EB MAGALONA ALL LIGHTED. The EB Magalona Municipal Hall in Negros Occidental, has been drawing crowds over the holidays.*(Gilbert Bayoran photo)

Army, police assure
peace amid US alert


Army and police officials yesterday assured that measures to ensure continued peace and order in southern Negros are in place.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila issued on December 23 an alert to its residents traveling to seven cities and nine provinces in the Philippines, including southern Negros, based on recent statements by Philippine security officials regarding an increase in the terrorist threat level in those areas.

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said, “The U.S. government is always extra careful with regards to the safety of their citizens all over the world.”

Leonardia tops NIR,
WV solons in bills filed

Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia topped the list of congressmen from Region 18 - Negros Island Region and Region 6 - Western Visayas in terms of number of bills filed in the 16th Congress of the Philippines.

Data from the House of Representatives website showed that Leonardia has filed 58 bills, and co-authored 61 others, a press release form his office said.

He was followed by Rep. Jerry Trenas (Iloilo City) who has filed 56 bills and co-authored 49 others, and Aklan Lone District Rep. Teodorico Haresco who has 38 bills to his name and 49 co-authorships. .moremoremore


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DENR R7 turns over
NegOr offices to NIR

Rep. Manuel Iway (Neg. Or., 1 st District) said he is confident his petition to reduce taxi, jeepney and bus fares will be granted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in January.

Iway based his observation on the decision of the Court of Appeals last week, denying the petition filed by 1-United Transport Koalisyon Party-List for the CA to stop LTFRB from reducing the fares of public utility vehicles.

In its decision, the CA 13th Division ruled that the 1-Utak petition for certiorari and prohibition was premature because its motion for reconsideration of the reduction of fare was still pending with the LTFRB.