The ongoing MassKara Festival has perked up the nightlife around the Bacolod public plaza and boosted the local economy.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )
Church prayer rally
vs. drugs, EJKs set
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A prayer rally for the conversion of drug lords, pushers and users, and to express concern over alleged incidents of extra judicial killings (EJKs) will be held in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City after the 6 p.m. mass tomorrow, Fr. Felix Pasquin said yesterday.
The prayer rally dubbed “Santo Rosario para sa pagbag-o (Rosary for change)” will be led by Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, said Pasquin, the rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
The prayer rally is being held as part of the celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary by the San Sebastian Cathedral Parish community. “It is an expression of our belief that prayers, particularly the Holy Rosary, can bring about conversion of sinners,” Pasquin said.
The first suspected case of Zika in Negros Occidental that is subject to confirmation by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine was disclosed by Provincial Health Officer Ernel Tumimbang yesterday.
Tumimbang said a blood sample from a woman from Murcia suspected to have Zika was sent to the RITM for testing and the results are still being awaited.
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New NORPPO chief ordered
to prioritize war vs. drugs
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Governor Roel Degamo gave his marching orders yesterday to newly-designated acting Philippine National Police provincial director, Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, to relentlessly pursue and prioritize the campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality in Negros Oriental.
Degamo gave the orders to Biñas, who paid a courtesy call on and met with the governor at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City about noon yesterday.