Church VALLADOLID. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Valladolid, Negros Occidental, was founded in 1851 by the recollect missionaries and is reputed to be the biggest in the province.* Ronnie Baldonado photo

Duterte’s help sought
on slashed NIR funds


The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday appealed to  President Rodrigo Duterte to include the 2017 proposed budget  for the Negros Island Region (Region 18) in the national executive budget, before its submission to Congress for approval.
The SP made the appeal in a resolution its members approved at their regular session at the Capitol in Bacolod City.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he was informed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. that the NIR budget was not included by the Department of Budget and Management in the proposed 2017 national budget.
“By not including our budget, it's like saying they don't recognize Region 18, it’s very important that we have our own budget…It’s really a concern,” Lacson said.moremoremore

Police kill 4 drug suspects

Andrew Tuvilla, who ranked number one in the police target list of drug personalities in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, would still be  alive today, if he had only complied with the appeal of the police for him to stop his illegal drug trade.

            Tuvillla, alias Doydoy, and three others, were killed at 12:20 a.m.  yesterday in a brief shootout with four members of the police Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, during a buy-bust operation in Purok Casino, Brgy. Miranda, Pontevedra.

            Chief Inspector Mark Anthony Darroca, who led the  buy-bust operation, yesterday said Tuvilla, before his death, had been visited by the Pontevedra police at his house, in line with the PNP Oplan Tokhang campaign, urging him to end his illegal activities. moremoremore


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Arson, robbery raps filed
vs. former house helper

Arson and robbery charges were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office against a resident of Amlan town in Negros Oriental, who was nabbed for allegedly robbing his former employer and burning her house in Maslog, Sibulan, Monday.

            Suspect Jomar Rabao, 24, single, of Tambuhangin, Amlan, scaled the back fence and entered the house of Doris Uymatiao, 68, a widow, in Maslog, Sibulan. He reportedly carted away about P1 million in jewelry and cash, then torched the mattresses before going out, the police said.