junie Rizardo, 25, construction worker and resident of Barangay Mansilingan.

Dog deaths due to vaccination reported

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:15 a.m.

DEATHS of dogs vaccinated for rabies were reported in a village of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.

Some residents of Barangay Madalag said their dogs got ill after getting vaccination.

NegOcc LGUs fail to meet targets on blood donation

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:15 a.m.

SOME towns and cities in Negros Occidental failed to meet their targets on Mobile Blood Donation (MBD), said Second District Board Member Miller Serondo, chairman of the committee on health.

As Carp expires, DAR faces massive court cases for NOCs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:14 a.m.

FORMER Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluella, national president of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Association (Confed), said that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) faces massive court cases for the publication of the Notice of Coverage (NOC) for land distribution which was done in a hurry.

Bacolod police to address presence of minors in ‘wet and wild’ events

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:13 a.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is planning to address the involvement of minors in “wet and wild” parties in the city.

‘Physical harm should be avoided in frat initiation’

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:13 a.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor El Cid Familiaran, chairman of the committee on police matters of the City Council, said on Monday that physical harm should be avoided in fraternity initiation rites.

All set for ‘Ulat ni Monico’

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:13 a.m.

IT’S all set for the State of the City Address (Soca) or "Ulat ni Monico" of Bacolod City Mayor Puentevella tomorrow, July 2, in time for his 68th birthday to be held at the grand lobby of the Bacolod Government Center or the People’s House.

Police station chiefs told to maintain cleanliness

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:12 a.m.

SENIOR Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), ordered on Monday all the station commanders to keep their police stations clean especially the restrooms and the lock-up cells.

‘Ceneco has good financial standing’

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:38 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) is in good financial standing, and has no intention to charge the systems losses to the consumers, its officials said.

The systems losses won't be passed on to the consumers, said its board president Arnel Lapore at Ceneco’s 39th Annual General Membership Assembly at the West Negros University Gymnasium Saturday.

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