MERGE Students and teachers sing the national anthem at their first flag raising ceremony at the Rizal Elementary School in Bacolod City yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Gang leader shot dead
in attempt to rob cop
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

They picked the wrong victim this time.

A leader of the Villarete Robbery Hold-up Group was killed, his companion injured, and another one was arrested when they robbed a policeman using a gun replica at corner CL Montelibano-Capitol Heights 2 road in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.

Killed on the spot was Johnnie Villarete, alias “JR”, 37, of Barangay Bata in Bacolod. His companion Rustan Picardal, meanwhile, sustained gunshot wounds on his leg, police records show. moremoremore


Classes open with
95 percent turnout
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Portia Mallorca said yesterday that the opening of classes in all public schools was generally successful, with 95 percent attendance of students and teachers.

Mallorca said she thanked all the students who attended the first day of their classes in all the public schools under the Division of Negros Occidental as attendance was at about 95 percent, with some at 100 percent.

Based on her monitoring and meeting with some supervisors, she said the opening of class was generally successful, with some limitations on late enrollees this week and shortage of classrooms. moremoremore

 

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Labor groups ask Negros solons
to support bill on P750 daily pay
BY MARK L. GARCIA

An official from the alliance of labor groups in Negros Occidental urged Negros Occidental representatives to support the bill for a national minimum wage of P750 daily as the increase in salaries is necessary with the rising inflation rate in the country.

Wennie Sancho, Secretary-General of General Alliance of Workers Association-Negros Island (GAWA) said yesterday that Negrense solons should support the House Bill 7787 proposed by the Makabayan party-list bloc in Congress to prove that they still have their sentiments for the laborers in the province.

He said the increase in wages is needed as inflation grew by about 4.5 percent this year and it is projected to rise until the end of the year, as it is triggered by the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.