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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

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison

Rights groups question warrants issued by Cebu judge vs Negros 14

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:13 AM

After a fact-finding mission, rights groups question why the search warrant was issued by a court in another province when there are regional trial courts in Negros Oriental

RIGHTS GROUPS UNITE. Photos by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into farmers' killings

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the killings of farmers 'prove the inability' of the government to maintain peace and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes

SLAIN BROTHERS. Wake of brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Natokhang din sa Negros Oriental ang ating konsyensya

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Kakambal ng giyera kontra-droga at giyera laban sa Kaliwa ang pagkamanhid natin

Cops in bloody Negros Oriental operations took victims' money – relatives

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The families of the victims claim the cops executed their kin even after they yielded to authorities. They also note other irregularities in the raids.

BULLET HOLES. Leonora Avelino shows the bullet holes in their bed where her husband Ismael was shot to death during the police operation in their home in Canlaon City on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Christian group condemns bloody police ops in Negros Oriental

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Respecting the rights of the people, even if they are suspected of misdeeds, is a hallmark of a truly democratic society,' the National Council of Churches in the Philippines says

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

Makabayan seeks probe into bloody Negros Oriental police operations

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The lawmakers say the police operations aim to 'sow terror in their communities and deprive the Makabayan bloc of votes in the upcoming elections'

MAKABAYAN BLOC. Representatives Ariel Casilao, Sarah Elago, Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, France Castro, and Arlene Brosas are 6 of the 7-member Makabayan bloc. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rights groups call for independent probe into Negros Oriental killings

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The killings are 'the handiwork of vicious butchers and men in uniform intoxicated by power,' says Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay

Anakpawis partylist stormed in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City to demand justice for the Negros 14 or victims of mass killing in Negros Oriental brought about by the joint police and millitary operations carrying out Oplan Sauron last March 30. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Negros Oriental police chief, 3 others sacked after killing of 14

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) The police chiefs of Canlaon City, and the municipalities of Manjuyod and Santa Catalina have also been relieved as a probe begins

14 killed in police operations in Negros Oriental

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The operations in Canlaon City and the towns of Manjuyod, Sta Catalina, and Mabinay lead to the arrest of at least 15 people alleged to be NPA supporters

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill Negros Oriental board member

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Provincial Board Member Miguel Dungog, president of the Councilors League of Negros Oriental, is shot in the head as he walked to the Silliman University Medical Center from his parked vehicle

KILLED. Negros Oriental Board Member Miguel Dungog is shot dead in Dumaguete City on March 25, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of BM Migs Dungog, CPA

Driver of rented van on his phone before fatal crash in Negros Oriental

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:35 AM

Two survivors say the driver was on his phone moments before their van swerved to the opposite lane and was slammed by a cargo truck

The road crash in Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental on Friday, March 1, has claimed the lives of 6 people including 5 students./Photo courtesy of Zamboanguita Municipal Police Station

Briones wants year-round insurance for all school children

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'We did not lose only the lives of children; we lost so much promise, so much ambition, and so much hope,' says the DepEd secretary during the wake of 5 students who died in an accident in Negros Oriental

HELP CHILDREN. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones visits the wake of 5 students who died in a vehicular accident Saturday, March 1 in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental. Photo by DepEd

7 killed in Negros Oriental road crash

Mar 01, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Six of those killed are students who were on their way home when their public utility van collided with a truck

ROAD ACCIDENT. The road crash in Zamboanguita, Negros Orienta,l on March 1, 2019, killed 6 people, including 5 students. Photo courtesy of Zamboanguita Municipal Police Station

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill radio announcer in Negros Oriental

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Police suspect radio announcer Gabriel 'Kumander Aguila' Alburo was killed over a cockfighting bet but are looking at other motives for the attack as well

6 killed in Negros Oriental police operations

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The provincial police says those killed fought back and resisted arrest

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill police officer in Negros Oriental

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Senior Inspector Porferio Gabuya Jr, deputy police chief of Guihulngan City, is shot dead as he had coffee in an establishment a few meters from the police station

Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport

RISKING DAMAGE. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sends pictures of how the ballot boxes in Guihulngan City were arranged for transport. Photos from Robredo's legal team

Ballot retrieval begins in Negros Oriental for VP protest

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says they do not oppose the retrieval, but were not given enough time to prepare for it

Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Negros Oriental councilor shot dead

Apr 02, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Before this attack, there had been 3 attempts on the life of Guihulngan City Councilor Paulo Edison dela Rita, the police say

CRIME SCENE. Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Councilor Paulo Edison dela Rita is shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Monday, April 2, 2018. Courtesy of Guihulngan City Police

Negros Oriental declares measles outbreak

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 7 areas in the province are reporting cases of measles. The exact number of cases has yet to be announced.

OUTBREAK. Negros Oriental is now the 4th major area in the Philippines where a measles outbreak has been declared by the government.

