MERGE The Bacolod Welcome Marker at the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Ex-Army general disputes
‘state of lawlessness’

A former Army general, who had once served as consultant of the National Democratic Front, yesterday disputed government claims of an existing state of lawlessness in Negros, that had prompted them to send more military and police troops to the island.

“Lawlessness is only in the far-flung areas,” said retired Brig. Gen. Raymundo Jarque, who became controversial after his defection to the New People’s Army more than two decades ago.

Jarque, who once had served as NDF consultant, also dismissed lawlessness in the countryside as isolated incidents, adding the government forces are fighting guerillas, not ordinary criminals, in Negros. moremoremore

Bacolod welcome marker lit

The Las Vegas-style Bacolod Welcome Marker, located at the Megaworld property in the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road, was officially lighted last night and it is seen to be one of the icons of Bacolod City, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

After five months since it broke ground, property giant Megaworld and the city government of Bacolod lit up the 7.2-meter Las Vegas style welcome marker, believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

This tourism spot is located at the 7.5-hectare Northhill Town Center in Megaworld’s 53-hectare Northill Gateway township along the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road, situated at the boundaries of Bacolod and Talisay cities. moremoremore


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13th Organic Festival kicks off

The 13th year of the Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival will kick off tomorrow, with the theme “Organic Agriculture: The Greening of Negros Island”, at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City.

The festival will kick off with the awarding of organic practitioners, focal person, local government units, and stakeholders and turnover of equipment to farmers and organizations.

Among the officials invited to the event are Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat, Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, chief operating officer of Soil and Organic Movement Inc. Korea Rei Yoon, and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo.