Negros lawmakers defend Aquino on FOI bill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:12 p.m.

LAWMAKERS from Negros Occidental defended President Benigno Aquino III from criticisms that the Chief Executive snubbed the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday.

Fourth district Representative Jeffrey Ferrer said the FOI bill is already in the committee level of the House of Representatives.

Aggressive campaign on ‘rugby boys’ pushed

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:12 p.m.

THE City Council urged the Bacolod City Police Office and the Department of Social Services and Development to implement a more aggressive campaign involving the "rugby boys" or solvent addicts especially those along Lacson Street fronting the Capitol Lagoon.

In a resolution authored by Councilor Em Ang, the City Council also urged the City Legal Office (CLO) Enforcement Unit to ensure the strict implementation of City Ordinance 328 on the use of rugby and other volatile substances.

Paduano slams Makabayan bloc for walkout

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:11 p.m.

ABANG Lingkod party-list Representative Stephen Paduano slammed his fellow lawmakers from the leftist Makabayan bloc for staging a walkout when President Benigno Aquino III was about to deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday.

"It was a disrespect to an institution they are serving," Paduano said.

Police to file cases vs 3 drug suspects

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:08 p.m.

CHARGES for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed today, Wednesday, by police before the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office against the three men who were arrested in simultaneous drug raids conducted by Police Station 2 Sunday.

Inspector Stephen Boniba, acting chief of Police Station 2, said Wednesday that those who will be charged are Remmel Besinan, 25, of Purok Santol, Barangay Mandalagan; Aljon Allen Pitogo, 21, Burgos Lopez-Jaena Street, Barangay Villamonte; and Remil Saldua, 20, Purok Kagaykay, Barangay 2.

Lawmaker to double NOCHP coverage in third district

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:07 p.m.

THIRD district Representative Alfredo Benitez said he is eyeing to double the number of indigent families in his area of jurisdiction who will be covered by the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP).

At present, third district has the highest coverage of NOCHP in the province with 34,000 individuals who are beneficiaries and card holders.

Councilor seeks clarification from NHCP

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 02:07 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has sought clarification from National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Serena Diokno whether she indeed issued an order to demolish the replica of the Bacolod City Government situated at the city's public plaza.

He said there have been reports that her office issued a directive to demolish the said structure as claimed by Mayor Monico Puentevella.

Capitol 'has strong case' vs SM Prime

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:05 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. believes that the Province will win anew in the nullification case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) pertaining to the Capitol's 7.7-hectare land deal with Ayala Land Inc. (ALI).

"We have a strong case against SM Prime," Marañon said.

Police told to double efforts vs illegal drugs

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:04 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is intensifying its intelligence monitoring in different barangays to neutralize the continued illegal drug operations in the city.

The move came after a man believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs beheaded his own mother in Purok Villa Esperanza, Barangay Tangub last week.

Lawmaker sees passage of Sugarcane Bill this year

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:03 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental third district Representative Alfredo Benitez said on Monday that he sees the passage of the Sugarcane Bill before the year ends.

Benitez, who is sponsor of the proposed measure, said the House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill on third and final reading in August this year.

2 lawmakers file bills on INC centenary

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:01 p.m.

BACOLOD City lone district Representative Evelio Leonardia and Negros Occidental third district Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez have filed their respective House resolutions relative to the centennial celebration of Iglesia ni Cristo.

Leonardia, in his Resolution 12, sought a joint resolution declaring July 27, 2014 as a special non-working holiday to commemorate the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo.

Militant groups call for Aquino's ouster

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 01:00 p.m.

AT LEAST 500 members of militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and its allied organizations held Monday a protest rally at the Bacolod public plaza in time for President Benigno Aquino III's fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Bayan-Negros secretary general Christian Tuayon and Kilusang MU spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente urged the public to support the removal from the office of Aquino through impeachment.

Aquino’s speech shows ‘sincerity’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

QUEZON CITY -- Lawmakers from Negros Occidental are one in saying that the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday (July 28) showed sincerity and was full of emotions.

Tesda scholar starring in President’s Sona

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:14 p.m.

A FORMER jeepney barker, who is now a supervisor at business process outsourcing firm PanAsiatic Solutions in Bacolod City, has credited the Training-for-Work Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for his success.

