January 2021

Virtue signaling and gaslighting

We have to be wary of these tricks that news and opinion makers often use these days to push their ideas, agenda, or narrative. While it is good that they should set out their credentials to establish and strengthen their


Good fences and good neighbors

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any name would smell as sweet”. That is one very famous line that has been quoted over the years, not only by poets themselves, but high school students as


Ranked lowly

A study prepared by Sydney-based think tank Lowly Institute ranked the Philippines a pathetic 79th out of 98 countries in terms of coronavirus response. Ninety-eight countries were reviewed for their “average performance” over time in managing the Covid-19 pandemic, using


NegOcc active cases down

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Covid-19 active cases in Negros Occidental dropped from 131 on Jan. 21, to 111, as of Jan. 28, with Valladolid and San Enrique towns noted to be consistent in having no new infections, the Provincial


Negros hog raisers to stop sending supply to Manila

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Members of the Alliance of Hog Raisers Associations of Negros Occidental (AHRANO) have agreed to temporarily stop sending live pigs to Manila starting today, its president, Ric Lauron, said yesterday. Lauron said this is one solution


Group appeals RTC ruling on Baciwa case

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Water consumers’ group, Amlig Tubig, has filed a motion for reconsideration before the Court of Appeals on the recent ruling of a Regional Trial Court that upheld the dismissal of their petition to nullify the


Guv cleared of fund misuse

The 3rd Division of the Sandiganbayan yesterday acquitted Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, along with provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes and former provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez, of graft charges for the alleged illegal use of the province’s calamity funds. Capitol Public


Photo of the Day

MOVE IT. Brig. Gen. Rolando Miranda (center), director of the Police Regional Office 6, led personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, headed by P/Col. Romy Palgue, to a four-minute fitness routine, during his visit to Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City yesterday* NOCPPO photo


Botticelli masterpiece sells for $92 million

A portrait by Italian renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli sold for $92 million at an online Sotheby’s auction Thursday, smashing the record price for the artist. “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” believed to have been painted in the 1470s or 1480s,

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Hinobaan planning to open border with Basay, Bayawan

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayor Ernesto Estrao said yesterday that he intends to open the Hinobaan border with Basay and Bayawan in Negros Oriental, for a limited period of time. This was after Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental also opened

‘Murcia’s Best Harvest’ until Feb. 28

The “Murcia’s Best Harvest” agricultural fair that has been ongoing since Feb. 8 at the town plaza covered court will run until the end of this month. “We held a soft opening on Feb. 8, after which we conducted a

Pass laws to boost food prod’n, NegOr LGUs urged

The Department of Agriculture in Negros Oriental challenged the local government units to enact ordinances that will address food-related concerns in their localities. This is to mitigate the effects of environmental conditions in food production, Sarah Perocho, agriculture program coordinating

‘Auring’ now a tropical storm

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN “Auring” intensified from tropical depression to tropical storm yesterday, and was moving toward the northwestward direction at 10 kilometers per hour, based on the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. Provincial Disaster

Southern Visayas District deactivated

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Coast Guard–Southern Visayas District has been deactivated, PCG-Negros Occidental chief Capt. Ludovico Librilla confirmed yesterday. With its deactivation, the supervision of PCG-Negros Occidental was returned PCG-Western Visayas District, while PCG-Negros Oriental and PCG-Siquijor were

No raps vs. Negrense couple

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacon brushed aside negative comments in the social media and stood pat yesterday on his decision to forgive a Negrense couple, who admitted their mistakes of violating Covid-19 health protocols, as