Bridge FALLEN BRIDGE. The municipal government of EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, is planning to replace the destroyed Nanca bridge into a steel hanging one in response to the clamor of residents, who have to use a boat in crossing the river.* ( Gilbert Bayoran photo )

Neg. Occ. IRA hiked,
P14.5B set for 2018
Bacolod, Kabankalan on billionaires row

The Internal Revenue Allotment share of the Negros Occidental provincial government, and its 13 cities and 19 towns for 2018 will be P14.5 billion, an increase of P997.7 million or 7.37 percent from this year, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said yesterday.

Salado said this will mean the 2018 budget of the Negros Occidental provincial government from its IRA share and local income will be P3,546,727,000, an increase by P392,714,000, or 12.45 percent from the 2017 budget of P3,154,013,000.

Negros Occidental's 2018 IRA share is P3,037,710,637, up P205.4 million from this year, Salado said. moremoremore

I'll work for fund
restoration: Zubiri

The Commission on Human Rights will not let the House of Representatives' slashing of its 2018 budget to P1,000 halt its investigation into extra judicial killings in Western Visayas, David Bermudo, CHR WV regional director, said yesterday.

They are currently investigating 64 EJKs in Western Visayas, 15 of which are in Negros Occidental, he said.

The CHR will continue to carry out its mandate to uphold human rights, Bermudo said. moremoremore

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Church bells ring in
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Church bells rang across the mainly Catholic Philippines late yesterday as bishops rallied opposition to the "reign of terror" that has left thousands dead in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.

Police have reported killing more than 3,800 people to fulfill Duterte's vow to rid the country of narcotics, with the 15-month crackdown triggering wider violence that has seen thousands of other people found dead in unexplained circumstances.

An elderly church sexton tugged on a rope to ring a 171-year-old bell atop the San Roque cathedral, its slow, deep peals sweeping over the vast slums of northern Manila around the 211-year-old church.