Chedeng Police Station 1 operatives conduct an inventory of the suspected shabu, an improvised gun, and drugs paraphernalia seized in a buy-bust operation in Purok Adarna, Barangay 16, Bacolod City yesterday.*

Lawmakers help sought
on ‘slashed’ NIR budget


Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri yesterday assured officials of the  Negros Island Region of his help for the reinstatement of the proposed 2017 budget to its original level.

            Zubiri made the assurance after Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. sought his help after the Department of Budget and Management slashed the proposed 2017 budget of NIR.

     Senator Franklin Drilon and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said they would also look into the matter, amid questions on whether the Duterte administration will support the continuation of the NIR, which was created  by executive order.moremoremore

Unilateral ceasefire begins in Negros

Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District)  was elected deputy speaker, the second  highest post of  the House of Representatives and a first for Negros Occidental, yesterday.

 "It is with humility and gratefulness that I accept the position of Deputy Speaker. Being one of the second highest ranking officials in the Philippine House of Representatives, I will do my best to serve the Congress in excellence,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez, who is  on her third term as representative of the 6th District of Negros Occidental, said she will  continue to prioritize her constituents in the 6th district, but will also widen her  horizons to efficiently and effectively accomplish the tasks entrusted upon her  by my colleagues. moremoremore


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Oceana lauds Digong’s vow vs. illegal fishing

President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte emphasized the need to enforce fisheries laws, particularly in combating illegal fishing, in his first State of the Nation Address Monday, and the Oceana Philippines welcomed his pronouncement.

            “We welcome President Duterte’s pronouncement on fisheries law enforcement as a priority. For a country that is dependent on the seas for its sustenance and livelihood, we certainly need to be more vigilant in protecting our marine resources,” Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines, said in a press release.

            Duterte, who is known for his strong stance against crime and illegal drugs, outlined his administration’s road map for the next six years during his first SONA..