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Negros town councilor, pastor gather 62,000 face masks for Taal eruption victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Dubbed 'From Negros and Panay with Love,' Councilor Jason Tupas and Pastor Russell Ban also distribute a generator set, hand towels, used clothes, toiletries, water containers

HELP. Hinobaan, Negros Occidental Councilor Jason Tupas (right), Pastor Russell Ban of Roxas City, Capiz (2nd from left) meet Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas after they arrive in Batangas on Thursday, January 16. Photo courtesy of Jason Tupas

Advocates say ‘clean coal’ a false solution to Philippine climate crisis

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'There is no such thing as clean coal [when] it still emits carbon dioxide and other pollutants,' Rodne Galicha, lead convenor of Living Laudato Si Philippines, says

ECO NOT EGO. Some students join the Global Youth Climate Strike at Plaza Libertad, Iloilo City on Friday, September 20. The strike is a call for climate justice from government and companies. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

8-year-old boy shoots father dead

Nov 21, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The father scolds his son whom he found him playing with their revolver. Moments later, the boy shoots his father with the weapon.

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

Tourism helps Negros Occidental fishermen ease pressure on Tañon Strait

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ecotourism is encouraged in communities near marine protected areas not only because it generates funds, but also because it supports fishermen who want to supplement their income

ECOTOURISM. Community-based tourism has freed Abednigo Villacastin and other fishermen of Sitio Kalipay from the anxiety caused before by rampant commercial fishing. Photo courtesy of Oceana

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

Ranger, researcher, relentless learner: Meet Joy Hekrdle

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Hardship taught me to strive for better conditions,' says Joy Hekrdle, one of Oceana's Ocean Heroes in 2017

PROTECTING THE SEAS. Jocelyn Hekrdle (extreme right) and her 6 scholars. Photo courtesy of Oceana

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

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

Inside the church with an angry-looking Christ

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:06 PM

An angry-looking Jesus. Images of tormented souls in purgatory. An all-seeing eye. A chapel in Negros Occidental gives us a glimpse of Judgment Day.

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

Poll protest vs neophyte Negros Occidental town mayor dismissed

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Irene Montilla defeated Joselito Malabor in the 2019 mayoral election in Isabela, Negros Occidental, by just 48 votes

UPHELD. Mayor Irene Montilla of Isabela town, Negros Occidental, scores a win after the election protest filed against her by her predecessor is dismissed on October 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental town mayor focuses on peace and order, not tourism

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo wants 'to make sure that peace and order is already felt by the people themselves'

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (right) meets with some of the residents in an upland barangay in her municipality recently./Marchel Espina Photo

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Lightning strike kills farmer, injures 3 in Negros Occidental town

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The 42-year-old farmer and his 3 companions were seeking refuge from a heavy downpour when the incident happened, say local officials

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES. A farmer was killed after being struck my lightning in Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental on September 11, 2019. Image from Shutterstock

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

MAP Negros killings since July 2016

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many reports say that the methods of killings usually involve gunmen barging into homes, riding-in-tandem shooting at close range, and masked men trailing people

Senate hearing on Negros killings

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:02 AM

In a span of 10 days in July, the island saw 21 people dead at the hands of gunmen. Watch the start of the Senate probe live on Rappler on August 26.

Poll protest vs Negros Occidental mayor dismissed

Aug 24, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Branch 49 junks the electoral protest filed by former mayor Magdaleno Peña against his niece, Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo

LOCAL CHIEF. Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo holds a dialogue with the residents of far-flung Barangay Quintin Remo on August 19, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Groups seek unity, action to help end killings in Negros Island

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Human rights advocates and progressive groups stress the importance of standing in solidarity with victims of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations in Negros Island

LIGHT. The forum at the University of the Philippines Asian Center ends with a candle-lighting ceremony commemorating the victims of the killings in Negros Island on Thursday, August 1. Photo by Pat Echano/Rappler

Duterte to use emergency powers to stop Negros violence

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the reward money for the capture of killers of 4 policemen and vows to 'replicate the atrocious acts' allegedly perpetrated by communist rebels

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to one of the slain police officers as he visits the wake at Camp Lt. Col. Francisco C. Fernandez Jr. in Sibulan, Negros Oriental on July 20, 2019. During his visit, the President honors the four police officers who were killed in an ambush by suspected communist rebels last July 18. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Death comes unprovoked upon Negros Island

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Masked men wearing 'police' shirts killed her husband two days after Christmas last year. ‘It was nothing to them. It was like killing a pig or a stray dog,’ Cedine Isugan says.

INDIGNATION. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of Negros Island killings at a rally in Quezon City on July 27, 2019. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Negros Occidental rice farmland damage rises to P7.18 million

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist says the monsoon rain has ruined a total of 1,092 hectares of rice fields so far

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Monsoon rain destroys P4.15 million worth of rice in Negros Occidental

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Some 433 farmers were affected by rain from the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas), says the Department of Agriculture

Negros Occidental prosecutor dismisses murder complaint vs mayor

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The Office of the Provincial Prosecutor says the complainant 'failed to sufficiently establish' that Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo and two other officials were behind the killing of a political campaigner in 2016

VICTORY. Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo scores another legal victory as  provincial prosecutors dismissed a murder complaint against her. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Youth, advocates continue fight for coal-free Negros amid new leadership

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The protest turned into a time of celebration as youth, environmental advocates have once again proven that their voice can make a difference to continue fight for coal-free Negros

