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Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

31 released from Negros crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Prosecutors order the release after finding out the suspects were not members of the rebel group New People's Army

RELEASED. Jose Max Ortiz (center) fetches his clients, the 21 terminated workers earlier accused as members of the New People's Army. Photo by Marchel Espina

44 activists arrested in Negros crackdown charged

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

For security reasons, the suspects are charged inside the headquarters of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office

Authorities file criminal charges against the 44 individuals believed to be members of New People's Army at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City on Monday, November 4. Photo courtesy of Army 3rd Infantry Division

Supreme Court on arrests of 62 activists: File case if you want

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'The proper remedy is to file a motion to quash either before the court that issued [search warrants], or before the court where the cases are eventually filed,' says the Supreme Court

SEARCH WARRANTS. Supreme Court reminds judges to be 'deliberate, circumspect and prudent' in the issuance of search warrants. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

AirAsia seen to tame sky-high airfares in Bacolod

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Bacolod City residents now have more reasons to smile, as AirAsia launches its 12th domestic destination there

Duterte orders Espenido: 'Go, start killing' in Bacolod

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

President Duterte dispatches to the city he describes as 'badly hit now' a freshly minted Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espinosa

SENT BY DUTERTE. Controversial police officer Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido faces the local media at the Bacolod City Police Office headquarters Wednesday night, October 16. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental orders temporary ban of pork imports from Luzon

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The province says, because it is the country's top producer of backyard swine, it has enough supply of, pork for their consumption

SAFE. Members of the African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental led by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena eat lechon on Tuesday, September 10, to assure the public that locally-produced pork is safe to consume. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

5 tons of illegally imported pork products seized in Bacolod port

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Negros Occidental forms Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force to keep the province free from the virus

CONFISCATED. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson checks the illegally imported pork products that were seized on Wednesday, September 11, at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Provincial Capitol

Woman gunned down near Bacolod police station

Aug 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

This is the 3rd killing in Negros Occidental in 3 days

CRIME SCENE. A woman is shot to death along Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, just a few meters from the city police station, on August 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of John Patrick Amacio

Bacolod nurse helps deliver baby on international flight

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

‘Many people think that what I did was a heroic act. But I only did what a nurse should do when they are in a situation like this,’ says the 25-year-old Francis Dominic Mendoza

Francis Dominic Mendoza of Bacolod City delivers a baby boy while aboard an international flight./Photo courtesy of Francis Mendoza

IN PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ community, allies hold Pride parade in Bacolod City

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Organizers say that the Pride parade in Bacolod City serves as a mourning, a protest, and a celebration

PRIDE MARCH. LGBTQ+ youth and allies form the frontlines of the parade. Photo by Jorge Gamboa

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Bacolod youth coalition heeds global call to strike for climate justice on May 24

May 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Istorya Klima, an interactive community event at the Bacolod Public Plaza, aims to start conversations in compelling and innovative ways through art, music, and storytelling

Graphic from Youth for Climate Hope

Grupo Progreso wins big in Bacolod City

May 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The official proclamation is delayed as defective secure device (SD) cards from 4 clustered precincts halted the counting of votes

REELECTION. The City Board of Canvassers officially proclaims incumbent Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia. Photo from Evelio "Bing" Leonardia Facebook page

Top drug suspect in Western Visayas killed in buy-bust

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:00 PM

High-value target Leoner Jalandoon of Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, is killed after allegedly resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation

Bacolod police arrest couple, seize P9.66 million worth of shabu

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Authorities recover 275 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 1.38 kilos

BIG HAUL. Authorities recover P9.66 million worth of drugs in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of RDEU-6

IYAS La Salle National Writers' Workshop announces fellows for 2019

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:37 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The workshop will be held from March 31 to April 6, at the Balay Kalinungan Complex of the University of St La Salle, Bacolod City

Governor declares Negros Occidental coal-free

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr signs EO declaring that only clean and renewable sources of energy will be allowed in their province

Some of the students who joined the "Youth Strike for Negros on Wednesday, March 6./Contributed Photo

What made Duterte suspect Bacolod top cop Ebreo of drug links?

Jan 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

President Duterte claims Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo demonstrated 'strange behavior' that indicated he was at the very least a 'protector cop'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interviews one of the witnesses of the Batocabe Murder Case along with Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, at the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on January 15, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Call for applications: 19th IYAS La Salle national writers’ workshop

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:31 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The workshop fellowship screening committee accepts creative work in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Kinaray-a, Filipino, and English

Bacolod City councilor and his wife survive ambush

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:49 PM

(UPDATED) Unidentified gunmen waylay Councilor Ricardo Tan and his wife Nenita

The car of Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan was peppered with bullets by unidentified men./Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Bacolod

Bacolod City councilors scuffle in session hall

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Councilors Claudio Puentevella and Dindo Ramos slug it out during a session of the Bacolod City council

FISTFIGHT. A screenshot of Bacolod City Councilor Claudio Puentevella punching fellow councilor Dindo Ramos. Video courtesy of Bacolod City PIO

