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SPOTLIGHT VISAYAS: Daily news and latest updates from central Philippines

SPOTLIGHT VISAYAS: Daily news and latest updates from central Philippines


The Visayas, in central Philippines, is smallest of the main island groups both in terms of total land area and population. It has only 16 provinces, grouped into three regions. While the Visayas accounts for only 20% of the country’s population, two of its regions are among the five most populous in the country. It is home to the most vote-rich province, Cebu, historically considered the Philippine capital in the larger south.    

Spotlight Visayas brings you developing stories and special features from the regions of Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.  

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Ace Durano says Robredo not uninvited from Cebu rally

Cebu gubernatorial candidate Ace Durano clarified on Tuesday, April 26, that they did not withdraw the invitation for Vice President Leni Robredo to join their rally in Talisay City, but her camp opted to skip the event after his party, the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (PPP), decided to endorse Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

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Lorraine Ecarma

Negros Occidental Vice Gov Ferrer: We will deliver landslide victory for Marcos-Duterte

FOR MARCOS. Negros Occidental Vice Governor Ferrer campaigns for presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr as the candidate’s sons, Joseph Simon and Vincent, visit Bacolod City on April 22. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ferrer’s Facebook page

Negros Occidental will give UniTeam candidates Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte a landslide victory on May 9, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said on Sunday, April 24.

Sharing photos on his Facebook page of a full gym in Pontevedra town during the April 22 visit of Joseph Simon and Vincent, Marcos Jr.’s sons, the vice governor said, “The candidacy of the two top Uniteam candidates is consistently gaining ground in the province as evident in the swelling of support from both the provincial leaders and the majority of Negrenses.”

Provincial leaders have committed their support to the tandem whose popularity is exceptional, said Ferrer, who reiterated the firm commitment of 28 mayors who have endorsed Marcos and Duterte.

He also agreed with the earlier statement of Marcos’ local spokesman, former Murcia Mayor Sonny Coscolluela, that it will take a “miracle” for the other presidential rival to reverse the current edge of Marcos and Duterte. – Inday Espina-Varona


Ilonggo ‘kakampinks’ celebrate Robredo’s birthday

While they can’t join the grand rally in Pasay this Saturday, April 23, Vice President Leni Robredo’s supporters in the city and province of Iloilo celebrated her birthday in their home turf.

Ilonggo “kakampinks” started their day with a mass at St. Anne’s Parish in Molo to kick off a day’s worth of activities, sponsored by the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen of the Philippines (BCBP) Ladies and the Mother Butler Guild.

Hundreds of bikers also capped celebrated Robredo’s birthday with a bike ride which began at the Iloilo River Esplanade 3 and passed through Iloilo City’s major routes.

Aside from events, Ilonggos participated in house-to-house campaigning, and greeted the Vice President in social media videos.

Joseph B.A. Marzan

Robredo seeks to repeat landslide wins in Negros Oriental, Siquijor

Leni Robredo’s campaign stop in Siquijor, the third-least populated province in the Philippines, marked the first visit of a presidential candidate during the campaign period.

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Robbin Dagle

Army men convicted in 2010 killing of activist ‘but it’s tragic that people have to die’

SLAIN. Benjamin Bayles, Bayan Muna coordinator in Negros, killed in June 2010, and Benjamin Ramos of NUPL-Negros killed in November 2018. Bayles photo courtesy of Karapatan-Negros and Ramos photo courtesy of NUPL

A court in Bacolod convicted for murder and sentenced to reclusion perpetua two Army intelligence officers for the killing of Negros activist Benjamin Bayles in June 2010, a bittersweet result for his lawyers.

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), who represented Bayles, said “it’s a tragedy that people have to die before you vindicate yourself.” Read more.

Lian Buan
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READ: At least 101 dead in Baybay City, Leyte due to Agaton

Inday Espina-Varona

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Aika Rey

‘A responsibility to act’: Locals first to help Agaton victims in Leyte

Volunteers for AGATONe relief campaign in Leyte. Photo from Rotaract Club of Tacloban

As soon as Agaton made landfall in Eastern Samar and distress calls started popping up on social media on Sunday, April 10, youth leader El Jan Pongos called up his contacts and started organizing a network to conduct relief operations for those who were hit hard.

By night, AGATONe (Agaton + One) was formed. The emergency relief campaign eventually became a collaboration of at least 11 different organizations as various networks started reaching out to organizers on how they could help.

Those who have worked with communities, those who have survived past disasters, those who can look past political differences are reaching out to fellow Leyteños.

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Brynch Bonachita

Pope Francis prays for victims of Tropical Storm Agaton

Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Mass in Coena Domini at the Civitavecchia prison in Civitavecchia, Italy, April 14, 2022. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with victims of Tropical Storm Agaton (Megi), offering “prayers for the dead, injured, and displaced as well as those engaged in recovery efforts.”

In a letter to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David on Thursday, April 14, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, relayed Pope Francis’ message.

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Bonz Magsambol