4 battalions running after 160 armed rebels

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City –At least four Philippine Army battalions are running after more or less 160 armed cadres of the New People’s Army in Negros.

According to Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the Army’s 303rd Brigade based in Camp Nelson Gerona in Minuyan, Murcia, the NPA rebels operating in northern Negros are stronger than those in southern Negros.

He said the 303rd Brigade has created Task Force North under Lt. Col. Jose Rey Alberto and the Task Force South headed by Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmena to further enhance the ISO (Internal Security Operations) campaign in both areas.

Victorias City, Cauayan get new police chiefs

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, revealed that Victorias City in northern Negros and Cauayan in southern Negros will have their respective new chiefs of police with the retirement of current Victorias City police chief, Supt. Norberto Boston effective August 27, 2011.

He is eyed to be replaced by Supt. Samuel Mina, former EB Magalona police chief and 3rd District PNP Task Force supervisor.

Guisihan said that the deputy police chief of Victorias, Supt. Alexander Munoz, will be assigned as police chief of Cauayan.

He, however, pointed out that both appointments are subject to the confirmation of the local chief executives of the two localities.

Live music expected to put MassKara streetdancing in truly mardi gras mode

BACOLOD City – With the use of drums, percussions and various parade instruments, the MassKara streetdance competitions this October will make the celebration truly mardi gras-like.

Gerry Grey, music committee chair of the MassKara Festival, said the “contagious” live music from large groups of drumbeaters and dancers “will transform Bacolod into the Philippine version of tropical mardi gras.”

The live music using drums, percussions and various parade instruments such as brasses, xylophones and horns, as accompaniment for the barangay streetdance competitions would produce a highly “infectious” rhythm in terms of danceability and audience participation, especially tourists, he said.

Grey made these insights at the second choreographers’ workshop August 26 at the Liga ng mga Barangay Hall.

Festival director Eli F. J. Tajanlangit and streetdance committee chair Rudy Reveche also discussed the guidelines of the streetdance competitions.

State of calamity in Isabela; 1,956 Ilog folks also displaced

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A state of calamity was declared in Isabela town after hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate due to flashfloods brought about by ceaseless rains spawned by typhoon Mina while 1,956 residents in Ilog town also left their homes due to flashfloods, a noontime report from the Department of Social Welfare and Development said yesterday.

The affected families came from Barangays Vista Alegre – 91 families, Brgy. Calubang – 150, Barangay Delicioso – 121, Barangay Andulawan – 39 and Barangay 1 – 88 families.

Isabela Mayor Dhol Malabor in a phonepatch interview with capitol reporters here said that the municipal government declared a state of calamity so that they can use their calamity fund to aid the victims.

Army-NPA encounters escalate

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade, revealed that government forces engaged the New People’s Army rebels in at least two encounters yesterday.

Last week, a series of encounters between the NPA rebels and government troops were also reported in the area.

Lctao pointed out that this only reflects that “the people are now giving information to the security forces leading to the encounters”.

The first encounter occurred at about 9am and the second one at about 12:30 yesterday in sitio Salvacion at the boundary of Toboso town and Escalante City. The second encounter happened at the boundary of Barangay San Isidro in Toboso and Barangay Libertad in Escalante City.

Rivera advocates sustained education for local legislators

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial Board Member Raul Rivera, president of the Philippine Councilors’ League-Negros chapter, urged local legislators who participated in the 2nd batch of the Seminar on Effective Legislation for continued education as far legislation is concerned.

Rivera said this is the reason why seminars on local legislation and related topics are being undertaken by the PCL together with the Department of Interior and Local Government in the province headed by Joy Madayag.

“Education is a continuing process and we as legislators should keep ourselves abreast with current developments as far as legislation is concerned,” Rivera pointed out.

Capitol-ALI contract under COA review despite TRO

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The contract between the provincial government and the Ayala Land Inc. covering the development of the 7.7-hectare Capitol property is presently being reviewed by the legal department of the Commission on Audit central office in Manila, according to Ernie Villa, head of the COA provincial office here.

This, despite the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) in favor of SM Property Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI).

Villa pointed out that this is because COA is not covered by the TRO issued by the Court of Appeals.

Villa revealed that they have already sought clarification from COA central regarding the matter on whether there is a need for COA central to review the documents covering the deal between capitol and ALI.

‘Monopoly cause of oil price disparity’

By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero claimed that there is a monopoly in the oil industry in Negros that’s why prices of fuel products here are higher than in Metro Manila and other provinces. Escudero said that a gasoline company dictates the prices of fuel in Negros. He alleged that Petron […]

Flashfloods displace residents in 3 Negros towns, 6,000 folks evacuate

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Continuous rains brought about by typhoon Mina since Monday triggered flashfloods in three localities in central Negros displacing nearly 6,000 residents and damaged crops estimated at more than half a million in Candoni town in the southern part of the province.

Latest information from the provincial government Public Information Office as of 5pm yesterday revealed that the displaced residents reached 1,300 families or 5,260 persons in only 6 barangays from Binalbagan town.

The local government of Binalbagan town has released 20 sacks of rice, six boxes of sardines and 10 boxes of noodles to the affected families.

The affected localities are Moises Padilla, Isabela and Binalbagan all in the 5th district in the central part of Negros Occidental.

Task Group Jimena formed, NPC condemns killing


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, yesterday revealed that the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) has formed Task Group Jimena which will undertake a speedy and thorough investigation of the shooting to death of Iloilo-based radio blocktimer Niel “Lito” Jimena Monday evening in EB Magalona town, Negros Occidental.

Jimena was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding suspects who chased him while he was on his way to Victorias City from EB Magalona town.

Jimena was declared dead on arrival at the Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital after he succumbed to five gunshot wounds mostly in the back from a .45 caliber pistol.

Guisihan who heads the task force said they will look into all possible angles to establish the motive of the killing.

Marañon bats for sugar industry law, renews call for diversification

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is pushing for a sugar industry law through the passage of a Republic Act even as he renews his call for diversification in the province.

Marañon made the proposal as he observed that the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) lacks police power to govern the sugar industry more effectively and prosecute those creating problems for the industry.

Because of the lack of law for the sugar industry, some planters would just harvest their canes prematurely. “So how can we expect better productivity?  Some planters would harvest their canes despite the fact that it is not yet ready for harvest because they needed money for a cockfight,” he said.

Marañon agreed with expert, Dr. Peter Baron, executive director and former chairman of the London-based International Sugar Organization (ISO), that a brighter future awaits the sugar industry because Asia’s annual demand growth for sugar is at two million metric tons (mt), driven by increasing consumption in the emerging market of China as well as in Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia.

DPWH told to act on flyover accidents

By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Traffic Management Unit is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways to address several accidents that occurred at the newly completed flyover in Barangay Bata here. TMU head, C/Insp. Luisito Acebuche said that at least four accidents were recorded at the flyover since it was […]