MERGE Militants gathered in front of San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City to commemorate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx and to kick off their Labor Day protest today* (Andy Alvarez photo)


‘Comelec will enforce
law vs. partisan pols’
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

About 1,150 candidates for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections participated in the candidates’ forum and signing of the peace covenant yesterday in Bacolod City.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia yesterday said about 800 candidates for the barangay election and 350 for the SK elections joined the peace covenant signing initiated by the Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police for the conduct of peaceful, orderly ad honest elections.

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections yesterday said she is happy that many SK candidates participated in the peace covenant signing and most were female while there were also LGBT. moremoremore


95 barangays under close watch
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Ninety-five of the 601 barangays in Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, are considered by the Philippine National Police as probable areas of concerns during the May 14 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Inspector Charmae De Paz, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday said that those areas are being eyed as probable hotspots during the election, either due to threats of armed groups, especially the New People’s Army, election-related incidents or intense political rivalry.

But De Paz said the barangays included in the list, are still subject to validation by the Joint Peace Security Coordinating Center, which is composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Police and Commission on Election. moremoremore

 

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Bing: Megaworld allots property
worth P108M for welcome park
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia announced yesterday that Megaworld has allocated a 6,000 sq. m. area valued at about P108 million for the welcome park that will set up at the boundary of the cities of Bacolod and Talisay along the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR).

In a press conference, Leonardia said that they are now finalizing the design for the welcome sign, that will also be one of the tourism attractions in the city, inspired by the Las Vegas Welcome Sign.

The welcome sign will be built at the property of Megaworld, where the developer will put up Forbes Hill, its first upscale residential village in the Visayas and Mindanao.