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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

Negros Occidental town vice mayor wants police chief out

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo, who is running for mayor, says she doesn't trust the town police will be impartial in investigating the ambush that killed her brother and nephew

Moises Padilla vice mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo is being interviewed at the Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Bacolod City on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental officials offer P2-M reward for killers of town councilor

Apr 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr says he would recommend placing Moises Padilla town under Comelec control

SURVIVOR. 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

Negros Occidental town vice mayor says she was target of ambush

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo believes the ambush that killed her brother and nephew was perpetrated by her political opponent

Negros Occidental town councilor, uncle shot dead

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) Police say around 20 men staged the attack on reelectionist Moises Padilla town Councilor Michael Garcia and Mark Garcia. Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo, a mayoral candidate who was with the campaign convoy, survives the attack.

Negros Occidental city councilor shot dead

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist Escalante City Councilor Bernardino Patigas was a former secretary-general of the Northern Negros Alliance of Human Rights

SLAIN COUNCILOR, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Reelectionist Escalante City Councilor Bernardino Patigas is killed on April 22, 2019. Photo from the Concerned Artists of the Philippines

7,000 religious sector, youth members form 'human chain' for coal-free Negros

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:01 AM

San Carlos Diocese pastoral director Fr. Edwin Laude says the protest against the building of a coal-fired power plant was the 'cause of everybody'

NO TO COAL. Members of the religious sector and the youth form a "human chain" in front of the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Monday, April 22, to oppose the entry of coal-fired power plant in the province. Photo by Marchel Espina

Choose candidates with environmental agenda – youth leaders

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Youth climate advocates from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao challenge candidates to help stop using coal energy and producing single-use plastic, among others

CALL TO ACTION. Youth leaders from across the Philippines gather in a unity declaration protest to stop environmental destruction. Photo by Claudia Gancayco

Why I skipped class

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:38 PM

If all of us take a step towards the right direction, we can move the Philippines forward

WATER PUMP. Then 15-year-old Stacy de Jesus facilitated the installation of a water pump in a purok in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

4 dead, 8 hurt after bus falls into ravine in Negros Occidental

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Police say the Ceres Bus Liner driver lost control of the bus when he was maneuvering the curved portion of the road in Barangay Igmayaan, Salvador Benedicto town

BUS CRASH. Rescuers at the site where a bus fell off a ravine in Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, on March 25, 2019. Photo courtesy of Frances Doren Balboa of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

The youth behind coal-free Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Behind the strike against coal in Negros Occidental is Youth for Climate Hope, a coalition pushing for climate justice and environmental protection

YOUTH. San Carlos Diocese Bishop Gerardo Alminaza poses with protesters in Youth Strike for Negros on March 6 at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol while holding the Executive Order declaring the province as coal-free. Photo by Rexor Amancio/ The Climate Reality Philippines

Rare albino bat spotted in Negros Occidental

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Danjugan Island is an important wildlife sanctuary in Negros Occidental, where animals like the rare albino bat take refuge, says the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation

RARE FIND. A rare albino bat was spotted in Danjugan Island in Cauayan town, Negros Occidental recently. Photo courtesy of Danjugan Island

Duterte campaigns for admin bets in Negros Occidental

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

President Duterte hopes to convince 1.7 million Negros Occidental voters to send his bets to the Senate in the May 2019 polls

DUTERTE-APPROVED. President Rodrigo Duterte poses with his Senate bets in front of thousands of Negrenses on Friday, March 8. RTVM screenshot

Police file rape charges vs Negros Occidental priest

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:54 AM

A parish priest in Cadiz City is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl

Otso Diretso bets want to restore Negros Island Region

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who was born and raised in Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, says he supports the return of the Negros Island Region

NATIVE SON. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano campaigns in his home province of of Negros Occidental. He says he was born and raised in Sipalay City. Photo by Mara Cepda/Rappler

Otso Diretso volunteers channel ‘people power’ to court Ilonggo vote

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Negros Occidental is part of Western Visayas, the bailiwick of Mar Roxas and the once-ruling Liberal Party

Otso Diretso volunteers to channel ‘people power’ to court Ilonggo vote. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Health workers on massive measles immunization drive in Negros Occidental

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang says health workers are going directly to communities and even schools to administer the measles vaccine to children

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE IMMUNIZATON. Health workers around the Philippines have gone out of health centers to administer free measles vaccines to children in their communities, after a spike in cases was observed in parts of the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

10-year-old girl found dead, hogtied in Negros Occidental

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Police catch the suspects – a 17-year-old boy and his 20-year-old brother – in a follow-up operation

