MERGE Vice President Leni Robredo flanked by Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon and former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscoluela (right), hugs Leah Delgado, a 3-foot midget and an Istorya ng Pag-asa honoree, yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)


12T cops set for polls in Region 6
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN & SHIELA G. GELERA

The Police Regional Office 6 is deploying 12,000 police personnel in six provinces of Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, to ensure the peaceful conduct of the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, regional police director, said yesterday.

Binag said 7,700 policemen will be assigned to the 3,551 polling precincts in Western Visayas. Two police personnel will be assigned in every precinct, he added.

Others, including those in the mobile group units, will be assigned to the various Quick Reaction Forces. moremoremore


Bishop wants
independent minded bets
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon yesterday said he hopes more independent minded barangay officials who will serve the people’s interests are elected into office on Monday.

Candidates should run for office to serve the people, not their self-interests, he said.

The bishop said it is scary that barangay officials can be manipulated by mainstream politicians. moremoremore

 

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Negros getting share of spillover
tourists with Boracay closure: guv
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental is getting its share of spillover tourists with the six-month closure of Boracay Island for rehabilitation.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterdayhe was informed that the number of Air Juan flights carrying tourists from Cebu to Sipalay in southern Negros Occidental has increased.

Sipalay City is known for its numerous beaches and dive spots.

There are more local divers also going to Sipalay now, the governor said.

The spillover of tourists is also being felt in Bantayan Island in Cebu, he added.