RECRUITS Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, Negros Island Region police director, checks the 290 neophyte police personnel, to find out who are residents of Negros Occidental and Oriental, before their deployment after the dissolution of Police Regional Office 18.*
( Gilbert Bayoran photo )

Vice guv urges push
for Negros fed state

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said representatives of Negros should join forces in the push for the entire island's being placed under one federal state.

“More than ever, our representatives in Congress should gather enough strength and really push that under a federal form of government, Negros Island will be under one federal state”, Lacson said.

The Negros Island Region would have been an ideal situation but it's very clear, it's not a priority of the national government now,and we have to respect that, he said.

CA denies
Taguiwalo Cabinet post

“I have served the people well. I gave my all and I am proud to say that my integrity remains intact. I never lost sight of the people I have sworn to serve with full fidelity and courage.”

The statement came from Negrense Judy Marigomen Taguiwalo after the Commission on Appointments rejected her confirmation yesterday as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Taguiwalo, 67, a former professor at the University of the Philippines, andnominated by the National Democratic Front to the Duterte Cabinet, said it was a badge of honor to be rejected the same way former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez was rejected. moremoremore


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6,600 'balut' buried
mid bird flu scare

The Bureau of Animal Industry in Negros Oriental has ordered the disposal of 6,600 embryonated eggs or “balut” that were shipped from Luzon to Dumaguete City, amid the bird flu virus scare.

Veterinary quarantine officer, Dr. Alfonzo Tundag, convinced the consignee, Roxanne Pahayahay, to have the “balut” buried Tuesday afternoon following a memorandum received by the local BAI from the regional office.

Pahayahay, a resident of Candauay, Dumaguete City, acceded to the request of Tundag to have all the “balut” buried, even though she felt sad over the losses she would incur. .