July 12, 2021

Covid positivity rate in Bacolod down

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A decrease in the Covid-19 positivity rate was noted by the Bacolod Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit from July 3 to 9. In its report over the weekend, the CESU announced that the positivity rate last


Palanca, founder of Bredco, dies

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO “Strong-willed, persistent, kind, generous, a visionary, a trailblazer, a man of his word.” These are just a few of the characteristics that describe lawyer Simplicio “Sammy” Palanca, the founder and chairman of the Bacolod Real Estate


Negros bishop recovers from Covid

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza resumed his ministry work for the Roman Catholic Church after recovering from Covid-19. “Twenty-one days after I tested Covid-19 positive, I am now negative,” Alminaza, who presided over a mass at


Team building activity turns fatal, two killed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The team-building activity of a private company turned bloody on July 10, after two of its participants figured in a shooting incident at a beach resort in Brgy. 4, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, and both ended


Negrenses can travel but just follow protocols: guv

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Fully-vaccinated Negrenses may travel wherever they like in Negros Occidental, as long as they comply with mandated health protocols, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases gave


Fire hits church in Sagay

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Bureau of Fire Protection placed at P100,000 the damage caused by fire that burned a portion of the historic St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church in Brgy. Vito, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Friday night. Fr. Vincent


‘No to localized peace talks’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Apolinario Gatmaitan Command in Negros belittled a statement issued by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division of a possible localized peace talks between government troops and the New People’s Army rebels. “There are no localized peace


‘Drug den’ dismantled

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Joint operatives of the Bacolod City Police Station 2 and the Police Regional Office 6 Special Operations Unit dismantled an alleged drug den in Brgy. 3, Bacolod Friday night, that resulted in the arrest of


Photo of the Day

RICE FOR VAX. A resident of Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental received three kilos of rice after he was vaccinated during the inoculation rollout at the municipal gym Saturday* MPadilla PIO photo


A prototype of mission

With the fast and upsetting changes we are experiencing in our time, the call for new evangelization has never been more urgent. The present pandemic, for instance, has practically forced us to explore new ways of bringing the word of

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Negros to push for booster shots vs. Delta

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental will press for booster shots if the Covid-19 Delta variant endangers healthcare workers, provincial administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday. This also developed as the Iloilo City government announced yesterday that

2 NegOcc cops charged for rape, gambling

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Two police officers in Negros Occidental are facing criminal charges, one for rape and the other for illegal gambling, provincial police director, Col. Romy Palgue, said yesterday. A member of the PNP Highway Patrol Group is

Youlink community channel on

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Youlink Community channel and the Youlink.store were officially launched Friday at the Good Shepherd Training Center in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City. Executive producer and creative director Edu Pillora of YCC said the channel is

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

Duterte’s performance 8 out of 10: NegOcc dads

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN/ADRIAN P. NEMES III From a scale of one to 10, the five years performance of Rodrigo Duterte as president got a rating of 8 from Negros Occidental officials. Giving him a performance rating of 8, Governor

Delta variant no laughing matter

Take the Delta variant seriously. Get your vaccines. National Task Force Against Covid-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon said yesterday these are crucial to curb the spread of the more transmissible coronavirus variant. “We need to take seriously this