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Negros Oriental hospital chief shot dead

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Dr Adelex 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

P500,000 reward up over farmers' slay in Negros Occidental

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(4th UPDATE) Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr condemns the killing of 9 farmers at Hacienda Nene in his hometown of Sagay City

REWARD OFFERED. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr with Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr, provincial police director, at the Sagay City Police Station on October 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Aksyon Radyo Bacolod

9 farmers killed at Negros Occidental hacienda

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Dozens of armed men allegedly fired at the farmers inside Hacienda Nene on Saturday night, October 20

Photo courtesy of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

Arroyo sister-in-law seeks congressional seat in Negros Occidental

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca seeks the seat that her late brother Ignacio Arroyo Jr occupied in the 5th district until 2012

BROTHER'S SEAT. Ma. Lourdes "Marilou" Arroyo Lesaca files her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman of the 5th district of Negros Occidental on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The position was held by her brother Ignacio Arroyo Jr until he died in 2012. Photo courtesy of Teresa Ellera

Former Cadiz mayor gets jail term for firing employees 20 years ago

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The Sandiganbayan finds former mayor Eduardo Varela in violation of Republic Act 6656, which protects the security of tenure of civil service personnel

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'

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

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

Radio broadcaster's house strafed in Negros Occidental

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Former Negros Press Club president Rey Siason was not at home when the incident happened

PROOF OF ATTACK. The recovered empty shells and deformed slugs of . 45 caliber pistol recovered from the residence of Rey Siason. Photo courtesy of Rey SiasonÂ

Negros Occidental town vice mayor, husband surrender

Sep 12, 2018 - 6:57 PM

A police checkpoint in December 2017 found grenades, guns and suspected drugs inside the car of the Yulo couple

Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo and her husband, Felix Mathias Yulo III, were subjects of two arrest warrants issued by La Carlota City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez on August 20 after they were charged for illegal possession of explosives, and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Suspected shabu, P6.8M bribe money seized in Negros Occidental

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The buy-bust operation in San Carlos City is a joint operation of Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Philippine Army

Negros Occidental updates preps as Mt Kanlaon remains on Alert Level 2

Jul 14, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Provincial disaster risk management officials say there is no cause for alarm yet but local communities should always be prepared for a 'worst case scenario'

MOUNT KANLAON. Negros Occidental prepares for worst case scenario€™ as Mount Kanlaon remains on Alert Level 2. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental execs urge PNP to solve mayors' killings

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:53 AM

'If the PNP can’t protect the mayors, how can the ordinary people feel secure?' says Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives

LOCAL CHIEFS. Mayors in Negros Occidental strongly condemn the killings of local chief executives in the country. Photo courtesy of Teresa D. Ellera

No more plastic bags in San Carlos City

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

If they can do it, other cities surely can, too

Tobaccos wrapped in paper material are sold by bulks.Photo by Claudia Gancayco

Robredo swears in new Liberal Party members in Negros Occidental

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'It is much better to open the party membership to non-politicians because we are assured that they join the party not to win the election but because we have the same principles,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NEW MEMBERS. Some of the new members of the Liberal Party from Negros Occidental who took their oath before Vice President Leni Robredo on June 14, 2018. Contributed photo

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office

Fish kill hits towns in Bulacan, Negros Occidental

May 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The fish kill claimed P17 million worth of milkfish in Bulacan, spanning an area of at least 150 hectares

LOOK: Zamboanga City footbridge collapses during officials’ inspection

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco appeals to the House of Representatives to probe the 'poor state' of NHA's housing project for families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga City siege

Zamboanga footbridge. Credit to Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato/Zamboanga City government

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

Tears, triumph mix as Palaro heartbreak kid turns champion

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:48 PM

After years of trying, Erwin Mancao of Misamis Oriental finally bags a gold in athletics

EMOTIONAL

Lightning strike kills 6 in Negros Occidental

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Four of the fatalities are siblings, aged 9 to 12

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. Two of the 6 fatalities in the lightning strike in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, on April 18, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sipalay City Police Station

Retired cop, ex-soldier shot dead in Negros Occidental town

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Police say 4 men arrived at a wake in Isabela town and shot 3 guests, all men, at close range

Bacolod grandma graduates high school with flying colors

Apr 07, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Night class student Rosita Locsin, 67, receives two medals for high academic ratings and for being a role model

GRADUATE. Sixty-seven-year-old Rosita Locsin during her graduation. Photo courtesy of Carla Canet

Negrenses welcome home PNPA valedictorian

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Inspector Fritz John Vallador, who topped this year's Philippine National Police Academy graduating class, is living proof that poverty is not an obstacle to success

HOMECOMING. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr welcomes Inspector Fritz John Vallador, this year’s Philippine National Police Academy valedictorian, at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on March 26, 2018. Capitol Photo

Negros Occidental city declares measles outbreak

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Kabankalan City is near the boundary of neighboring province Negros Oriental, where a measles outbreak has also been declared

Sereno urges students to fight for 'independent judiciary'

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'Fight for freedom – want it, demand it, claim it,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells students in a forum in Bacolod City

'INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses over a thousand students at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in a forum dubbed as 'The Road to Judicial Reform: Achieving Justice Through the Rule of Law' on March 13, 2018. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Pope names new bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines succeeds Bishop Patricio Abella Buzon, who was made bishop of Bacolod in May 2016

NEW BISHOP. Monsignor Louie Patalinghug Galbines, 52, is named bishop of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental. File photo from the Diocese of Bacolod/CBCP News

Sachets of drugs found hidden in Bible

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The suspects cut a hole in the Bible to hide the contraband

HIDDEN. Sachets of suspected shabu are found hidden in a Bible during a buy-bust operation in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Photo courtesy of Joseph Daquel/RMN DYHB

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

Habal-habal driver in Negros Occidental yields P6.82M worth of drugs

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The suspect, 29-year-old Christian Unabia, faces charges for sale and possession of illegal drugs

Thousands of families affected by floods, heavy rains in Negros Occidental

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Office says heavy rains caused neck-deep floods in some villages in Victorias City

FLOOD. Heavy rains cause floods in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, on Friday, January 12. Photo courtesy of Carla N. Canet