February 1, 2021

Marriage is no joke

For fun, people nowadays often make and trade jokes about marriage. Some of the recent ones that managed to tickle me are the following: I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me. (Bill Clinton)


How long, Lord God, how long?

What’s new? That used to be the question friends asked each other when they meet. Now, they ask the same questions, but the chances are that the answers will focus on the number of COVID cases, not only locally, but


Responding to aggression

China’s new law authorizing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries’ structures on disputed islands is fair warning for the Philippines to craft a stronger position with ASEAN countries against it, University of the Philippines


Photo of the Day

PROTOCOL. This child was pictured inside the Bacolod Cathedral on Jan. 23 despite an order prohibiting minors below 15 years old from going outside their homes* Terence Philip Nemenzo Talorete photo


Agri losses reach P110 million: OPA

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Even though the losses in agricultural crops in Negros Occidental due to recent floods have already hit P110 million, the supply of these products in the province will not be affected. The assurance came from


PH to get vaccines this month

The country is set to receive the first wave of Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines from the Covax facility starting mid-February. In a letter addressed to the Department of Health, Covax facility managing director Aurélia Nguyen said their


CAFGU man shot dead, two minors nabbed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Fresh armed hostilities ensued between Army soldiers and New People’s Army rebels, tagged as suspects behind the liquidation of a government militiaman, in Brgy. Luz, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Saturday. Col. Michael Samson, acting commander


Guns seized

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Assorted guns and ammunition were seized by the police in simultaneous raids on Jan. 30 in Purok Bino, Brgy. Oringao in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, that also led to the arrest of three suspects. Armed with


‘Balay Hilway’ launched in 3rd District

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Rep. Francisco Benitez is pushing for a long term solution to provide resilient and safe housing options for Negros Occidental 3rd district residents, especially the informal settlers. Benitez, who chairs the House Committee on Housing and

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DOH bio-surveillance ongoing on 2 Covid mutations in Cebu

Medical experts have discovered the presence of two mutations of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Cebu, the Department of Health in Central Visayas said yesterday. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist and regional spokesperson on Covid-19, said

Agri-fishery livelihood projects given

Sustainable livelihood, marketing fund assistance, and fishing paraphernalia, all worth P1,298,790, were distributed to agri-fishery organizations from several cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental yesterday. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turnover of checks and projects to the chairpersons of

DOLE-6 releases nearly P800M in aid

The national government, through the Department of Labor and Employment in Western Visayas, has released P799.84 million in livelihood and cash assistance to workers affected by the health pandemic. Using funds provided under the Bayanihan I and II, the DOLE

109 flood victims in San Carlos get work

At least 109 flood-affected residents of San Carlos City, especially those from barangays 1, 5, and Rizal, will start working through the Tupad program of the Department of Labor and Employment before the end of this month. City Mayor Renato

BFP Bacolod to activate rescue unit

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bureau of Fire Protection will activate a Special Rescue Unit (SRU) in Bacolod City after the training fire personnel in March or April, Chief Insp. Rodel Legaspi, Bacolod fire marshal, said during the blessing and

2 drug dens dismantled, 15 arrested

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said yesterday that it has dismantled another drug den during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City. The buy-bust operation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects and the recovery