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NIR hearing today,
show of support set

Negrenses will gather at the Bacolod Public Plaza to call for the retention of the Negros Island Region this afternoon, simultaneously with a House special committee hearing on the NIR at the BatasangPambansa in Quezon City.

Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno, National Economic and Development Authority chief Ernesto Pernia, Visayas bloc congressmen, Negros Occidental and Oriental officials, and NIR regional directors have been invited to the hearing set to start at the Batasan 1:30 p.m. today.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has confirmed his attendance at the hearing, while Negros Oriental Gov. RoelDegamo is sending a representative as he has to preside over a Provincial Development Council meeting in Dumaguete City, Karen Dinsay, Neg. Occ. Acting Public Information Officer, said. moremoremore

Gov't zeroing in on
‘high value' targets


Both the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are zeroing their efforts on what they call “high value targets” in their anti-drug campaign in the Negros Island Region , under the expanded Oplan Double Barrel Alpha.

Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 18, said yesterday that they have been very effective in the war against drugs, with the neutralization of several big-time drug personalities, through their arrests.

Agent Mark David Madamba, operations chief of PDEA-Negros Island Region, however, refused to give an estimate on the number of the high-value targets they are now zeroing on, saying that it is not their business to divulge their identities. moremoremore


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Solon to look into non-payment
of salaries of NORSU teachers

Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria (Neg. Or., 2nd District) has assured he will look into the reasons behind the non-payment of wages of part-time Senior High School teachers of the Negros Oriental State University.

He said he has recently been appointed to the Board of Regents of NORSU, representing the Lower House, while Bayawan City Mayor Pryde Henry Teves also sits in the board, representing Senator Paulo Benigno Aquino.

Sagarbarria expressed surprise and disappointment upon knowing of the plight of the teachers, who had already rendered services for five months, or for the first semester, without having received a single centavo in wages.