Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev, and Dmitry Larionov, first secretary of the Embassy of Russian Federation in the Philippines (center), joined Bacolod City officials at the 1st Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival in the city Saturday* (Andy Alvarez photo)
3 killed in Calatrava engaged
in gun-for-hire activities: PNP
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The three suspects killed in an encounter with troopers of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, and the three others captured Friday night in Brgy. Cambayobo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, who are members of an Armed Independent Group, were reportedly also engaged in gun-for-hire activities.
This was revealed yesterday by Chief Inspector John Joel Batusbatusan, town police chief, who also said he has not received reports that they are being used for election-related activities.
Russian envoy lauds Bacolod
for ‘most delicious chicken’
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev and Dmitry Larionov, first secretary of the Embassy of Russian Federation in the Philippines, joined Bacolod City officials, led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, during a boodle fight at the 1 st Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival in Bacolod City Saturday.
Khovaev, who declared the festival officially open, congratulated Bacolod City for the success of the event, and said that the chicken inasal is “the most delicious chicken” he has tasted.“It’s enjoyable,” he said, adding that it satisfied his stomach and heart.
OPA EXEC SAYS
Challenging cropping season
BY MARK L. GARCIA
Can the Negrense rice farmers cope with the challenges in production as the new cropping season opens?
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino asked that as the new cropping season opened this month when farmers in Negros Occidental will encounter more challenges, from production to selling, as imported rice coming into the country might be their toughest competitor yet.Masculino said that as the quantitative restriction for imported rice has been lifted in the country, there is fear that local rice producers might see a big loss with the entrance of imported rice in the market within this year as it has lower prices.