OATHTAKING Presidential Assistant for the   Visayas Michael Diño, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Cadiz Mayor Patrick Escalante, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Davao del Norte Rep . Antonio Floirendo   Jr., Bacolod City Administrator John Orola, and councilors Cindy Rojas, Bart Orola, Dindo Ramos and Cano Tan (l-r) at the PDP-Laban induction rites yesterday*
( Andy Alvarez photo )

Exodus to Du30 party
to boost political unity

Negros state possible: Alvarez

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the mass exodus of about 200 Negros Occidental officials to the PDP Laban yesterday will ensure support for the country's shift towards a federal system of government and the President's campaign against illegal drugs.

“Hopefully PDP Laban can also unite political factions in Negros Occidental, we will definitely work for unity,” Alvarez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte is really very happy with the transfer of most Negros Occidental officials to PDP Laban, he is coming to Bacolod tomorrow to be one with the people of Negros, Alvarez said. moremoremore

Duterte to open
MassKara tomorrow

President Rodrigo Duterte will officially open the 37th MassKara Festival at the Bacolod Public Plaza, 4 p.m.  Sunday.

This was disclosed by the Presidential Management Staff during a meeting with Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, city officials and department heads, and the Silver MassKara Festival Organization, the organizer of this year's festival. 

Also at the meeting were heads and members of the Presidential Security Group, Media Affairs Relations Office, Philippine Information Agency, Bacolod City Police Office, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, and other concerned agencies. moremoremore


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2 meted life, four others
14 years for illegal drugs

Two men were meted life, and four others a maximum of 14 years imprisonment each for drug offenses, by presiding Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. of the Negros Oriental Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Dumaguete City yesterday.

David James Pis-an of Lower Camanjac, Dumaguete, was meted 20 years and one day to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P400,000, and Alejandro Tayong Jr., of Batinguel in Dumaguete, sentenced to life imprisonment, and to pay a fine of P400,000. The two were caught in possession of more than five grams of shabu in anti-drugs operations in Dumaguete City. .