A BUSINESSMAN was shot to death by an unidentified man on a motorcycle Thursday night, April 20, at crossing Kamatis, Bago City, Negros Occidental. Bago City Police Station chief Joeffer Cabural said Villena was boarding his multi-cab from his store on his way home just before 8 p.m. when the assailant fired at him.
Ma. Rommin Diaz, Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines external communications and sustainability area manager said she can't divulge if the company has felt the effects of the boycott in terms of sales, however, she believes the firm is doing "fine." More than 40 restaurants in the province and four local government units, including the Negros Occidental provincial government, have boycotted Coke products, which allegedly contains high fructose corn syrup .
MORE than 300 policemen will be on watch as the 24th Panaad sa Negros Festival, dubbed as festivals of all festivals, opens on April 22 at the Panaad Park Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. called on Negrenses to be more vigilant and to cooperate with security measures, following reports of terror threats in Negros Island after the encounter between government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits last week in Bohol.
By Philippine News Agency The construction of the P300-million, 3-kilometer initial portion of the New Bacolod Economic Highway road project here started on Friday. Leah Jamero, assistant district engineer of Department of Public Works and Highways Bacolod Engineering District, said the project will involve a four-lane road from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug.
A VILLAGE councilman and seven others were arrested in separate anti-illegal drug operations conducted by police in Negros Island Region since April 18. In Negros Oriental, Kagawad Jerry Andales, 45, of Barangay Pantao in Mabinay town, a newly-identified drug pusher, was caught selling drinking straws with granules of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu for P500 on April 19. On the same day, Danel Estanil, 23, of Barangay Bio-os, Amlan town was arrested after police seized from him a sachet of shabu and P500 marked money. Joven Kinikito Quillano, 32, of Barangay Taclobo, Dumaguete City, was collared by police at Barangay North Poblacion, Bacong town after he yielded two sachets of shabu, P2,120 cash, and the P500 marked money.
A TEAM from the Department of Public Works and Highways Central Office was deployed to Negros Occidental to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed 35.85-kilometer coastal road, traversing four cities and a municipality. Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya, who proposed the coastal road project with Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, said the DPWH personnel will check the sites in the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, and Victorias and E.B Magalona town.
THE representative of the Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental said he will continue to push for the creation of the Department of Housing to address the country's housing problems. The 3rd District representative Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and rural development, said he realized the need for the Department of Housing after the hearing conducted on the takeover of housing units by members of urban poor group Kadamay in Bulacan.
LABOR groups in Negros Occidental Wednesday, April 19, said their declaration of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol as "persona non grata" remains despite the apology made by the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines to the Cabinet official. SAP spokesperson Emilio Yulo, a former vice governor of Negros Occidental, personally apologized to Pinol during the joint committee hearing of the Senate committees on agriculture, and trade, commerce and entrepreneurship on the impact of the rising importation of high fructose corn syrup Monday.
MY FRIEND Jacque Estanislao stayed in Bacolod for a few days after the graduation of his youngest son in a university. He is now based in Texas rubbing elbows with leading academics whose work is shaping national and international policy agenda.
SENIOR Superintendent Rolando Miranda was assigned as officer-in-charge of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office while Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr. is undergoing training in Manila. Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, public information officer of Police Regional Office -Negros Island Region, announced this in an interview over ABS-CBN Bacolod Tuesday, April 18. Castil was assigned as officer-in-charge of NOCPPO last April 1 through the directive of Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, chief of Philippine National Police, replacing Senior Superintendent William Senoron after the latter was tagged in the illegal drug trade.