congressman Negros Island Region representatives Alejandro Mirasol, Arnulfo Teves, Alfredo Benitez, Jocelyn Limkaichong, Mercedes Alvarez- Lansang, Juliet Marie Ferrer, Manuel Sagarbarria, Melecio Yap, Greg Gasataya, Leo Rafael Cueva and Stehpen Paduano (l-r) in a show of unity for the retention of Negros Island Region at the Lower House.*
( Michael Ocampo photo )


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join save NIR call
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri yesterday said he has written to President Rodrigo Duterte, and filed a resolution in the Senate calling for the continued recognition of the Negros Island Region, amid statements from the executive branch of plans to abolish the NIR.

The League of Vice Governors of the Philippines in a meeting in Davao City Wednesday night also passed a resolution appealing to the president not to rescind the resolution creating the NIR.

Negros Oriental Vice Governor Mark Macias said he and Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson authored the resolution. moremoremore

College student killed
BY SHIELA GELERA

A second year college student was found dead in a sugarcane plantation in Purok Tinago Sambag, Barangay Alijis in Bacolod City, at about 6:20 a.m. yesterday.

The body of Melcah Melgar, 19, of Barangay Alijis, was found by her sister Imecar, a police report said.

The victim was lying on the ground, face down, both hands tied in her back with an orange handkerchief, and her pants slightly pulled down, police records show.

Her belongings were scattered at the crime scene, but her wallet and cellular phone were missing, the police said. moremoremore

 

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MAYOR SAYS
UniGames to contribute
to anti-drugs campaign
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Dumaguete's hosting of this year's University Games, from Oct. 24-30, is the city's way of contributing to the anti-drugs campaign of the government, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said.

He said there is need to develop and support all types of sports as a proactive way to distract the minds of the youth from the temptations of drugs, by way of competitive sports that can also be rehabilitative.

He said he is fortunate to host the Games this year, the fifth so far in the city. The first three was hosted by Foundation University in 2000, 2002 and 2008, Silliman University in 2010, and this year.