Negros Oriental Governor Degamo again secures TRO vs dismissal order

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Degamo expects to return to office on Wednesday, January 17, after the 90-day suspension order against him ends

ROEL DEGAMO. Photo from Roel Degamo's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/degamo.roel

Negros Oriental's new governor takes over

Dec 21, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Negros Oriental Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias assumes the gubernatorial post following a dismissal order from the Ombudsman against Governor Roel Degamo

NEW GOVERNOR. Newly-installed Negros Oriental Governor Edward Mark Macias (left) greets Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. during the latter’s birthday celebration in Sagay City on Thursday, December 21. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Mount Kanlaon spews ash

Dec 10, 2017 - 3:18 PM

This comes a day after a low-energy phreatic, or steam-driven, eruption occurred in the volcano

ACTIVE MOUNTAIN. Mount Kanlaon in an undated photograph. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ombudsman dismisses Negros Oriental governor over P10M intel fund

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias is acting governor of Negros Oriental

DISMISSED. Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo refuses to vacate his post despite a dismissal order against him. File photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Heavy rain triggers floods in Dumaguete

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:52 PM

A bridge collapses as the Banica River in Dumaguete City overflows

Negros Oriental governor suspended for 3 months

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Governor Roel Ragay Degamo is on preventive suspension over alleged misuse of calamity funds

ROEL DEGAMO. Photo from Roel Degamo's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/degamo.roel

After Negros Island Region abolition, Duterte hopes 2 provinces remain united

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'May this dislocation foster solidarity and camaraderie,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the opening rites of the Buglasan Festival at Dumaguete City

UNITY. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental remain united even after he dissolved the Negros Island Region. Photo by Marcelino Pascua/Malacañang

From 'Gang of Five' member to VACC lawyer: Who is Jacinto 'Jing' Paras?

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto 'Jing' Paras has been tagged as a member of the 'Gang of Five' which reportedly received bribes from major cellular networks in 2001

Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:27 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Evelio Leonardia says the heavy downpour since Friday afternoon have caused waist-high floods in some barangays

HEAVY RAIN. Bacolod experiences some flooding caused by heavy rain on Friday, September 22, 2017. Photo by Charles Hilado from Facebook.

NBI to subject 12 to inquest proceedings for credit card fraud

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The NBI seized several credit cards bearing different identities as well as falsified personal identification cards used alongside the compromised credit cards

Abolition of Negros Island Region: Good or bad news?

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The Negros Island Region was probably not a good idea in the first place

Son who ate mother's entrails charged with parricide – Negros police

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The suspect Roger Manaban says he had attempted to rape his mother then killed her and gouged out her eye and ate her innards Local police chief Nelson Lamoco however says Manaban s statements were inconsistent

No employee displacement with Negros Region abolition – DILG

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The DILG finds a way to keep Negrosanons inside the now divided island

DIVIDED. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says there are only a few who will be displaced by the divide of the Negros Island Region. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Retain Negros Island regional offices, local execs urge Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Under the NIR 14 regional offices are housed in Bacolod City Negros Occidental while 16 others are in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

Contractuals will be worst hit by dissolution of Negros Island Region

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

While non permanent hires worry regulars may need to relocate to Dumaguete – at least 200 kilometers away from their present office in Bacolod City

DIVIDE. The dissolution of the region may lead to loss of jobs and uprooting for its employees.

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

Roxas, Negros officials disappointed over Duterte decision to dissolve NIR

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II a Negrense through his mother had spearheaded efforts to create the region

Duterte dissolves Negros Island Region

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s new executive order returns Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 17th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Female fire officer, wanted man arrested in Negros buy-bust operation

Aug 08, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Fire Officer 1 FO1 Antonieta Abrasaldo Catacutan and Francisco Javier Garzon both residents of Bais City are arrested in the drug buy bust operation

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Jul 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

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NPA kills Negros city police chief, 6 others

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED A councilor and 3 cops are also wounded in the Friday attack

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

Negros Oriental gov hits Ombudsman for delay in corruption case

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The doctrine of inordinate delay is used by respondents to seek the dismissal of their charges

Negros Oriental governor sues Ombudsman officials for graft

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Governor Roel Degamo files a graft complaint before the justice department but does it have jurisdiction?

SUING OMBUDSMAN OFFICIALS. Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, shown in this photo when he posted bail on January 27, 2017, is suing the Ombudsman officials who filed the charges against him. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

News Briefs: March 6, 2017

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday March 6

Negros Oriental governor secures 60-day TRO on 2nd dismissal order

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Court of Appeals stops the implementation of a second dismissal order against Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo over a complaint regarding his alleged misuse of calamity funds

TRO. Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has again stopped the implementation of another dismissal order against him. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Negros Oriental governor posts P1.1-M bail for graft charges

Jan 27, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Sandiganbayan grants the motion of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo to post a reduced bail of P1 1 million – nearly half of the P2 3 million bail earlier set by the anti graft court

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo surrendered to the court Friday morning, January 27 and then asked them to cut his bail in half. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler