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RTC upholds dismissal of complaint vs. Baciwa

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Regional Trial Court Branch 45 upheld its earlier decision dismissing the petition filed by the group of Councilor Wilson Gamboa for a declaratory relief and declaration of nullity of the joint venture agreement (JVA)


2 more ROFs to face falsification raps

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Provincial Legal Office will add two more returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) from Negros Occidental to the list of respondents, who will be charged for falsification of public documents and violation of health protocols, Provincial Administrator


11 Negros Occidental LGUs receive awards

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Eleven local government units in Negros Occidental were honored and conferred awards by the Department of the Interior and Local Government during the Provincial Anti-Drug Summit at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City on Friday. The


Capitol proposing tax relief

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental is proposing a tax relief for real property owners, who failed to pay their tax obligations for 2020 and prior years, amounting to P2.8 billion, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said


Meat prices up in city, Neg. Occ.

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Meat prices in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, registered an increase of P2 to P16 per kilo as of Monday, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena confirmed yesterday. Carabao meat is now sold at P266.45 per kilo,


DENR orders closure of open dumpsites

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered all the agency’s Environmental Management Bureau regional directors to step up efforts against open dumpsites in their respective areas of jurisdiction, noting that Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological


More assistance for flood victims

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Residents of EB Magalona, Victorias, Silay, and Talisay, who were hit twice by flashfloods in the first two weeks of 2021 received assistance from Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa recently. Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd


The slippery slope to self-indulgence

We have to be wary of this danger that is clearly becoming widespread. Self-indulgence is a constant threat, especially these days when good and evil are so mixed up that we would mostly likely be left confused and easily taken

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Que sera, sera

“When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother/ What shall I be?” Remember that great songhit of the sixties or seventies that blared out from every store and eatery all day and almost all night long, too?

‘Read DND-UP accord first’

University of the Philippines (UP) students and alumni should thoroughly read the 1989 Department of National Defense-UP accord before reacting to the issue on its abrogation, a UP alumnus said yesterday. “Have you read this? If indeed you have already

Photo of the Day

PROMOTION. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who visited Bacolod City and Negros Occidental last week, posted this shot of The Ruins in Talisay City on her FB page, and called it a stunning piece of architecture with a romantic and tragic past*

EOC, docs oppose move to relax age restrictions

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Emergency Operations Center met with Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday on the decision of the national Inter-Agency Task Force to allow 10 to 65 years old to go out of their residences in areas

Woman killed, 2 injured in Pontevedra shooting incident

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Personal grudges and land dispute are being eyed by the police as motives in the shooting and killing of a 43-year-old woman, and the wounding of her two companions in Sitio Pantao, Brgy. Pandan, Pontevedra, Negros

Dauin to revive diving industry

The Negros Oriental Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (NOIATF-EID) has approved and adopted the executive order of Dauin town for the reopening of its diving industry under the “tourism bubble” concept to revive the local