More NPA rebels to surrender

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the Army’s 303rd Brigade, revealed that seven to eight more rebels have signified their intention to leave the rebel movement and rejoin mainstream society.

Lactao said that if these rebels yield, the total number of rebel-surrenderees will rise to 63 since he assumed the helm of the brigade based in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia.

The rebel returnees are from the Southern and the Northern Negros, Lactao said, adding that he will present them to Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. maybe this month so that they can be given assistance by the provincial government.

As of late, 55 rebel returnees have availed assistance from the provincial government to help them restart normal civilian lives.

Police checking background of Russian using fake credit cards

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz, police chief here, yesterday said that the Bacolod City Police Office will coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation to check on the background of a Russian national who was arrested during the weekend for using fake credit cards.

Dela Paz said the suspect identified as a certain Ooil Ooilov, 24, will be charged for violation of Republic Act 8484 for using fake devices and possibly estafa.

Dela Paz said they will also investigate whether the Russian national is a member of a syndicate specializing in the said illegal activity.

LP to field Garcia, Cana, Baribar for 2013 polls?

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Will the Liberal Party field former vice mayor Ramiro “Chick” Garcia, former city councilor Lyndon Cana and Councilor Archie Baribar as its official candidates for the 2013 local elections here?

According to LP city chairman Frank Carbon, the three are possible candidates of the LP for the city: Garcia for mayor, Cana for congressman and Baribar for vice mayor.

The LP slate for councilors is already complete, reports also said.

But Garcia in a radio interview said he is no longer interested in politics, vowing never to get involved in politics after he lost in the vice mayoralty race in 2004.

Marañon denies rift with Alvarez

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday denied any rift between him and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez.

Marañon who was in Valladolid town for a rice harvest facility demonstration told reporters that Alvarez was also in the area earlier and both had a “beso-beso”.

Talks of a rift between Alvarez and Marañon came about after the former together with Kabankalan mayor Isidro Zayco were called to a lunch meeting by acknowledged political kingpin, former ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco.

The meeting was confirmed by Zayco who said there was no talk about politics in the said gathering.

Olympic shadow looms large over Wimbledon

LONDON – For all its tradition and prestige, there is an unmistakable sense swirling round Wimbledon that this year’s tournament is a dress rehearsal for a bigger sporting occasion.
Just weeks after the tournament finishes, the sport’s best players will shed their whites and return to South West London wearing international colors for the Olympics.
It is hard to imagine the greats of tennis seeking rewards beyond the traditional four majors that have come to define the success or failure of any player’s career.
However, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic believes the Olympics are “the pinnacle of all sports”, his nearest rival Rafa Nadal described them as the “most important competition in the world of sport”, while Serena Williams is starting to get “little butterflies in [her] stomach” as the London Games loom closer.

Presti: Jackson, Van Gundy rumors are ‘rubbish’

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)General manager Sam Presti dismissed reports that 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson or former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy could be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying an extension with Scott Brooks is a top priority.

“To me, it’s rubbish,” Presti said Sunday when asked about an ESPN report that Jackson and Van Gundy were being considered as options if Brooks couldn’t be re-signed.

Brooks led Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals last season, but his current contract runs out at the end of the month. He has overseen a steady development since taking over the Thunder early in the 2008-09 season.

After winning 23 games that first season, Brooks took Oklahoma City to the playoffs in 2010, then to the Western Conference finals in 2011 before this season’s five-game loss to the Miami Heat in the finals.

Jackson is retired but has left the door open to returning in the right circumstances. Van Gundy is now a commentator for ESPN and ABC.

Djokovic opens vs ‘dangerous’ Ferrero

LONDON – Having picked himself up after the disappointment of failing to complete his grand slam collection in Paris, Novak Djokovic begins his Wimbledon defense looking for a repeat of last year’s “perfect tournament.”
Djokovic begins his Wimbledon campaign against Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero, while six-time champion Roger Federer and women’s world number one Maria Sharapova are also in action on the tournament’s opening Monday.
Djokovic will be playing his first match since his hopes of becoming only the third man to hold all four major titles at the same time were ended in the final of the French Open by Rafa Nadal earlier this month.
Ferrero, who topped the men’s rankings in 2003, but has had to battle against injury and loss of form, will provide the Serb with an intriguing challenge.

Davao boxer dies after defending title

A DAVAO-BASED boxer died last Thursday, two days after defending his crown in Agusan del Sur, a radio report said Monday.
Ermelito Alim Jr. died two days after retaining his Mindanao Professional Boxing Association featherweight crown, radio dzBB’s Davao affiliate reported.
The report said Alim collapsed after beating challenger Ahl Grumo in a 10-round match in Rosario town in Agusan del Sur province.

They were wrong!

By: Peter G. Jimenea

MANY people say that during the incumbency of now Cong. Jerry Treñas as city mayor for nine years, he has no visible project whatsoever that his constituents can be proud of and worth crowing about.