NegOcc towns get P5.9 M funding for projects

BACOLOD City – The 3rd class municipalities of Isabela and Moises Padilla received from the provincial government a total of P5.9 million for their various projects. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the turn-over of checks worth P3.4 million to 30 barangay captains from Isabela and P2.5 million to Moises Padilla Mayor Francisco Nazareno. […]

Gonzagas’ claim over prime lot a dead case, says Capitol

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial legal officer, Atty. Jose Maria Valencia yesterday said that the case filed by the Gonzaga heirs over the 7.7-hectare Capitol property is a “dead case” as this has been dismissed by the Supreme Court but was refiled with the Regional Trial Court here.

Valencia issued this statement after a certain Urs Schlosser, said to be the husband of Riza Lambatin, an alleged heir of the Gonzaga family, in a press conference yesterday claimed the Capitol property which is subject of lease and purchase deal between the Capitol and Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) has a pending case in court.

With Schlosser in the presscon were his wife, Riza and Tranquilino Monton who also claims to be an heir, and lawyers Joel Cabalatungan and Lorenzo Alminaza.

IBP-Negros supports ALI dev’t of 7.7-hectare Capitol property

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The development of the 7.7-hectare Capitol property by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) will serve as catalyst for other developments in the area that will promote economic activities, provide employment opportunities for Negrenses and help generate revenues for countryside development.

This, according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros chapter in a resolution where they manifested full support to the provincial government led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. regarding the sale and lease of the provincial government properties consisting of 7.7068 hectares to Ayala Land.

The resolution, which was unanimously approved by the IBP-Negros chapter in a recent meeting, was the most recent manifestation of support expressed for the provincial government under Marañon.

Guisihan to respect Marañon’s decision

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, yesterday said he will respect whatever decision Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon on his position as police provincial director.

Marañon earlier told Guisihan to address the killings mostly happening in EB Magalona town or face relief.

“I will respect the decision of the governor whatever it will be,” Guisihan said.

But he said the police are doing their best to address the situation.

He said several factors contribute to the increasing number of crime incidents especially “killings” this year. One of which is the lack of PNP personnel, especially in rural areas where most of the shooting incidents happened.

Soldier wounded in encounter with rebs

By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – An Army soldier was wounded in an encounter with suspected members of the New People’s Army rebels in sitio Hebusan, Barangay Malatas, Calatrava at around 5:30am yesterday. Col. Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade, said the identity of the wounded soldier is being withheld pending notification of his […]

PNP Academy Cadet Admission Test: Oct 30

FOR this year, the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Cadet Admission Test will be administered nationwide on October 31 in various testing centers all over the country according to Police Chief Inspector Rico Santotome Jr, vice president of the regional PNPA Alumni Association, Incorporated for Negros Occidental.

Last year, the PNPA CAT was conducted at the Bacolod City National High School with former PNPA Commandant and now Regional Training School-6 director Police Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin of PNPA Class 1987 supervising the conduct of the annual entrance examination for cadets and cadettes of the country’s prestigious police academy established in 1978.

For aspiring applicants here in the province of Negros Occidental as well as in Bacolod City, the PNPA, which is located at Camp Mariano N Castaneda in Silang, Cavite just a few kilometers away from scenic Tagaytay City and Sta Rosa in Laguna province, is the premiere police institution of the country that has produced topnotch police officers like current Bacolod City Police Office chief, S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz (Class 1984).

Illegal logging eyed in slay of pa and son

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Police investigators are looking at the possibility that the shooting to death of a former kagawad and his son in an outskirt barangay in EB Magalona town is connected with the campaign of the victims against the illegal logging activities in the upland areas of the said barangay.

S/Supt. Allan Guisihan said that Federico Esgueran was a member of the Bantay Lasang, a group guarding the remaining forest in the area against illegal loggers.

Guisihan said that he will propose a detachment manned by army and police forces in Barangay Canlusong to pre-empt criminal activities in the area.

He said that it is unfortunate that the recent spate of shooting incidents mostly happened in EB Magalona town with about 20 police personnel.

1 NPA rebel killed, another captured

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A suspected NPA rebel was killed while another was captured in two separate encounters with Army troopers in Calatrava town, Negros Occidental and Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Col. Oscar Lactao, commander of the Army’s 303rd Brigade, told reporters that a rebel was killed when two sections of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion while conducting combat operations encountered an undetermined number of NPA rebels in Barangay Macsilao at about 330am yesterday morning.

The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes, Lactao said. After which the NPA rebels withdrew from the area leaving behind their dead comrade.

Negros Occ. collects 32,000 units of blood

By: Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. BACOLOD City – The province of Negro Occidental has collected a total of 32,276 units of blood last year, according to a report from the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital. From the figure, blood utilization reached 32,812 units. LGUs here contributed 14,667 units, hospital based donation 2,426 while the Philippine […]

Hundreds of PNP retirees troop to Noppo for physical accounting

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Hundreds of police retirees trooped to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office headquarters starting yesterday morning for physical accounting as an offshoot of the reported ghost claimants of retirement benefits.

Some of them are already well-chair bound and assisted by kin.

Supt. Jess Mendez, deputy finance officer of PRO 6, told reporters here that the physical accounting of police retirees is being conducted nationwide

The physical accounting in Negros is for two days, September 7-8.

There are around 1,000 PNP retirees in the province, from the lowest to the highest ranking police officer.

Mendez said that last week the PNP higher headquarters in Manila discovered fake claimants of PNP retirement benefits.

7 armed men shot pa and son in EB Magalona

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Seven armed men in bonnets gunned down a man and his son inside their house in sitio Alecdon, Brgy. Canlusong, EB Magalona late Monday afternoon.

The shooting is the 5th incident in the said locality in three months.

S/Insp. Arnold Mesias, EB Magalona police chief, identified the victims as Federico Esguerran, 55, and his son, Nilo, 31.

Both died on the spot from gunshot wounds in the head, Mesias said.

Mesias theorized that the initial motive of the crime is robbery as the suspects took away the victims’ four cellular phones and P500 cash and some personal belongings.

Witnesses related to police investigators that the victims were enjoying drinks with friends inside their house when out of nowhere the seven suspects barged in and shot the victims in the head.