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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PGC to boost genome sequencing in VisMin

The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) will boost the capability of its centers in the Visayas and Mindanao to conduct genome sequencing and determine the variants of the coronavirus disease 2019 present in their localities. Dr. Cynthia Saloma, executive director of

Negative RT-PCR required for all travelers to Negros

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negative RT-PCR test results are again required of all travelers, including those fully vaccinated against the Covid-19, to be allowed entry to Negros Occidental, following the increasing cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant. Negros Occidental Gov.

Benitez sure of petition dismissal

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Former Rep. Alfredo Benitez said yesterday he is confident that the Comelec Election Registration Board will dismiss the opposition filed against his transfer of voter’s registration from Victorias City to Bacolod City, with evidences he had

Want to join a trip to the moon?

For the first time in my life yesterday, I wished I were a billionaire. Why? I would have been able to join Jeff Bezos and his gang on their next visit to the moon and see what it is really

Pacquiao, 2 others court UNegA support

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN United Negros Alliance secretary general Salvador Escalante Jr. said yesterday they received “feelers” from the groups of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, and even boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who are courting their

LGUs post P825B in operating income

The total current operating income of the local government units rose from P738.54 billion in 2019 to P825.2 billion last year, representing an increase of P86.66 billion or 12 percent, as a result of their higher internal revenue allotment and