January 8, 2021

Jumping to conclusions?

The curious case of flight attendant Christine Dacera, who died after a New Year’s party in a Makati hotel, has captured the nation’s imagination, distracting Filipinos from the uproar caused by the Presidential Security Group vaccination scandal that welcomed the


Make your COVID Motto: Be Prepared!

We are already well into January but the United States is still  counting the votes cast in their November elections. Maybe that is inevitable if you have an opponent like Donald Trump who does not know how to admit defeat


Child protection

The Department of Education directed public and private elementary and high schools to establish and strengthen child protection committees to help address online sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and reports of rampant child pornography online during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Bacolod allots P300M for vaccines vs. Covid

Mayor Evelio Leonardia (center) shows a copy of the multi-lateral and confidentiality agreement he signed with AstraZeneca on the availment of vaccines against Covid, as witnessed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and City Administrator Em Ang (seated, l-r); and Drs. Hector Gayares and Edwin Miraflor, City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan, Councilor Renecito Novero, and Dr. Chris Sorongon (standing, l-r) at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday*


Victorias under state of calamity, too

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Victorias City in Negros Occidental has been also placed under a state of calamity, after this was approved yesterday during the session of its Sangguniang Panlungsod, as recommended by Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca. This was after


AFP, PNP on high alert against NPA atrocities

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police in Western Visayas are extra vigilant and have already initiated pre-emptive operations against any possible deployment of New People’s Army assassins. While they have not monitored any


MNLF men in DSB fake news: spox

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade dismissed yesterday as “fake news” the reported presence of members of the Moro National Liberation Front in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, in November


Crime volume in Negros, city down – police

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN & ADRIAN P. NEMES III The total crime volume in Negros Occidental went down by 34 percent last year, compared to 2019, provincial police deputy spokesperson, P/Lt. Abegael Donasco, said yesterday. It reduced from 1,371 in


‘No bogus travel passes’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III There are no fake travel passes in Bacolod City, the City Police Office spokesperson, P/Lt. Col. Ariel Pico said yesterday amid reports that there are bogus travel passes circulating in some areas. Pico said that,

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No prima facie evidence vs. former treasurer

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Former Negros Occidental Provincial Treasurer Nilda Generoso may now process her retirement claims and other benefits. This was after Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr. said yesterday that there was no prima facie evidence against Generoso,

When weakness becomes a source of strength

That Pauline statement, “For when I am weak, then I am strong”, (2 Cor 12,10) should make us feel reassured and consoled every time we are hounded and burdened by all sorts of difficulties and troubles, including when we are

Strict biosecurity needed versus ASF

An official of the Bank of the Philippine Islands said the country needs to improve its risk management standards and sustainability measures so hog raisers can survive and thrive amid the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak. “ASF has already taken

PNP drug testing to be expanded

Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, has ordered to expand the surprise drug testing to all police personnel under the ongoing internal cleansing program. Sinas made the directive after another policer officer assigned in Caraga (Region 13) tested positive

PEZA okays P95-B investments in 2020

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority said yesterday that it ended 2020 with P95.03 billion worth of investment approvals, or a decline of 18 percent, from P117.5-billion in projects approved the previous year. Some 326 projects got PEZA Board’s nod last

Armed NPA team leader surrenders

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A self-confessed team leader of the Regional Strike Force (RSF) of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros-Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor surrendered to the 16th Scout Ranger Company in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on Friday, and brought with him two high-powered