Much ado about Facebook

I told myself days ago to endure an hour of ranting from the nation’s leader in order to hear the announcement of what our new community quarantine status will be. However, with an earlier announcement that the city government appealed to downgrade us to GCQ, it was not worth staying up late.

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Trump and the storybook emperor

There used to be a comic strip titled “There ought be a law”. It was a very funny one that made whichever newspaper or magazine that carried it very salable. This time, though, that title came to me after hearing or reading a lot of complaints about fake news, especially those involving officials. Of course we do have laws on libel and other forms of materials written or spoken against anyone in a manner that would affect his or her reputation, but usually the victims just fret and fume , but do not take any action against the purveyor.

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Tourism taking lead

The tourism sector is bent on taking the lead in the safe reopening of the economy as the country’s top tourist destinations Boracay and Baguio have secured the approval to accept tourists starting October 1.

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Covid survivor cops donate plasma

Members of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, who have fully recovered from COVID-19, took turns in donating blood plasma for the pandemic victims, deputy provincial police spokesman PLt. Wilma Silva yesterday said.

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Arrested rebel faces arson charges

A suspected member of the New People’s Army, who is facing arson charges, was apprehended yesterday by combined police and Army troops in Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City, Negros Occidental by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by San Carlos Regional Trial Court Judge Kathrine Go.

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Liquidation of Covid expenses sought

“We are open to any legitimate investigation anytime because we are not hiding anything,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday in reaction to a petition to the President seeking the liquidation of the funds being utilized by the city for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Provincial admin office locked down

The Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator’s Office at the Capitol in Bacolod City was locked down yesterday afternoon after the wife of one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

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God bless the Philippines!

Did I hear it right? Did a hospital in Ohio, U.S.A. really discover a cure for the coronavirus infection? The report identified the medicine as the Catalopram tablet, but after its announcement the other day, nothing more was reported on it. Let us all hope and pray that relief is on the way, and that all those studies and experiments going on for a vaccine will be successful. In the meantime let us continue observing all the precautions being issued to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

Slain cop chief’s gun seized from rebel

The Glock 9mm pistol of the late Police Supt. Arnel Arpon, former chief of the Guihulngan City Police Station in Negros Oriental, who was killed along with five of his men in an ambush claimed by the New People’s Army rebels in 2017, was recovered from an NPA leader arrested Sunday, Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday.