MERGE OPENING. The Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) Season 38 opened yesterday with the lighting of the urn by multi-awarded homegrown athletes at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City* (Andy Alvarez photo)

‘A blatant lie’

“It’s a blatant lie for Negros’ people.”

That was the reaction yesterday of Michael dela Concepcion, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-Negros secretary general, to the statement of former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile that there were no massacres during Martial Law under the Marcos administration.

Enrile was the defense minister of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos during the Martial Law years. moremoremore

Love Negros set to bare poll plans

Love Negros is expected to officially announce its acceptance of a merger with the United Negros Alliance and name its gubernatorial bet for 2019 on Sunday.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) confirmed that a Love Negros meeting will be held Sunday to be followed by an announcement of their plans for the 2019 polls.

He, however, would not give details on what will be announced. moremoremore


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Transfer of awards to current
market stall occupants eyed

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City approved on first reading Wednesday an ordinance amending Section 2 of City Ordinance 541, series of 2011, allowing the transfer of awards to the present market block/stall/table occupants.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Bartolome Orola, said that under C.O. No. 160 of the Local Market Code of Bacolod City, the transfer of awards or sub-leasing of blocks/stalls/tables is prohibited, except in the case of death or legal incapacity of the awardee, in which case, the award may be transferred to the surviving spouse, son or daughter, or business partner.

It said illegal transfer or sub-leasing has been going on in the city’s public markets for so long, and as a way of rectifying the situation, the ordinance allowing for the transfer of awards to the present market block/stall/table occupants, aimed to straighten out the record of market leases and to put a stop to the illegal transferring and sub-leasing of market block, stall or table, was passed in 2011.