SUSPECTS. These brothers allegedly killed the 10-year-old girl in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on Friday, January 4. Photo courtesy of Frances Doren Balboa of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

Negros Occidental city takes down Bong Go tarpaulin

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Silay City Mayor Mark Golez says the senatorial candidate's tarpaulin violates a city ordinance, which regulates and requires permits for advertisements

VIOLATION. The Silay City government takes down the tarpaulin of former special assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go displayed at the public plaza due to violation of a local ordinance. Photo from Silay City Mayor Mark Golez Facebook page

Child abuse complaint filed vs Sagay police over massacre case

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:08 PM

NUPL's Kathy Panguban claims that the police have been using an estranged father to get his son to testify that NPA rebels are behind the Sagay massacre

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Negros Oriental hospital chief shot dead

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) Dr Avelex Amor, director of Canlaon District Hospital, is attacked by 3 unidentified men in Barangay Basak, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental

GUNNED DOWN. Dr Adelex Amor, director of the Canlaon District Hospital in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Barangay Basak, Guihulngan City on November 20, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Guihulngan City Police Station

Local court dismisses murder raps vs Negros Occidental solon

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Branch 44 Judge Ana Celeste Bernad says there is no single incident that would implicate Melecio Yap Jr and his co-accused, Gregory Tuayon, in the murder of Eric Matugas

MELECIO YAP JR. Image from http://www.congress.gov.ph

Malacañang condemns killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Blaming Ramos' slaying on the government is 'baseless' and 'reckless,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Murder of 'Mabinay 6' lawyer 'an attack vs human rights movement'

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Human rights groups call on the government to 'act with urgency' in addressing the rising violence against human rights defenders

'Mabinay 6' lawyer shot dead in Negros Occidental

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) Human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was in front of a store near the public plaza in Kabankalan City when he was shot at close range by two unidentified men

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. People'€™s lawyer Benjamin Ramos is gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, on November 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

Duterte warns groups occupying lands: I will have you arrested, shot

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:25 AM

'If they resist violently, shoot them, and if they die, I do not care,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the thanksgiving dinner and 48th birthday celebration of Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, expresses his gratitude to the Former Foreign Affairs Secretary for his efforts in advancing the country's interest in the international community and helping Filipinos overseas. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'

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

Police file murder charges vs 2 Sagay massacre suspects

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The suspects, identified as National Federation of Sugar Workers recruiters Rene Manlangit and Rogelio Arquillo, remain at large

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

AFP chief sees CPP-NPA hand in Sagay massacre

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Communists may have fired an 'agitation shot' that catalyzed the shooting of the Negros Occidental farmers, says military chief Lt General Carlito Galvez

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Duterte cancels visit to wake of 9 farmers killed in Negros Occidental

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Heavy rains force President Duterte to call off his personally condoling with the relatives of the slain farmers in Sagay City

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

NBI steps in to probe massacre of Sagay farmers

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Western Visayas Police tag communists in the killings

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photo from PNP Western Visayas

CHR on Negros farmers' slay: Death should not be price of claiming one's rights

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:14 PM

CHR's regional office in Bacolod City sends a fact-finding team 'to find out the truth in the incident towards ascertaining accountabilities'

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

'Nakakagalit, nakakagimbal': Netizens decry death of 9 farmers in Negros Occidental

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:37 PM

This is the eighth recorded incident of farmers being killed under Duterte's administration

Negros farmers' recruiter 'left them' before the bloodbath

Oct 22, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Western Visayas top cop John Bulalacao says the farmers may have been used as bait by the New People's Army to incite hate against the government

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Duterte to visit wake of slain Negros farmers

Oct 22, 2018 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to fly to Sagay City in Negros Occidental, following the massacre of 9 sugarcane farmers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UK envoy 'horrified' by killing of 9 Negros farmers

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:29 AM

British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce says the murder of 9 farm workers in Negros Occidental is 'a tragedy for the victims and their loved ones'

FARMERS' SLAY. British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce condemns the killing of 9 farm workers in Negros Occidental. File photo from Ateneo's Facebook page

PNP probes person of interest in Negros farmers' slay

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Local police say it is too early to blame the armed communist group, the New People's Army, as perpetrators of the killings

POI EYED. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at a Camp Crame press briefing. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Malacañang condemns killing of 9 Negros farmers

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the government 'will enforce the full wrath' of the law against those who killed 9 farmers in Negros Occidental

FARMERS' SLAY. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang condemns the killing of 9 farmers in Negros Occidental. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler