MERGE These acacia trees that form beautiful arches along the Abuanan Road in Bago City had been pruned and will soon be cut down in the name of progress* (Nic Ledesma photo)


Duterte won’t oppose
NFR, Roque confirms
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque yesterday said President Rodrigo Duterte will not oppose the creation of the Negrosanon Federated State as proposed by the Consultative Committee in its draft Federal Constitution.

Roque, who was in Negros Occidental to speak at the Philippine Normal University in Cadiz City and the Rotary Club of Bacolod North induction rites in Bacolod City yesterday, said that, although the President had nullified the creation of the Negros Island Region, the NFR is not in his hands anymore.

“The people will decree the creation of the NFR if they ratify the (proposed federal) constitution”, he said. moremoremore


2 cops test positive for drug use
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Two police personnel, one of them applying for promotion, both tested positive for the use of illegal drugs at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City, while the 52 police personnel of the La Carlota City Police Station in Negros Occidental, were all found negative for drug use.

Supt. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, yesterday confirmed that a policeman assigned at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, and another one assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, both tested positive for drug use.

Malong said the IPPO policeman, with the rank of Senior Police Office 1, was applying for promotion to the next higher rank, while the NOCPPO personnel, was among the six police officers re-assigned to the Regional Personnel Holding Accounting Unit in Iloilo, had the rank of Police Officer 3. moremoremore

 

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DOLE to provide cash subsidy
to workers amid high inflation

MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment yesterday said the five-year high in inflation rate will have an effect to the workers.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said all employees will be affected by the inflation increase. “It will affect all the workers for that matter. Whether they are minimum wage earners (or not), of course, they will feel the effect,” he said.

He assured that they are preparing possible assistance to minimum wage earners, or the proposed cash subsidy of P200 per month.