FARMERS COLORFUL. Farmers planting rice in Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, in colorful hues.* *( Andy Alvarez photo )

Thank God marriage to
Koko is over: Jewel

“Our annulment has finally been granted, thank God.”

That was the reaction of Jewel May Colmenares Lobaton, 1998 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Miss MassKara Queen 1993, yesterday to the news that her marriage to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel IIIwas annulled this week.

Lobaton, 41, told the DAILY STAR in a phone interview that she is very happy and excited that her marriage to Pimentelis finally over. moremoremore

Dismantle illegal
STL - Degamo

Gov.Roel Degamohas ordered a stop to Small Town Lottery in Negros Oriental that he believes is operating illegally.

The order was issued after a Senate inquiry recently revealed that an STL franchise per se is legal but there are operations that are taken advantage of by private individuals without permits, defrauding the government of revenues.

He said that, as a result, billions of the projected revenues from the operation of STL nationwide are in the hands of illegal operators. .moremoremore


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Ride with Bacolod's strengths
to promote progress: official

As Bacolod City celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, the celebration director is urging Bacoleños to ride with the strengths of the city to promote progress and growth.

In a press conference Thursday, Councilor Em Ang, executive director of the year-long "Bacolod @ 80" celebration, said that the progress should be full speed ahead.

“The mayor wants all Bacoleños to be on board and ride with the strengths," Ang said, referring to the business developments occurring in the city..