DOH Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran raise the Philippine flag at the BAYS Center where they watched the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn with the cheering Bacoleño crowd.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Horn stuns Negrense
Pacquiao supporters

Team Pacquiao anticipated a “sweet and easy” win for the Filipino boxing icon against Jeff Horn, but the fight went the distance with the Australian fighter capturing the WBO welterweight title in a unanimous decision in Brisbane yesterday.

Unlike the 2012 knockout scored by Juan Marquez and the split decision that Timothy Bradley got away with June of the same year, Horn outclassed Pacquiao in the scorecards of all three judges -- 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

“I cannot believe Manny lost. I cannot understand why it was a unanimous decision. It was a close fight, which we thought was not supposed to be the case, but I still maintain that Manny won it,” Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who watched the fight with the Bacoleños at the BAYS Center said. moremoremore

Consultation on
October election set

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said he will conduct a series of consultations in Bacolod City to get the stand of the people on the barangay elections.

Gasataya said he will consult the public as to whether they want to postpone the barangay elections for one year, or until after the local elections in 2019, or if they want it to push through this year.

But whether it will push through or not, the important thing is forthe sitting officials to remain efficient for the good of Bacolod, he said. moremoremore


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Radioman wins libel vs. guv

A Regional Trial Court has acquitted a Dumaguete broadcaster of two counts of libel filed by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo in 2015.

In a 14-page decision June 30, Presiding Judge Arlene Catherine Dato of RTC Branch 39 acquitted Cornelio Pepino, known as Rex Cornelio to his listeners over DYMD Energy FM in Dumaguete.

Degamo filed a complaint for libel against Pepino on May 20, 2015, over the broadcaster's comments in his radio programs of Nov. 6 and Nov. 7, 2014..