MERGE Dr. Evangeline Johnson in front of the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital that will be inaugurated tomorrow* (CPG photo)

Duterte meets 5 cops,
orders lifestyle checks


President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said an investigation and lifestyle check will proceed against relieved Bacolod police director, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, and four other policemen, whom he has accused of enabling the proliferation of illegal drugs in Bacolod City

The president made the pronouncement at an about 20-minute meeting with the five policemen in Malacañang at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police regional director, told the DAILY STAR.

Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde and Bulalacao were with the five policemen during the meeting with the President. moremoremore

120-bed hospital to open tomorrow

The lack of patient bed space in Bacolod City is expected to be eased with the opening of a hospital in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, tomorrow.

The Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, located at the site of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital that closed down last year, will be operated by an entirely new company, Dr. Evangeline Johnson, its consultant and spokesperson, said yesterday.

Her son, Lucho Giron, is the president and chief executive officer of the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital Inc., the company that will operate it. moremoremore


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14 tourism road infra projects
approved in NegOcc, Bacolod

Fourteen tourism road infrastructure projects (TRIPs) in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, worth P610 million, were approved last year, under the convergence program of the departments of Tourism and of Public Works and Highways.

Records furnished by Negros Occidental Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, Cristine Mansinares, yesterday showed that, of the 35 proposed TRIPs for the province, 14 were given funding in 2018, and are among the 79 projects approved across Western Visayas.

The P610 million is part of the P2.49 billion worth of tourism road infrastructure projects, with Iloilo province taking the biggest slice of the pie at P844,850,000. Negros Occidental got P520 million, and Bacolod City P90 million worth of approved constructions in 2018.