July 9, 2021

EOC: Covid vaccines free

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “Bacolod’s Covid-19 vaccines are for free,” executive director Em Ang of the Emergency Operations Center said to debunk reports that the city government is charging for the inoculation. Ang said if there are any social


Full vaccine use in 11 LGUs

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Eleven of the 24 local government units in Negros Occidental have fully utilized the Sinovac vaccines sent to them by the provincial government on July 7, for the inoculation of their priority residents. The 11 LGUs


Ceneco welcomes admin raps

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “We welcome the charges,” Central Negros Electric Cooperative acting general manager Danny Pondevilla said yesterday on the administrative complaint filed against him and the members of the board of directors of Ceneco before the National


Negrense veteran journalist dies

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negrense veteran journalist Jaime “Nonoy” Espina, a former chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, succumbed to liver cancer Wednesday night, after he survived the Covid-19. His sister, Inday Espina–Varona, also a veteran


Photo of the Day

HALF-MAST. The Philippine Flag at the Bacolod City Government Center and in all public buildings and places in the City were flown at half-mast yesterday for the interment of the late councilor Elmer Sy, in honor and recognition of his significant and selfless service to the City of Bacolod* City PIO photo


Last stand

I consider myself privileged never to have considered migrating to another country. In my lifetime, the Philippines was never perfect, it was never first world, it was never the best; but I never stopped to imagine what it would be


Let’s go on with the ‘good job’

I did not realize I would miss Sports news until yesterday when I noticed that our own Sports Page had been carrying a lot of reports outside our province, if not from abroad. Yesterday alone, we had sports news only



The gallery of 37 “press freedom predators” published by Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) included Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, listing him among world leaders noted for trampling on press freedom by creating a censorship apparatus, jailing journalists arbitrarily,

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Two suspects in shooting of pastor named

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Two suspects in the shooting of a pastor on July 28 in Sitio Tabangka, Brgy. Tan-awan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, have been identified. The two suspects in the shooting of Abner Navarro, 58, pastor of the

Bing invited to Duterte’s final SONA

As the national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia was invited jointly by the Senate and House of Representatives to personally attend the sixth and final State of the Nation Address of

Of birthdays and floods

July is always a busy month for me. It is mainly due to my eldest, Rebecca’s, birthday. She turned 6 this year! Since she turned 3, she would usually have at least three celebrations, one with her daycare/kindergarten friends, one

Covid hits 13 more cops

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Thirteen more police personnel in Western Visayas tested positive for Covid-19 on July 25, bringing to 108 the number of PNP members infected by the virus, the PNP Health Service said. Of the 134 new cases,

HPG holding motorcycle riding course

A PNP Highway Patrol Group operative performs a motorcycle stunt at the start of the motorcycle riding course at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City Saturday* Capitol PIO photo