MERGE LOOK. Students from STI West Negros celebrate their 25th Christmas lantern parade at the Bacolod Public Plaza Saturday night.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Brgy captain killed

Barangay 16 captain Nelson Ligaya Jr. was shot dead in Purok Paloma, Barangay 16, Bacolod, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ligaya, a resident of Purok Dalawidaw in the barangay, was having drinks with friends when the riding-in-tandem gunmen drove by, executed a u-turn, and the back-rider shot him, Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, Bacolod City Police Office public information officer, said yesterday.

Gabana said that the crime was not perpetrated by only two suspects, but four, as two others, also riding-in-tandem, served as lookouts, and were positioned at the nearby street corner. moremoremore

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plan study starts

A 15-man team of traffic management experts of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) arrived in Bacolod yesterday to study the traffic situation in the city for 12 days, and propose a Traffic Management Masterplan.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia stressed that commissioning a traffic master plan could cost millions if done by private groups, but MMDA is assisting Bacolod for free, a press release from the city said.

He thanked MMDA chairman Danilo Lim for graciously granting his request for a free traffic masterplan. moremoremore


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Organic Festival sales up 13%

The Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival hit total sales of P1.9 million this year, which is 13 percent higher than last year’s P1.6 million, records showed.

Data from the Provincial Information Office showed that total sales for the four-day festivities at the Provincial Capitol Grounds in Bacolod City was P1,862,786, or 12.94 percent higher than its 2017 record of P1,649,330.72.

The records also showed that on the last day, Saturday, the sales reached P515,050.45, third day at P503,630.80, second day at P486,192, and P357,912.75 during the opening day, from the 120 booths that participated in the event.