MERGE ENTERTAINMENT. Drumbeaters clad as farm workers were among the groups that entertained the huge crowd at the Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City Sunday night* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


4 towns on close watch
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Four towns in Negros Occidental are now being closely monitored by the Philippine National Police, in connection with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14, because of numerous shooting incidents that recently took place in them.

The New People’s Army recently claimed responsibility for the killing of a retired Army soldier and a policeman in Isabela, as well as the attempt to kill a Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team member in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office also recorded other killings in the upland areas of Toboso and Calatrava, and in Moises Padilla, but it has not been established if they were insurgency-related.moremoremore


List of Negros bets to be cleansed
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ & CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The number of candidates running in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) may slightly drop with the purging of some bets from the list by the Commission on Elections head office, Negros Occidental Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

He said expected to be removed from the list are those who decided not to run for office and withdrew their Certificates of Candidacy, those found to have already served three terms in succession, and SK bets not aged 18 to 24 years old on election day.

There are 23,548 BSKE candidates who filed their COCs in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, a Comelec report showed Sunday, of which 1,545 are running for barangay captain, 13,127 for barangay kagawad, 1,559 for SK chairman and 7,316 for SK kagawad.moremoremore

 

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‘Damaged roads, pollution
in quarry sites in Neg. Occ.’
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Decreasing fish population, noise and dust pollution, and damaged roads are just some of the woes of the communities in south Negros where quarrying operations are active, a study from the Diocese of Kabankalan said.

The study, titled “Increasing Public Understanding of Natural Resource Governance by Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Small-Scale Mining Sector in the Province of Negros Occidental”, presented yesterday in a gathering at Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City, said that among the 21 sites where quarry operations are present in the sixth district, 10 issues and concerns were raised, research associate Mary Ann Dagunan said.

The study, which was funded by the United States Agency on International Development, was conducted by the Diocese of Kabankalan and the Central Philippine State University starting January this year.