May 6, 2021

Ombudsman junks graft charges vs. Bing, 2 others

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III After more than a decade, the Office of the Ombudsman finally dismissed the criminal charges for malversation of funds and graft and corruption filed against Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia and two other former City


12-hour power outage looms

Power outage of up to 12 hours will hit the coverage area of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative on May 8 and 9, after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines scheduled an interruption to facilitate the preventive maintenance servicing


Farm manager killed in Cadiz

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A manager of an agrarian reform cooperative in Hacienda Dalayapan, Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, was shot dead by a group of unidentified armed men on May 4, the police said. The victim, identified by


Capitol to review SOP in receiving supplies

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental is reviewing its Standard Operating Procedure in accepting shipments of supplies from the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management in Manila, after 10 of 15 employees of the Capitol’s Procurement


Guns, ammo seized

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A former kagawad is now in hot water, following the seizure of assorted guns and ammunition during a raid on his residence in Sitio Mabinuligon, Brgy. Dian-ay, Escalante City, Negros Occidental on May 4. Former Dian-ay


P2.7 million shabu haul in Murcia

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN / ADRIAN P. NEMES III Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized about P2.7 million worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation in Purok Lacson, Brgy. Alegria, Murcia, Negros Occidental on May 4. The


Quarantine facilities critical: Diaz

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Covid-19 quarantine facilities in Negros Occidental are now in critical stages as the number of active cases keeps increasing, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday. Diaz said that patients at the EB Magalona healing center


4 suspects in slay of brgy captain nabbed in NegOr

Four suspects in the killing of a barangay captain in Negros Oriental yesterday were nabbed in Vallehermoso town, the police said. Sketchy investigation reports said the four are allegedly guns-for-hire and hail from Mindanao. No other information was made available


Complicate to simplify

This is a common enough phenomenon in our life. We should not be surprised by it anymore. To fix things, for example, we may have to disassemble them first and look closely at the different parts. To solve a problem,

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‘BIR saves schools with corrected tax rate’

The move of the Bureau of Internal Revenue to correct the imposition of a 25-percent tax on proprietary educational institutions will save colleges, universities, and similar institutions affected by the Covid-19 pandemic from folding up. Deputy House Speaker Rufus Rodriguez

Megaworld lines up 21 projects

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Following its filing of registration statement for the planned biggest Real Estate Investment Trust offering, property giant Megaworld is strengthening its development pipeline in the next five years and looks on investing the proceeds from the

‘Unity ticket’ taking shape in Toboso

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayor Richard Jaojoco hailed as a “positive development” what he described as the looming “unity ticket” that appears to be taking shape in Toboso, Negros Occidental. Jaojoco, who is now on his third term as mayor

Docs: Place NegOcc, city under stricter quarantine

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Due to the continued rising Covid cases, the Philippine College of Physicians Negros Occidental Chapter is calling on the authorities to place the province and Bacolod City under stricter quarantine status for two weeks. The


While there are people like me who are trying everything and pestering everyone we can to get vaccinated from Covid-19 as soon as possible, it is surprising, frustrating, and disappointing to discover that many Filipinos are still in no hurry