CRDMMO FOR IRRIGATION. The Tau-angan River in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, is one major source of the water irrigating rice fields in the area* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Negros, Visayas mayors
meet with Duterte today


Negros Occidental mayors and other local chief executives in Visayas are scheduled to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte 2 p.m. today at Malacañang in Manila.

EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, who confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Duterte, with other Negros Occidental mayors, however, said yesterday that he is not privy to what topics will be discussed during the forum.

Malacon said that they were only informed by the Department of Interior and Local Government and Negros ACE (Association of Chief Executives) that they are being invited to go to Malacañang today. moremoremore

Mediaman in
‘drug payola' named


Top drug personality Ricky Serenio named one of the two media personalities, who allegedly received “payola” from the illegal drug operations under the Berya Drug Group, in an interview at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City, yesterday.

Serenio positively identified one of the media personalities as Edwin de Pedro, who he said resides in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. However, he said, he could not remember the full name of the other one, who he also said, had ran for kagawad of Barangay Bata in Bacolod but lost.

The two involved media personalities claimed they were employees of Bombo Radyo, Serenio said. moremoremore


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DA to act vs. illegal fishing

Oceana has lauded the move of the Department of Agriculture to suspend local government unit officials for failure to stop illegal fishing.

Oceana, an international group advocating mainly for the protection of the oceans, is leading a relentless campaign to curb illegal fishing at Tañon Strait, the country's largest marine protected area that lies between Negros and Cebu islands.

In a statement yesterday, Oceana reiterated “the urgent need for science-based policies and strengthened law enforcement to protect critical marine habitats and important fishing grounds to bring back fisheries abundance in the country”..