bishop Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon (right) at the prayer vigil in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City last night.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

‘Culture of death dawning'
NIR bishops say, lament rising EJKs, public apathy

The heads of the four dioceses of the Catholic Church in the Negros Island Region yesterday issued a joint pastoral statement calling for an end to mounting cases of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country, which they said is leading to a “culture of death.”

"While we commend the government for its political will and determination in addressing the terrible drug menace that has long plagued our country, we strongly urge that this be done within the bounds of law and with full respect for human rights," the joint statement said.

The statement was signed by Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes and Fr. Rolando Nueva, administrator of the Diocese of Kabankalan. moremoremore

Narco politics in
Bacolod brgys, too?

The existence of “narco-politics” in some barangays of the country, as revealed earlier by President Rodrigo, may also be true in Bacolod City and in some villages of Negros Occidental.

Negros Island Region Liga ng Barangay president, Noli Villarosa, revealed yesterday that five barangay captains and 21 kagawads in Bacolod City, are alleged to either be drug users, peddlers or drug protectors.

Villarosa, who is also the Bacolod LIga ng Barangay president, said he has already submitted the list of barangay officials linked to drugs, to the Phillippine National Police and Department of Interior and Local Government for validation. moremoremore


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DSWD secretary apologizes
for disposal of spoilt goods

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary, Judy Taguiwalo, has expressed her deepest apologies to the public in the wake of reports that DSWD Negros Island Region disposed of spoiled relief goods by burying them in an open dumpsite in Barangay Candauay in Dumaguete City.

In reports to the media, DSWD-NIR director Shalaine Marie Lucero admitted that the disposal was administered by the field office.

The goods had already expired earlier in June, but the FO disposed of them only September 2 in coordination with the Department of Health, the Commission on Audit, and the Dumaguete City Environment and Natural Resources Office. It was only reported to Taguiwalo October 2. .