Capitol urges BJMP anew to fast-track inmates’ transfer

Capitol urges BJMP anew to fast-track inmates’ transfer. By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Atty. Jose Mari Valencia, provincial legal officer yesterday said that the provincial government is urging the Bureau of Jail Management Penology to fast-track the transfer of inmates from the old provincial jail to the newly finished P100-million jail facility in Barangay […]

Mom hostages own baby

Mom hostages own baby

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A one year and eight months old baby boy was held hostage by his own mother after quarreling with her husband in Barangay San Pedro, Binalbagan town Monday night.

Insp. Albert Sy, Binalbagan police chief, said they were alerted by a concerned citizen about the hostage taking in a house about 150 meters away from the police station.

Sy said he and his men proceeded to the place and saw that a young woman was threatening to kill her baby with a bladed weapon. They tried to negotiate with the woman to let go of her son but the mother became hysterical.

Sy said the woman continued to shout while pointing the bladed weapon at her son’s body and neck saying that she will kill the baby.

While continuously negotiating with the woman, the police found the chance and grappled with her until subdued.

Boycott of Coca-Cola products continue, vows Sugar Watch

Boycott of Coca-Cola products

continue, vows Sugar Watch

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – “We were taken for granted.”

This was the statement was issued by Hernani Braza, spokesman of the Sugar Watch, a convenors’ group spearheading the boycott against Coca-Cola products in the light of recent reports citing that Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines has finally decided to buy domestic sugar.

Braza together with other members of the Sugar Watch, in a press conference July 11, 2011 at the Negros Press Club, said they in Sugar Watch were not aware and are not privy to the meeting called by Coca-Cola and SRA with the Philippine Sugar Alliance.

“We are still waiting for the invitation as promised by SRA administrator Regina Martin-Bautista and Governor Alfredo Marañon for them to mediate between us and Coca-Cola for the resolution of the issue,” Braza said.

He stressed that “officially we did not and we do not intend to call off our boycott campaign against Coca-Cola products.”

Braza also said that “we demand that Coca-Cola would show proof in writing to be made public and to be confirmed by SRA reflecting the volume of Philippine sugar bought by Coca- Coca.”

PNP, Army hunting payroll robbers

PNP, Army hunting payroll robbers

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Police and army personnel have joined forces in their search for the suspects who killed a farmer and robbed a hacienda overseer.

The suspects also abducted and hostaged the overseer’s daughter as they escaped.

S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, said they are running after eight suspects who released the daughter of the farm overseer upon sensing that they were already safe from police pursuers.

Supt. Rosauro Francisco, Silay City police chief, said the suspects are members of a local robbery gang specializing in payroll heists. Their faces were identified in the police rogues’ gallery by Jinky Mary Espada, 20, daughter Noel Espada, overseer of Hacienda San Diego Dos owned by Joseph Jison.

The suspects fired at farm workers who tried to help Espada, killing Rodolfo Sobritodo, 46, and injuring Erick Cordero, 37.

Sobritodo succumbed to a gunshot wound in the chest. He was shot with a .45 caliber pistol.

Francisco said the suspects took P25,000 in cash, P6,000 in gift checks, a digital video camera, N95 cellular phone, PNB passbook, a credit card and checkbook from the house of Espada.

Top 3 police stations cited

Top 3 police stations cited POLICE Insp. Danilo Francisco (center), Station 8 police chief, receives the plaque recognizing Station 8 as the top performing police station in the city during the flag ceremony at the New Government Center July 11 2011. Looking on is BCPO police chief, S/Supt. Dela Paz. (Bacolod PIO photo)   BACOLOD […]

‘Our medicines are not fake’

‘Our medicines are not fake’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The general manager of the Sincere Drug Store raided recently by the UNILAB with assistance from the National Bureau of Investigation asserts that their medicines are not fake.

Ricky Enriquez said the medicines seized from his bodega came from the Negros Grand Ventures Industries, Inc., sole distributor of UNILAB in Negros.

In a press conference yesterday morning, Enriquez presented documents related to the case.

Enriquez also revealed that he is mulling the filing of charges against UNILAB and those behind the raid including the NBI, lamenting that the raid was traumatic for him and his family especially his children as they were supposed to celebrate the birthday of his eldest child June 19. The raid was conducted June 16.

He said there was no advisory from UNILAB that there are fake medicines circulating in the city, but the firm proceeded to accuse him manufacturing fake drugs without presenting a single equipment or evidence to prove its claim.

Bidding for Capitol prime property failed anew, negotiations underway

Bidding for Capitol prime property

failed anew, negotiations underway

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The bidding participated in by SM and Ayala for the prime property owned by the Negros Occidental provincial government failed anew.


Because of technicalities, according to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. As alternative, he said both parties have agreed for a “negotiation” for the 7-hectare (not six as earlier reported) prime property located at the back of the capitol building.

Under the Commission on Audit (COA) rules on bidding, there should be at least three companies participating in the bid for it to be considered valid.

Marañon, however, stressed that there are other technical reasons why the July 7 bidding failed. He did not elaborate.

Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings, recently personally submitted their unsolicited intent to purchase the Capitol property, offering a P2.5-billion investment package that features a convention center, two hotels and shopping centers.

Program gives squatters chance to own homes

Program gives squatters

chance to own homes


By: Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr.

BACOLOD City – Many informal settlers dream of owning a lot where they can build their home.

The Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the National Housing Authority (NHA) here has turned that dream to reality, at least to more than a thousand of them.

Implemented several years ago, the CMP is based on the mutual agreement where legal owner of the lot agrees that squatters purchase the piece of land.

Once a deal is reached, the NHA provides the technical assistance to both parties. A funding agency pays the lot owner while squatters form an association and pay NHA their monthly dues that will all go to the funding agency.

The National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. used to finance the project but has now been turned over to the Social Housing Finance Corporation in 2007.

BFAR offers use of research vessel

BFAR offers use

of research vessel


BACOLOD City – Asis G. Perez, newly appointed director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, offered the use of the research vessel MV DA-BFAR of the bureau to Negros Occidental.

The MV DA-BFAR is equipped to determine the characterization of the larval settlements or planktonic population in the water column in the waters of the province.

This research undertaking will feed scientific data to the various programs of the province on sustainable coastal resources management.

Perez met with Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. to discuss the urgency of reducing, if not totally eliminating, destructive fishing practices in the country, going after one target area at a time.

On the third day of assumption of office in June, Perez personally led an enforcement operation against coral smugglers in Zamboanga resulting in the seizure and recovery of 13,000 pieces of black sea corals weighing around a total of 40 tons.

Proper compensation for brgy officials pushed

Proper compensation for brgy officials pushed By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Rep. Anthony Golez (Lone District of Bacolod City) is seeking to properly compensate both elected and appointed barangay officials including the tanods. In House Bill 4784 he filed recently, Golez also seeks the enrollment of village officials in the Government Service Insurance System […]

Ferrer says inquiry on premix importation will push through

Ferrer says inquiry on premix importation will push through   By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Neg. Occ.) said that the congressional inquiry on the importation of premix sugar will push through amid reports that Coca Cola has stopped importing the sugar substitute. “We have questions regarding importation,” Ferrer said […]