July 1, 2021

Lacson: GCQ will not bring down Covid cases

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Placing Negros Occidental under the General Community Quarantine status effective today until July 31 is not a guarantee that Covid cases will be brought down, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday. It really depends on the


Ombudsman clears 6 BCPO policemen

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Eight years after they were charged by their colleague, six Bacolod policemen were exonerated of both criminal and administrative charges by the Office of the Ombudsman for Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices. COMPLAINTS DISMISSED


10 p.m. to 4 a.m. city curfew hours remain

The daily curfew hours in Bacolod City will still be from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. even under the General Community Quarantine status, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in Executive Order 35, series of 2021, that he issued yesterday. Exempted


Military honors for fallen Negrense pilot

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division accorded the late Air Force Maj. Eraño Belen with military honors when his remains arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental yesterday. The remains of Belen, a native


‘General’ nabbed with guns, ammo

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Assorted high-powered guns with ammunition were recovered from a retired police officer, who claimed to be a “general”, during an entrapment operation at Rizal Street in Brgy. IV, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental on June 29. Demosthenes Fernandez,


Two escapees accounted for, 3 others still at-large

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN An escapee was reported yesterday to have been killed, while another was recaptured in Hacienda Velez, Brgy. Blumentritt, Murcia, as Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel, assisted by the police, intensified their manhunt operations on


Faith needed for miracles to happen

We have to be clear about this point. For miracles to happen, especially the most important one which is our own salvation that involves the forgiveness of our sins, faith is needed. This was dramatized in that gospel episode where


Did you know our City is vibrant?

“Vibrant”! That was how the Ambassador of Australia called our City! Weren’t you thrilled  to hear that? We may have COVID problems, we may have curfew, but if a foreign dignitary’s impression of ours is that of a “vibrant city”,



President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid to arm civilians who want to join the fight against criminality was flouted again when he said that civilian volunteers of the Philippine National Police could get guns so they could defend themselves while making a

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Restraint and hope

When Christ explained to his disciples the meaning of the parable about the wheat and the weeds (cfr. Mt 13,24-43), he practically told them to practice restraint in their reactions to all forms of evil in this world while at

Heartbreaks at the Olympics

I was hoping to write about the President’s State of the Nation Address in this column, but it is almost 4 p.m. already and I have an appointment that I cannot forego. So, I guess I will have to hold

DOT mourns passing of Hofileña

The Department of Tourism conveyed its condolences to the family of Ramon Hofileña, the father of heritage conservation in Silay City, Negros Occidental. “The DOT acknowledges his great contribution to heritage preservation and cultural tourism, especially in his beloved hometown

When we truly welcome Christ

That beautiful story of the sisters, Martha and Mary, welcoming Christ into their house (cfr. Lk 10,38-42) teaches us a precious lesson about how prayer and piety should take precedence over any consideration of practicality, no matter how legitimate and

Cops seize P200,000 in ‘shabu’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III About P200,000 worth of suspected shabu was seized by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office in buy-bust operations held in barangays 40 and Taculing Tuesday. P/Major Sherlock Gabana, BCPO spokesperson, said they recovered seven


From gratuitous applause to genuine inspiration. That was how Monday felt, when a president’s rambling state of the nation address was followed by the news of the gold medal victory of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Tokyo Olympics. I had