President Rodrigo Duterte keeps Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, and Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Jesus Clint Aranas (l-r) and the crowd at the Bacolod Public Plaza in stitches last night*
( Andy Alvarez photo )
President Rodrigo Duterte last night said that more than the merrymaking, let the MassKara Festival be a continuing testament that no amount of hardship can dampen the Filipino spirit.
Duterte, who was guest of honor at the closing rites of the 38 th MassKaraFestival in Bacolod City, said he admires the people of Bacolod because when he was yet mayor, it suffered the most serious economic dip due to the sugar crisis and the M/V Don Juan sea mishap.
“But you were able to invent an event that would bring comfort and maybe consolation to the depressed emotions of the Negrenses. That is why I salute you,” he said before a crowd of 5,000. There were 10,000 more spectators outside the plaza who watched the MassKara dancers perform, the police said.
Be prepared vs.
terrorism, Digong warns
BY CARLA GOMEZ
President Rodrigo Duterte last night warned the public to be prepared for any eventuality following the recent liberation of Marawi from the Maute-Islamic State terrorists.
“Please take care that nothing of the sort will happen again, especially here in the Visayas,” said Duterte, who spoke before a crowd of about 5,000 gathered for the 38 th MassKara Festival at the Bacolod public plaza.
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BOC exec warns public
against online love scam
MANILA — The Bureau of Customs has cautioned Filipino and foreign netizens against an online scam that lures victims with fake love and promises.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña issued the warning after receiving reports of increasing incidents of the internet scam, citing data from the bureau's help desk, BOC-Cares.
From January to September 2017, the help desk had received 1,263 reports and inquiries on various online scams. Of the total number, 412 reports were made via phone calls, 159 via email, and 692 via social media.