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Brother of Bacolod ex-councilor shot dead

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Robert 'Kaishek' Tan dies after being shot at least 5 times in the head by motorcycle-riding assailants

ATTACK. The vehicle of Robert 'Kaishek' Tan was riddled with bullets after he was waylaid by unknown assailants on Sunday, December 15, in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office

Bacolod resident found dead following reported abduction

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The body of Ontao Sacar is found hogtied with two gunshot wounds to the head beside a hotel in Barangay Mandalagan on Tuesday morning, December 3. The words, 'I love drugs' are also painted on his body.

PLACARD. This placard was found near a victim who was brutally killed in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office.

Early morning fire kills 6 in Bacolod

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Police say 4 others were injured, including an Australian

DEADLY BLAZE. An eary morning fire hit the Java Pension house in Bacolod City on November 26, 2019. Contributed photo

Bacolodnons emphasize community's role in upholding truth on social media

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

During #MoveBacolod: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local journalists and student leaders stress how everyone plays a role in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe

DISCUSSION. Journalists and student leaders discuss how everyone has a role to play in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe in today’s times during #MoveBacolod at the Mutien Marie Auditorium A in University of St. La Salle on November 16. Photo from Karl Brian Marqueza/The Spectrum

Bacolod journos call for vigilance as verdict on Maguindanao massacre nears

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Officials and members of the Negros Press Club and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Bacolod chapter light candles to mark the death anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

COMMEMORATION. Andrea Jayme, her daughter Hina Sofia Danielle Bianca Tugot, and Dennis Rubica of Bombo Radyo Bacolod light candles at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists at the Bacolod City public plaza on November 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center or NOLITC breaks ground as the pioneering robotics center run by a local government unit

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) leads the launching of the provincial government’s robotics program in Bacolod City on Tuesday, November 19, with Melvin Matulac, founder of Pinoy Robot Games, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator./Marchel Espina photo

Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

Fact-finding team finds irregularities in Negros mass arrests

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Bayan Muna spokesperson Teddy Casiño says the raiding team claimed the 'firearms and grenades' were recovered in plain sight – in tables, cabinets and the kitchen sink

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate, Fr. Melvin Fajardo of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Clarizza Singson of Karapatan-Negros, Bayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño, Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, Elmer Labog of Kilusang Mayo Uno, former Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano, and Defend Negros convenor Ariel Casilao (l-r) in a press conference in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 7. Marchel Espina/Rappler

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

Citing legit warrants, DILG says no crackdown on militant groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says it's the police's job 'to monitor communist groups'

NO CRACKDOWN? Department of the Interior and Local Government Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the raids and arrests made in progressive groups' offices are just 'in furtherance of a warrant of arrest issued by a competent court.' Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MovePH brings #MoveBacolod to University of St La Salle

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:51 PM

#MoveBacolod will happen on November 16 at the Mutien Marie Auditorium A. Tickets to the public forum are free but seats are limited!

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

Crackdown? Same QC judge issues warrants vs 58 activists in Manila, Bacolod

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Bayan Muna calls on the Supreme Court to review if the actions of Quezon City Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert followed proper procedures

PROTEST. Members of Gabriela and Kadamay picket in front of the headquarters of the Manila Police District. Photo by Inoue Jaena

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

Truckload of siopao worth P1.1 million intercepted in Bacolod port

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force says the shipment came from Mandaue City in Cebu but was manufactured in Quezon

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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

IN PHOTOS: Fans flock to Bacolod’s 2nd pop culture convention

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Bacolod Convention of Pop Culture is one of the activities of the MassKara Festival

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

Duterte calls out ex-Bacolod mayor for distorting his speeches

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The President says he did not name the incumbent Bacolod City mayor to as a drug protector

SPLICED. Combo photos of President Rodrigo Duterte and former Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentebella.

Roxas shares same anecdote on vendors' plight in Bacolod sorties

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Mar Roxas shares stories of vendors burdened by rising expenses to push for the repeal of the excise tax on fuel

'MR PALENGKE'. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas with vendors and customers during his market visit to Bacolod City on March 13, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mar Roxas

Otso Diretso bets dismiss 'falling out' claims

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) Former interior secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Bam Aquino say they have no time to get sidetracked by 'counterproductive intrigues' as they work hard to improve the opposition slate's chances in the May elections

ROXAS IN BACOLOD. Opposition senatorial bet Mar Roxas meets with the various sectors at a village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, on March 13, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Grace Poe in Bacolod: Better to vote for mixed slate

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The reelectionist senator, who is running as an independent, says it 'would really be for the advantage of everyone' if lawmakers come from different parties and persuasions

INDEPENDENT. Grace Poe, who visits Burgos market in Bacolod, says being party-less allows her more flexibility in her campaign schedule. Photo courtesy of Team Grace Poe

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

Bacolod bishop urges speedy resolution of businessman's slay

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod says the killing of businessman Alex Yao 'has no place in our Christian communities, more so, in our society that upholds the principles of law and order'

SCENE OF THE CRIME off. Police cordon the area outside the Redemptorist Churchin Bacolod City where businessman Alex Yao and his wife were attacked on February 19, 2019. Contributed photo

Businessman shot dead outside Bacolod church

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Unknown gunmen kill Bacolod businessman Alex Yao and injure his wife Ma. Teresa

Bacolod cop shot dead in broad daylight

Jan 26, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'There are derogatory reports about him on illegal drugs but we're still validating it,' says the investigator

SHOT DEAD.  Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado of Bacolod Police Station 6 is shot dead by two unidentified assailants 8am of January 26, 2019.

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

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang 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 flights cancelled, delayed due to airport closure on November 9

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The Bacolod-Silay airport will be closed from 8 am to 12 noon to conduct a full scale emergency exercise in compliance with its aerodrome certification

CLOSED. Bacolod-Silay Airport will be closed on November 9 from 8 am to 12 noon. Photo from CAAP

With rights campaign, Bacolod youth debunk ‘apathetic millennial’ image

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Youth organizations and student councils are coming together to push for the implementation of Bacolod's Students’ Rights and Welfare ordinance

FOR THE STUDENTS. Various student leaders in Bacolod gathered to learn more about students' rights and welfare. Photo courtesy of Winston Daffon

PIA feeds Bacolod journalists interview questions for Bong Go

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine Information Agency’s support for the activities of a non-government official, especially one running for senator, goes against its stated functions

Journalists slam PNP over door-to-door bid for good coverage

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'Government forces must never harass, intimidate, or attack journalists who are just doing their jobs,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

FOR GOOD COVERAGE. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Police visit newspaper office in Bacolod to ask for favorable coverage

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:24 PM

SunStar Bacolod editor-in-chief Marchel Espina says the visit – directed by the PNP national headquarters – is 'bordering on intimidation'

Bacolod university slammed for showing ‘Justice for Marcos’ videos

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) ‘The pro-martial law videos...[show] that there are those who still get the dictator as their hero,’ says the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos