June 10, 2021

Soldier, rebel killed in two gunbattles

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A soldier and a suspected New People’s Army rebel died in two separate encounters in Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental yesterday. Army Cpl. Rodney Luces of Alimodian, Iloilo died during an encounter with rebels at


‘Dante’ agri damage reaches P16.7 million

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Losses in the agriculture sector in Negros Occidental due to the onslaught of tropical storm “Dante” last week rose to P16.7 million, with 971 farmers affected as of yesterday. Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said the


Noceco rates likely to increase

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative announced the possibility of power rate increase this month. In an advisory it issued, Noceco said the increase is triggered by the occurrence of tight power supply condition, or shortage


113 houses on granular lockdown

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The municipal government of Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental placed 113 houses in Purok L, Brgy. Pandanon under granular lockdown effective yesterday, after some of its residents tested positive for Covid-19. This was announced by the


Missing child found dead in La Carlota

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The search for the 5-year-old missing child ended yesterday, after her decomposing body was found in a river in Brgy. RSB, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. La Carlota City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officer Manuel


2 minors arrested in drug-bust

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Two minors were arrested with P47,600 in suspected shabu by Station 2 policemen in a buy-bust operation at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in Brgy. 1, Bacolod City. P/Major Sherlock Gabana, Bacolod City Police Office spokesperson,


Gawahon eco-park reopens

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Gawahon Eco-Park and Resort in Brgy. Gawahon, Victorias City, Negros Occidental is now open to the public on a limited capacity. It reopened to the public on June 8 and will accommodate 30 percent of


Chastity and piety

The close, almost cause-and-effect relationship between chastity and piety should be known, appreciated, and pursued as early as possible. It can be as early as at the childhood stage, since as we are told in a Wadsworth poem, “the child


Go ahead and get ‘shot’

If you ever get arrested in the next few days, don’t forget to smile, or at least, look your best. Why? The police will soon be furnished with body camera that will record your apprehension and the result may be

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Couple shot dead, husband kills wife

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A couple was shot and killed by an unidentified gunman in Sagay City, while a husband allegedly killed his wife in Calatrava, Negros Occidental, both on Thursday. An unidentified gunman shot and killed a couple, identified

Wanted: A Modern Day Diogenes

Can pandemic cause wars? The thought came to me when I heard the report that the England variant of the COVID is believed to have come from India. Will that make the British people call for a bar to the

Ferrer: Mandatory vaccination not a human rights violation

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said yesterday he does not believe that making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory is a form of human rights violation. If there is a human rights violation, there should be harm to

Legal battle up vs. CPP-NPA

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict is stepping up its legal battle against communist rebels in Western Visayas, Army regional spokesman, Maj. Cenon Pancito II, said. In a conference held at Camp

Bizmen oppose stricter quarantine

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Businessmen are opposed to the call of the Philippine College of Physicians Negros Occidental Chapter to place the province and Bacolod City under stricter quarantine status because of the continued rise in Covid-19 cases. Edgar

PH Covid recoveries 1,257,774

An additional 4,585 patients have beaten the coronavirus disease 2019, pushing the country’s overall recovery count to 1,257,774 as of yesterday. The Department of Health, in its latest Covid-19 bulletin, said recoveries account for 93.9 percent of a total of