MERGE FUN. The merry-go-round at Magikland in Silay City, Negros Occidental, was a fun experience for young and old guests Saturday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

4 bishops slam killings;
Congress probe sought

The four Catholic bishops of Negros Island Saturday denounced the “unfolding cycle of violence and vendetta” that has caused a staggering number of killings in Negros Oriental.

The bishops in a collegial pastoral statement read in churches throughout Negros Island said “as your pastors, we unequivocally denounce this total disregard for the primacy and sanctity of human life.”

The figures are staggering. Nine killed on October 20, 2018, six on Dec. 27, 2018 and 14 on March 30, 2019. Then, in a period of just over a week – starting July 18 up until Saturday, 21 were killed, the bishops pointed out. moremoremore

As ex-mayor,
councilor, 3 others slain

Despite the series of killings, that included five during the weekend, local authorities in Negros Oriental maintain that they are on top of situation.

But Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo ordered the Police Regional Office 7 and the Provincial Police Office to conduct thorough and in-depth investigation on the spate of violence, as he also condemned the killings.

“Insakto na, sobra na (That’s enough, it’s too much)," Degamo stressed in a press conference on Saturday in Dumaguete City, apparently referring to the numerous killing incidents. moremoremore


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PVO: Meat prices up
in first half of 2019

The prices of meat products in Negros Occidental have increased in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, the Provincial Veterinary Office said yesterday.

Based on the 2019 mid-year report of the PVO, the supply of livestock and poultry products in the province has remained sufficient since last year, but meat prices have significantly increased from 2018 to June this year while prices of eggs have decreased, compared to the same period in the previous year.

The report showed that carabeef increased by P7.28 in the first six months this year, from P240.82 in the same period in 2018 to P248.10, as well as beef that increased by P5.86, from P247.10 to P252.96.