MERGE Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez was among the officials who fell into murky water in Barangay Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City as shown in this photo posted on his Facebook wall*

USLS grad tops Bar

“This is redemption.”

That was how Mark John Simondo, 31, of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City yesterday described his topping the 2017 Bar Examinations with a grade of 91.05 percent.

He is the first bar topnotcher to breach the 90-percent passing mark since 2002.

Simondo has also made history by being the first graduate of a Bacolod-based law school to top the Bar, USLS Law Dean Rosanne Juliana Gonzaga said. moremoremore

24 passers in Bacolod

Twenty-four law graduates from the University of St. La Salle and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod passed the 2017 Bar Examinations.

They are among the  1,724 of the 6,748 law graduates, or 25.55 percent, who passed last year's Bar examinations, the Supreme Court announced yesterday.

USLS has 12 bar passers led by topnotcher Mark John Simondo, USLS Law Dean Rosanne Juliana Gonzaga said. moremoremore


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Negros farmers urged to remain
vigilant against pest infestation

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino urged Negrense farmers to be vigilant and maintain cleanliness in their farm areas to avoid pest and crop disease infestations that might develop with the extreme heat experienced this week.

As of yesterday, the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division records showed that the average temperature in the province is 34 degrees Celsius, with a heat index of 39 degrees.

Heat index is the level of discomfort felt as a result of the combined effects of temperature and humidity of the air.