Activists from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice. Photo by Jorge Gamboa

Negros Occidental town mayor claims predecessor failed to turn over documents

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo says she has yet to receive official town documents and records from her predecessor, former mayor Magdaleno Peña

NEW MAYOR. Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo says her predecessor, Magdaleno Peña, who is also her uncle, failed to turn over the town documents and records to her Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Arroyo winds up 'sentimental journey' in Negros Occidental

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Outgoing Speaker Gloria Arroyo visits the Bacolod-Silay Airport and the Northern Negros National Park

TREK. Outgoing Speaker Gloria Arroyo (3rd,left) at the Northern Negros Natural Park in Negros Occidental on June 28, 2019, with local officials. Photo by Marchel Espina

Sea turtle found dead in Negros Occidental

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics

SAD DISCOVERY. Residents found this dead sea turtle along the shores of Barangay Poblacion in Valladolid, Negros Occidental on June 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bill KratzerÂ

Negros Occidental school opens plastic-free canteen

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The ‘wala usik’ (zero waste) canteen uses mugs made from bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY. Students of Bulata National High School use mugs made from indigenous materials to reduce plastic waste. Photo courtesy of PRRCFI

Defeated mayor in Negros Occidental slapped with P1.2M countercharge

May 31, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Moises Padilla mayor-elect Ella Garcia Yulo says the defeated mayor, her uncle Magdaleno Peña, has failed to substantiate his allegations of electoral fraud

2 defeated mayors in Negros Occidental file petitions for recount

May 27, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Their winning rivals ask Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña and Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor to accept the election results and move on

PROTESTS. Losing mayors Joselito Malabor of Isabela (left) and Magdaleno Peña of Moises Padilla, both in Negros Occidental, file petitions for recount with the La Carlota regional trial court. Sourced photos

Negros Occidental town buries slain councilor it made topnotcher

May 20, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Moises Padilla town lays to rest Michael Garcia, who, despite being killed in an ambush, is reelected the No. 1 councilor

Residents of Moises Padilla mourn the deaths of the Garcias as they paid their last respects at San Isidro Labrador Parish on Saturday, May 18.Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Losing Negros Occidental town mayor seeks recount of votes

May 17, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor questions the validity of the election results after losing to a neophyte candidate

Slain Negros Occidental official tops councilor race

May 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

He should be serving his 3rd term as councilor of the small town of Moises Padilla, but Michael Garcia was killed in an ambush on April 25

PROCLAIMED. Moises Padilla election officer Jesus Gaston (left) proclaims the winning slate of Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (2nd from left) on May 14, 2019. Contributed Photo

Bittersweet win for Negros Occidental town official who survived ambush

May 14, 2019 - 5:24 AM

'This is a clear statement of Moises Padilla,' says Vice Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo after her overwhelming victory over reelectionist Mayor Magdaleno Peña

Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo casts her vote at Moises Padilla Elementary School on Monday, May 13./Photo by Marchel Espina

28 arrested for vote buying, illegal campaign in Negros Occidental town

May 13, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Police say reelectionist Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña called them to question some of the arrests

EVIDENCE. Police seize sample ballots enclosed with P1,000 cash from 28 suspects in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, on May 12,2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental police on alert for roadblocks on Election Day

May 13, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Negros Occidental policemen are considering using army trucks to bring voters to precincts

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a command conference with officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police of Negros Occidental at the Department of Education Moises Padilla District Office on May 8, 2019. Joining the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Priest in violence-hit Negros Occidental town urges voters to 'be strong'

May 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

A priest in the town of Moises Padilla, which is under Comelec control due to recent killings, emphasizes the importance of the 2019 midterm polls

Ftr. Jose Rodel Sampollo during a mass on Sunday, May 12, at the Parish of San Isidro Labrador in Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Guns, goons, killings in small Negros Occidental town

May 11, 2019 - 8:36 PM

In the town of Moises Padilla, intense political rivalry and the presence of communist rebels make for a bloody campaign

MARIJO GARCIA (left), wife of the slain brother of Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Yulo (standing), speaks to the media for the first time on May 5, 2019, with her 18-year-old son Joaquin and 12-year-old daughter. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Duterte assures justice for victims of Negros Occidental ambush

May 09, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The president personally tells the Moises Padilla town vice mayor that justice will be served in the killing of her brother and nephew last month

ASSURANCE. File photo of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte warns Negros Occidental mayor: ‘Allow everybody to vote freely’

May 09, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental is under the control of the Commission on Elections in the wake of the killings

President Rodrigo Duterte during a speech at a campaign rally in Garcia-Hernandez town in Bohol on Thursday night, May 9. RTVM screenshot

Negros Occidental town placed under Comelec control

May 06, 2019 - 4:53 PM

This comes after the killing of two reelectionist councilors, along with other violent incidents, in the town of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental

UNDER CONTROL. Comelec Commissioners Antonio Kho (3rd from right) and Rowena Guanzon (4th from right) declare Moises Padilla under its control Monday, with Negros Occidental police director Col. Romeo Baleros (left) and Army 303rd Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo (2nd from left)./Contributed Photo

Negros Occidental town mayor denies link to April 25 ambush

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Meanwhile, Moises Padilla Councilor Agustin Grande III offers a P2.5 million reward to anyone who can give details leading to the arrest of those perpetrating killings in the town

SURVIVING. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr condoles with Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo following the fatal ambush of her brother and nephew. Photo courtesy of Richard Malihan