Balikatan Army Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao (left) and U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson unfurl the Balika tan 2017 flag during the opening ceremony on Monday at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.*

NIR cops go on alert

The Police Regional Office 18 has placed all Negros Island Region police units on alert status following the recent twin explosions in Metro Manila, and has called for vigilance among Negrenses.

Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, PRO 18 spokesperson, yesterday said that Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, NIR police director, ordered intensified intelligence monitoring on movements of lawless elements, especially extremist groups.

Vargas also re-echoed the call of Chief Supt. Gumban for the public to alwaysbe vigilant, and immediately inform the nearest police outpost of any suspicious movements of individuals or groups of people. .moremoremore

Negotiations failed,
SJI chairman says

The negotiations between St. John's Institute and the Diocese of Bacolod have failed, the Diocese of Bacolod will pull out its ministry from the St. John's Institute and the Queen of Peace Church in Bacolod City by May 31, SJI chairman Ben Lopue Jr. confirmed yesterday.

After the 51 st anniversary mass of the Queen of Peace Church yesterday morning, Lopue read the SJI statement stating that they have agreed to a “peaceful disengagement of relationship”.

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon is set to hold a press conference this morning to air the position of the Diocese of Bacolod on the SJI controversy. moremoremore


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Degamo urges LGUs to
support war on drugs

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has underscored the need for local government units and barangays to unite in supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's war against illegal drugs.

The Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs is the problem of everybody, he stressed.

Degamo said he has directed the creation of a committee within the year at the provincial government level, to map out a cohesive plan to ensure that the money allocated for the rehabilitation of surrenderers under Oplan TokHang will not go to waste...