tree planting Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia being assisted by Councilor Cindy Rojas during the ceremonial planting of tree at the launching of the city's “One Million Trees Project” under its 5-year Bacolod City Urban Development Greening Program.*

Tourists safe in Visayas

Tourists visiting prime tourist destination areas in the Visayas region need not worry about security, after another member of the Abu Sayyaf Group was captured yesterday by the military and police in Tubigon town, Bohol.

Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commanding general of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, disclosed yesterday that they have not monitored any movements of Abu Sayyaf bandits from Mindanao to Visayas, except for those they had encountered and killed in Bohol last month.

Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, AFP Central Command chief, alsoconfirmed yesterdaythe capture of SaadSamadKiram. His arrest yielded a.45 caliber pistol with two magazines containing 12 rounds of ammunition, and a cellular phone..moremoremore

25 Bar passers from UNO-R, USLS

Twenty-five law graduates from two Bacolod City universities passed the 2016 Philippine Bar Examinations, the results of which were announced by the Supreme Court, yesterday.

The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos had 13 passers while the University of St. La Salle had 12.

Those who passed from UNO-R were John Mark Camalon, Jose Maria Doza, Nicolie Diapen, Joselle Lea Geopano, Racel Malalu-An, Marianne Therese Malan, Russel Marvin Olado, Ray Parreñas Jr., Eljun Rico, Gabriel Sinco, Jonna Sorallo, Hannah Leah Tañoso, and Analie Villa, John Paolo Villasor, dean of the UNO-R School of Law, announced yesterday. moremoremore


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Index crimes down 16.6%

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental has reported a decline in the number of index crimes for the second half of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015.

PNP acting provincial director, Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, said yesterday the drop in index crimes is largely attributed to the massive war against illegal drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte since July of last year.

Records at the Negros Oriental PNP Provincial Office show that from July 1 to December 31, 2016, the total decline in index crimes was pegged at 16.6 percent. .