MERGE Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. comforts Vice Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo in Moises Padilla following the ambush-slay of her brother and nephew, yesterday*

Ambush: 2 Garcias die

About 20 armed men ambushed the convoy of mayoralty bet Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo in Sitio Dresden, Brgy. Inolingan, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, yesterday that claimed the lives of her brother and nephew, who is a town councilor.

Moises Padilla Councilor Michael Garcia and his uncle, Mark Garcia, former Liga ng Barangay head of Moises Padilla, and brother of Garcia-Yulo, were both killed in the ambush, Capt. Junji Liba, town police chief, said yesterday.

Garcia was the third councilor to be killed in Negros Occidental in less than a month, with Moises Padilla Councilor Jolomar Hilario killed on March 30, followed by Escalante City Councilor Bernardino “Toto” Patigas on April 22. moremoremore

P1M reward offered for killers

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and presumptive vice governor Jeffrey Ferrer have put up a P1 million reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the ambush-slay of Moises Padilla Councilor Michael Garcia and his uncle, Mark Garcia, in Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, yesterday.

They also called on President Rodrigo Duterte to help ensure that justice is obtained for the slain Garcias, and on the Commission on Elections to place Moises Padilla under Comelec control for the May 13 polls.

Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo, who issued a similar appeal to the president and the Comelec, blamed her political opponent for the death of her brother and nephew. moremoremore


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ICT in Bacolod remains strong: Ang

Bacolod City’s decline in the Tholons ranking is a temporary setback that may affect the momentum of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Business Process Management (BPM) here but I believe that there is no immediate cause for concern, Councilor Em Ang, ICT focal officer of Bacolod City, said in a press statement.

Ang said the ICT industry in Bacolod remains strong and continues to grow, with new players coming in and hiring more workers, which, needless to say, is good for our local economy.

Except for Manila that has maintained its number 2 spot, out of the four other Philippine cities in the Tholons list last year, only Cebu and Davao remain, but both cities have also dropped in their rankings.