MERGE CHAMPION. Tribu Euzkara wins as overall champion in the 2018 Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental yesterday* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

NegOcc 5th richest in PH

Negros Occidental is the fifth richest province in the country in 2017 based on its assets, the Commission on Audit’s Annual Financial Report released yesterday showed.

The province generated the biggest revenues last year among the 81 provinces in the Philippines, at P5.43 billion, the COA report said.

It is the only province from Western Visayas listed in the top 10 highest revenue earners in the country last year. Cebu from Central Visayas ranked fourth, earning P4,096,660,000. moremoremore

Negrense cop officer
tagged in shooting

A police officer from Negros Occidental was allegedly killed in a shooting incident at Andres Bonifacio College Compound in Dipolog City, at about 7:40 last night.

Reports based on an SMS message that circulated in social media identified the fatality as Supt. Santiago Rapiz, former Victorias City police chief and Bacolod Police Community Relations officer, and presently assigned as logistics officer of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office.

But while Dipolog Police Station personnel confirmed the shooting incident in a phone interview with the STAR, it was not established if the victim was Rapiz. moremoremore


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Green Alert firm on campaign
against coal in Negros Island

The Green Alert Network yesterday reiterated its opposition to the proposed coal fired power project in San Carlos City, and supports the initiative of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to declare Negros as a coal free island.

It also lauded the Diocese of San Carlos on its stand to oppose the plan of San Miguel Corp. to put up a 300-megawatt coal plant in San Carlos City.

In a statement, the group debunks the claim of Vice Gov. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson that the island does not have the targeted power needed and that solar power plant is not a stable energy source.