MERGE TOURISM. The six months closure of Boracay is expected to benefit resorts in Negros Occidental.* (Gilbert P. Bayoran photo)

Couple, driver meted life


A live-in couple and a driver were sentenced to life imprisonment in Bacolod City yesterday for the sale of illegal drugs.

Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 sentenced Richell Buhat Antonio and her partner George Raymundo Flores to life imprisonment for the sale of shabu in violation of Section 5, Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

They were charged for the sale of .021 gram of shabu for P200 to a police poseur buyer at their house in Purok Greenshell, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City on March 9, 2013.moremoremore

Capitol hires, promotes
112 employees


Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday challenged 112 newly hired and promoted provincial government employees to show the people of Negros Occidental that they are a different breed of civil servants, they are performers.

The governor led the oathtaking of the 112 employees, 18 of whom were newly hired, 68 contractual turned permanent, and 26 promoted, at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

The governor said the Capitol is hiring and promoting more than 500 workers in about three batches.moremoremore


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P1M allocated for overseas
workers from EB Magalona

Mayor Marvin Malacon announced yesterday that P1 million has been allocated to help address the concerns of overseas workers from EB Magalona and their families.

The municipal government has organized families of overseas workers in the barangays of EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, and has also set up an OFW desk, Malacon said.

Carolina Constantino, the officer-in-charge of the regional office of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Western Visayas, yesterday led the mass oath-taking of members of OFW associations in EB Magalona at the town’s Wilkinson Social Court.