Senate approves bill setting June 18 as Bacolod Charter Day

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:16 AM

'After 80 years, we will now have our history in proper order,' says Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia

CHANGING HISTORY. Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia with some senators on September 10, 2018. Contributed photoÂ

Bacolod breaks ground on first-ever drug rehab center

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The first drug rehabilitation center of Bacolod will also cater to drug dependents from other localities

Shootout in Bacolod kills 3, injures 3

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

The two suspects have just robbed a panel van of a cigarette firm in neighboring Bago City when police chanced upon them at the city boundary

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

In Bacolod City, teachers stage rally ahead of SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Gualberto Dajao, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros, says they hope their concerns will reach President Rodrigo Duterte

P3M worth of drugs seized in Bacolod

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:31 PM

The City Drug Enforcement Unit in Bacolod arrests high-value target Rayden Palomero, an alleged illegal drug supplier in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD POLICE. Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, the acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). Photo from the Bacolod City Police Facebook page

Western Visayas’ Quitoy sets stunning record in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:09 PM

News of the overwhelming way Ann Katherine Quitoy smashed the Palaro record in the javelin throw attracts lots of scholarship offers

Ann Katherine Quitoy Photo: Raymon Dullana/Rappler

In Bacolod, media oppression, Cha-Cha hit on People Power anniv

Feb 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The protesters stress the critical role of the media in the historic 1986 event

NEVER AGAIN. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines national director Nonoy Espina calls on the public to stand with the press during the 32nd commemoration of Edsa People Power revolution in Bacolod City, Saturday. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental public school teachers demand pay hike

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:04 AM

More than 2,000 teachers in Bacolod City and neighboring areas join the protest rally

TEACHERS' PAY HIKE. Thousands of public teachers in Negros Occidental join the nationwide protest to call on the administration to raise the pay of teachers. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Stephen Speaks singer's phone stolen during show in Bacolod

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The phone of singer-songwriter Rockwell Ryan Ripperger is immediately returned after the thief is nabbed

Bacolod courts dispose of 2,900 cases in 2017

Feb 03, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Court records show 2,222 were criminal cases, including illegal drug charges

LOOK: New Araneta-Magsaysay flyover in Bacolod

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The P32-million flyover is located at the busy intersection of Araneta Avenue and Magsaysay Avenue which caters to about 40,000 vehicles daily

Mouthwatering PFL Final Four kicks off this weekend

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:27 PM

It's still anyone's title as Ceres, Kaya, Meralco and Global collide in two sizzling matchups

Ashley Flores of Meralco fires a shot past Global's Wesley Dos Santos. Image by Bob Guerrero

3 children die in Bacolod fire

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The siblings, aged 2 to 4 years old, were alone in their home when the fire broke out, authorities say

BACOLOD FIRE. A fire in a private residence in Bacolod City kills 3 siblings aged 2 to 4 years old, on November 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Frances Doren Balboa of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

Angry protesters greet Duterte's Bacolod visit

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:59 AM

The protesters assail Duterte for his failed campaign promises, and are calling on the President to address issues like unemployment and wage increases

ANGER. Some members of the militant groups from Negros Occidental hold a protest hours before President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive in Bacolod City, October 22, 2017. Photo courtesy Glazyl Y. Masculino

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

2-year-old boy, 6 others rescued from Bacolod cybersex den

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

The victims include the children nieces and neighbors of the alleged operator of the cybersex den

Locator map of Bacolod City

3 minors rescued in Bacolod cybersex raid

May 06, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The victims were allegedly exploited by one of the minors mothers and were told to pose nude for a foreign audience online say authorities

News Briefs: March 7, 2017

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 7

Ear acupuncture: Alternative treatment for drug addicts

Feb 25, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ear acupuncture – not only inexpensive but said to be very potent as well – is part of Bacolod City’s community based drug rehabilitation program

Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

News Briefs: February 8, 2017

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday February 8

2 cops linked to Christmas robbery-slay in Bacolod

Jan 19, 2017 - 8:57 PM

The two policemen and 3 unidentified men are tagged in the robbery slay of a Chinese businessman and a security guard as well as the shooting of 3 Chinese nationals in Bacolod City on Christmas night December 25

Bacolod mayor dismissed over illegal furniture procurement

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The Ombudsman finds Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and 8 other officials guilty of grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty

Leonardia is also set to face trial before Sandiganbayan for graft charges. Photo from Mayor Evelio Leonardia's Facebook page

Ex-cop shot dead in Bacolod

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Ernie Jaminal succumbs to two gunshot wounds to his neck and back

Thousands affirm support for Duterte in Bacolod amid EDSA rally

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Members of the Kilusang Pagbabago in Negros Island Region troop to the public plaza on November 30 to rally support for the Duterte administration s bid for real change

Negrenses reaffirm their support to President Rodrigo Duterte during a rally at the Bacolod public plaza, Wednesday/Glazyl Y. Masculino

Iggy Arroyo's grandson, village chief nabbed for drugs in Bacolod

Nov 29, 2016 - 2:35 PM

UPDATED Joshua Arroyo part of the drug watchlist of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is later released upon the recommendation of the city prosecutor