Baciwa workers hold prayer rites

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:33 p.m.

EMPLOYEES of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) held a prayer vigil Friday night as a show of support to embattled general manager Juliana Carbon who was placed under a 30-day preventive suspension by way of a Board resolution.

Arles son asks DOJ to hasten resolution on pa’s murder case

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:32 p.m.

THE son of the late Kabankalan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Henry Arles is asking the Department of Justice to hasten the resolution of the complaint they filed against the suspects behind the killing of his father.

Philip Arles said that the DOJ is unfair in the treatment of cases brought before their office.

Driver dies, 2 injured in 5-vehicle accident

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:31 p.m.

A MOTORCYCLE driver was killed while two others were injured in a road accident involving five vehicles at Margarita Street, Eroreco Subdivision in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City Friday morning.

Police identified the fatality as Mario Placencia, 39, of La Salle Avenue, Barangay Villamonte.

Rebel killed, Army official hurt in Escalante City clash

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.

A MEMBER of the New People’s Army (NPA) died while a trooper of the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion was wounded during a clash dawn Friday at Barangay Dian-ay in the northern city of Escalante in Negros Occidental, a military report said.

The identity of the slain rebel was not known yet as of Friday.

‘Coup vs. PNoy won’t prosper’

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 02:30 p.m.

REPRESENTATIVE Gary Alejano of Samahan ng Magdalo party-list said he believes that the reported coup d’ etat being plotted against the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III will not prosper.

Alejano, a former Marine captain who was one of the Oakwood mutineers more than a decade ago against the Arroyo administration, said on Thursday that any attempt to oust Aquino will not happen if there is no participation from soldiers in active service.

Negros vice guvs meet today

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 02:29 p.m.

THE vice governors of the two Negros provinces are scheduled to meet today to possibly discuss the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region.

This was confirmed on Thursday by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. as he revealed that Vice Governors Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental and Edward Mark Macias of Negros Oriental will meet today for lunch.

Capture Escalante City rob suspects, NBI told

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 02:27 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to go after the suspects of the P2-million robbery at the Treasurer's Office of the Escalante City Hall.

The culprits must be arrested and should be criminally charge, Marañon said.

‘SC resurrects civil case vs. Leonardia on BGC’

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 02:26 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has resurrected the issue on the alleged questionable construction and site development of the Bacolod Government Center undertaken by Hilmarcs Construction Corporation during the term of former Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Murcia ambulance driver, 2 others hurt in mishap

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 02:25 p.m.

A DRIVER of Murcia town ambulance and his two passengers, including a patient, were injured when their vehicle overturned after hitting three taxi cabs along Rizal-Lacson Streets in Bacolod City Thursday morning.

NBI starts probe on P2-M robbery

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:12 p.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bacolod has started its investigation into the P2-milion robbery inside Escalante City Hall’s Treasurer's Office.

The NBI is acting on a resolution passed by the Provincial Board asking the agency to conduct an investigation to determine the real culprit behind the robbery of government funds.

Streetlights installation set in September

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito said Wednesday that the installation of the streetlights at the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR) is set to start in September this year.

Distrito said the P40-million worth streetlighting project is important since it will address the prevalence of stone-throwing and hold-up incidents in the area.

Mayor asked to convene OFW coordinating body

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to convene the Overseas Contract Worker (OFW) Coordinating Council created under City Ordinance No. 553.

The body will be created to address the concerns of the city’s OFWs and their families amid the crisis in Ukraine and the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the aftermath of these events.

Bacolod SP honors late Severo Palanca

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

THE Ciy Council of Bacolod has passed a resolution honoring the contribution and legacy of the late Severo A. Palanca, former mayor of Victorias City, and extending their condolences and sympathy to his family on his death last July 21 at the age of 82.

Palanca served as a public servant for 21 years leaving behind great accomplishments, contributions and a legacy to the City of Victorias and the Province of Negros Occidental, the resolution said.

Lacson pushes for dismissal of Aquino impeachment complaint

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is asking Congress to immediately dismiss the impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III if it lacks basis and evidence.

“Let’s give the President more time to focus in his last two years," Lacson said.

5 injured in road accident

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:11 p.m.

FIVE persons were injured, two of them are call center agents, in a road accident along Araneta Street in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Tuesday evening.

Injured were Rolly Arce, 27, of Guinpana-an, Moises Padilla; Alec Chavez, 21, of Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City; Rene Cunanan, 42, of Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City; Jerry Jason, 21, and Jenny Jane, 27, both with surname Escalada, of Roxas Avenue, Barangay 39, Bacolod City.

5 fall in buy-bust

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:10 p.m.

FIVE persons were arrested in simultaneous buy-bust operations conducted by operatives of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) in various areas Tuesday.

Police identified the suspects as Eric Montalban, 30, and his uncle Reggie Montalban, 52, both residents of Purok Kabugwason, Barangay Mansilingan; Jonathan Cuison, 29, of Zone 2, Barangay Handumanan; Felipe Alegayda, 31, and Jerry Ocampo Jr., 36, both residents of Purok 4, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport.

Money changer loses P500,000 to robbers

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

A CURRENCY exchange firm lost at least P500,000 cash when three unidentified men robbed their office at Roxas Avenue, Barangay 39, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.

Police Officer 3 Johnny de la Peña, investigator of Police Station 1, said the robbers entered the shop of BB Money Changer at 9:30 a.m. and fled onboard a red Toyota Innova vehicle with conduction sticker number 588.

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.

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