MERGE OPENING. Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter, Secretary Emmanuel Piño, Senator Sonny Angara and SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica (l-r) cut the ribbon to open the 1st Philippine Sugarcane Farming Mechanization Expo at the SRA compound at Araneta Street in Barangay Singcang, Bacolod.* (CPG photo)


Negros judges won’t join
call for Sereno to resign
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

 

The Negros Occidental Regional Trial Court Judges Association (NORTCJA) officers and members yesterday said they are not joining the call for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign, and are staying neutral.

The embattled Sereno is set to arrive in Bacolod City to speak at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and at the opening of the national convention of the Philippine Association of Court Social Workers Inc. today.

The NORTCJA officers and members, in an official statement furnished the DAILY STAR last night, said they are saddened by the recent pronouncements from some court personnel, employees’ associations and unions calling for the resignation of the Chief Justice.moremoremore


Pope names Galbines
bishop of Kabankalan

 

Pope Francis has appointed the vicar general of the Diocese of Bacolod, Msgr. Louie Galbines, 51, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan.

Galbines’ appointment was announced by the Vatican at noon in Rome (7 p.m. in the Philippines) yesterday, Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon confirmed last night.

“I was totally surprised…I really cried hard because I really did not expect this to happen out of the blue,” Galbines said.moremoremore

 

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Multi-million investments
coming to NegOcc – PVO
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Multi-million investments in commercial farming of broiler chickens are coming to Negros Occidental this year, the Provincial Veterinary Office reported yesterday.

Dr. Renante Decena, in an interview, said five to 10 commercial farm investors are now applying with the PVO for the government’s assistance to establish a large-scale farm that could house up to 100,000 live chickens.

Each of these farms cost from P35 million to P50 million, including the facility, building, labor, and other expenses, Decena added.