"If Tesda is not there to help out, siguro wala rin ako ngayon kung nasaan man ako ngayon. 'Yung way of living namin, masasabi kong mas okay siya compared noong dati," said Mark Joseph Escora, a 25-year-old polio victim who was trained at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center.

NegOcc lawmakers to vote vs Aquino impeachment

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:13 p.m.

QUEZON CITY -- Legislators from Negros Occidental assured President Benigno Aquino IIII of their support, as they declared they will vote against his impeachment.

This was revealed Monday by third district Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, who along with 33 other members of the Visayas bloc, wore a yellow ribbon as a show of support to Aquino during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) before the joint session of the House of Senate and the House of Representatives at the Batasang Pambansa here.

Police, Army go on full alert today

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:41 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) go on full alert today, July 28, to maintain the peace and order in the city as militant groups are expected to hold protests during President Benigno S. Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) this afternoon.

Aquino expected to still defend DAP

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

LOCAL officials and leaders of various sectors in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City expect President Benigno S. Aquino III will defend anew the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) before the joint session of Congress today, July 28.

Prayer vigil set tonight

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:39 p.m.

THE Diocese of Bacolod led by Bishop Vicente Navarra will conduct a Prayer Vigil for Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Public Service after the 6 p.m. mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral tonight.

Mayor: Muslim community in Bacolod vital to growth

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:39 p.m.

WITH the Muslim community all over the world celebrating the Eid’l Fitr, or the Feast of Breaking the Fast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Mayor Monico Puentevella said that Bacolod City is one with them in their celebration.

Bacolod to clear canals, waterways

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 02:38 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella is seeking the authority of the City Council to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fully implement the City’s Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program.

‘Support for PNoy’

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 04:26 p.m.

OFFICIALS of Negros Occidental led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson signed a manifesto of support for President Benigno S. Aquino III amid the controversy on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) hounding his administration.

Blood donation proposed as fine for traffic violation

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 04:26 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor El Cid Familiaran has proposed an ordinance that will require traffic violators to donate blood instead of paying fines.

Bacolod crime rate down 40% in June

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 04:25 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) reported a 40.3 percent decrease in crime volume in June, with only 4,700 incidents reported compared to the rate during the same period last year.

NFA sets up additional Bigasang Bayan outlets

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 04:25 p.m.

NATIONAL Food Authority (NFA) Provincial Manager Procopio Trabajo III revealed that they have set up additional Bigasang Bayan outlets for NFA rice in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

Man beheads ma

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:38 p.m.

A MAN believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs allegedly beheaded his own mother inside their house at Purok Villa Esperanza, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Thursday morning.

Strong winds down 163 houses

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:37 p.m.

STRONG winds and heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon (habagat) downed 163 houses in three coastal towns in southern Negros Occidental earlier this week.

Hall of Justice employees wear red to protest vs BIR

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:36 p.m.

AFTER wearing black in support of the Supreme Court over the issue on Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for two consecutive Mondays, court employees at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City wore red yesterday in protest of Revenue Order (RO) No. 23-2014 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Department of Finance.

Group to demand PNoy’s resignation during Sona

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:33 p.m.

MILITANT group Bayan-Negros will hold a protest rally at the Bacolod plaza in time for the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday, July 28.

Security guard shot to death in Silay City

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

A SECURITY guard was shot to death in his post at Prince Hypermart, Rizal Street in Barangay 1, Silay City Thursday morning.

Call center agent facing gun raps

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

CHARGES for violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition) was filed by the police Thursay before the City Prosecutor’s Office against a call center agent who was arrested at Magsaysay Avenue in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon.

45-day re-routing takes effect

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 02:08 p.m.

THE 45-day experimental traffic re-routing in Bacolod City took effect Wednesday to ease traffic congestion in the city, especially at the downtown area.

Affected routes are Sta. Fe-Central Market, San Dionisio-Central Market, Villamonte-Central Market, Eroreco-Central Market, Alijis-Central Market, Mansilingan-Central Market, Fortune Town-Central Market, Singcang-Airport-Central Market, Tangub (Proper)-Central Market, Tangub (Highway)-Central Market, Punta Taytay-Central Market, and Banago-Libertad.

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