MERGE A reenactment of the massacre 33 years ago in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* (Karina De La Cerna photo)


‘One Visayas’ force
to reckon with: Albee
Officials of 3 regions ink pledge of commitment
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

“United we are a force to reckon with,” Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) told officials of the three Visayan regions gathered for the launching of “One Visayas” last night.

In his keynote speech at the gathering of 194 political leaders from Western, Central and Eastern Visayas at the Shangri-La at the Forth in Metro Manila, Benitez presented the “One Visayas: Region of Economic Cooperation and Political Unity.”

The officials present, who included those from Negros Island, also signed a “One Vision, One Voice, One Visayas” pledge of commitment. moremoremore


Never again to martial
law protest today
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Oppose dictatorship, never again to martial law.

That is the cry of militant groups joining rallies in Negros Occidental today, being held simultaneously with those in other parts of country, as the nation marks the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by then president Ferdinand Marcos.

"September 21 is a dark day in our nation's history that we shall never forget. We will mark this day, not only to remember the lessons of that dark era of our history, but also to ensure that tyranny and dictatorship will never again engulf our nation,” a Bayan statement said yesterday. moremoremore

 

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Power rates down in NegOcc
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Here is something positive for electric consumers in Negros Occidental.

Power rates of the Neg. Occ. electric cooperatives decreased this month, especially for those in the southern portion of the province, who will avail of a big-time price drop at P1.19 per kilowatt-hour, records showed.

The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative said in a press release that they decreased their power rates this month by P1.1949/kWh, or from P11.2529/kWh in August to P10.058/kWh this September, the biggest reduction in their residential electricity rate since December 2017.