Patag Resorts illegal?

BACOLOD City – The Patag Mountain Resorts located at Brgy. Patag, Silay City, Negros Occ. are illegal, Mayor Mark Golez said on Sept 7, 2018. Golez said the owners have no business, building, occupancy, and discharge permits, as the area that forms part of the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) is under the Protected Area […]

Separate anti-GMO edict for food production eyed

BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental is eyeing the passage of a separate ordinance on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on food production. Provincial Board member Alain Gatuslao, committee on laws, rules and ordinances chair, said that instead of amending the Anti-GMO, the provincial board will instead pass a separate […]

Army soldiers, Cafgus in illegal logging probed

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade, yesterday, said that he will order an investigation on the reported involvement of Army personnel and Cafgus in illegal logging activities in Negros Occidental and Oriental.

It was Atty. Jose Maria Valencia, provincial legal officer and chief of staff of Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who revealed Monday that certain elected officials, Army soldiers and Cafgus were involved in the illegal activity.

“I will have it investigated,” Lactao said, adding that those found guilty will be subjected to the table of punishments as prescribed in the military justice system.

MassKara Nights of Mardi Gras start

BACOLOD City – A new event that has been added to the ongoing MassKara Festival unfolded yesterday at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

The “MassKara Nights of Mardi Gras” brings live music from the city’s barangays around the plaza starting 8pm for three nights.

Each night, five of the 15 barangays that will participate in the streetdancing competitions on Oct. 16 will perform their respective live MassKara rhythm with their own dancers around the plaza, or along San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao Sts.

Barangays that performed last night were Brgys. 4, 9, 17, 26, and Banago.

PRRM-Negros celebrates 25th anniversary

BACOLOD City – The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) – Negros, a local affiliate of one of the oldest primary NGOs in the country, and a staunch advocate of sustainable rural development, will be celebrating its silver or 25th year anniversary starting this October until December 2011.

PRRM-Negros was established in the province in October 1986 after the Edsa People Power Revolution and played a key role in responding to the gripping hunger and widespread deprivation that then plagued the province after the near collapse of the sugar industry in the early and mid-80s.

Edwin Balajadia PRRM area manager, said it launched a massive “food aid program” and relief and rehabilitation projects in distressed upland areas and lowland communities to help displaced sugar plantation workers and other poor sectors.

RTC hearing on case of SM vs Capitol Dec. 9

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Regional Trial Court Branch 50 Presiding Judge Estefanio Libutan Jr. has scheduled on December 9 the next hearing for the civil case for certiorari filed by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) against Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., members of the provincial board and the provincial committee on awards and disposal of real properties in line with the sale and purchase of the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare properties to Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI).

In yesterday’s hearing, Inocencio Cabahug from the regional office of the Commission on Audit (COA) was presented for direct questioning and cross examination.

SMPHI was presented by its lawyer, Atty. Vince Bayhon while Atty. Mary Ann Lamis represented the provincial officials.

MassKara photo, video contests set

BACOLOD City – Festival organizers have launched the 2011 MassKara Festival Photo-Video Contest titled “Kari sa MassKara, Dala Kamera Year III.”

The Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO), organizer of the festival, has appointed the Camera Club of Negros (CCN) as the official organizer of the photo-video contest, festival director Eli F. J. Tajanlangit said.

Canon is the festival’s official photo partner, he said.

The grand prize winner of the photo contest will receive a Canon EOS 1000D DSLR camera; second prize winner gets P10,000 and third prize winner—P5,000.

The grand prize winner of the video contest will receive a Canon EOS 1000D DSLR camera.

NDF slams candle lighting for peace

BACOLOD City – “The warlord-governor Maranon and his fascist dogs in the AFP are just fooling themselves in promoting their kind of peace of the graveyard by lighting candles. As the 3rd ID PA solidifies its position in Negros island by deploying more AFP troops making it a prime laboratory for their Oplan Bayanihan,” the National Democratic Front Negros said in a statement Oct. 5, 2011

“Marañon and Gen. Bautista still try to make themselves appear as peace makers.”

“Reports of another Scout Ranger Company en route to Negros while another to undergo intensive training for counter-insurgency shows the real intent of the Negros warlords led by Marañon and the AFP,” the statement further said.

Cache of firearms seized, three gunrunners arrested

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A cache of high-powered firearms was seized and three suspected gunrunners were arrested by police operatives in a buy-bust operation Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Zone 6, Cadiz City.

PRO-6 assistant regional director for operations, S/Supt. Manuel Felix yesterday presented the seized firearms to the media in a press conference at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office here.

“We mean business,” Felix said, stressing that that the campaign against illegal firearms will not exempt anybody.

He said operatives of the Regional Special Operations Group /Regional Anti Illegal Drugs Special Task Force (RSOG/RAIDSOTG) led by Insp. Mark Louie Sigua and Cadiz City Police Station led by Insp. John Despi conducted the buy-bust cum entrapment operation.

Region has 41,168 loose guns

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Manuel Felix, assistant regional director for operations of the Police Regional Office 6, revealed that there are about 41,168 loose firearms in the region, 6,000 of which are in the province of Negros Occidental.

Felix revealed the data in a press conference at the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office conference room here yesterday morning with S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, NOPPO director, after five high-powered firearms were seized by police operatives in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Zone 6, Cadiz City Wednesday afternoon. This brings to 80 the number of loose firearms recovered by NOPPO since January to October this year.

Ombudsman junks robbery case vs Santotome and peer

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the military and other law enforcement offices dismissed the robbery case filed against C/Insp. Rico Santotome and PO1 Rey Escanan citing that the two were just doing their job.

The two were accused of robbery by a certain Joebert Javier presently the barangay captain of Caduha-an, Manapla town.

“I feel vindicated,” Santotome told reporters after he received the Ombudsman decision through his lawyer, Atty. JV Hinlo.