MERGE CHAMPION. Cluster 5 performers from barangays Fabrica, Malubon, Tadlong and Himoga-an Baybay highlighted corals as their conservation icon, and bagged the championship trophy in this year’s Sinigayan Festival streetdancing competition in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Guv calls for vigilance
versus private armies

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on the Philippine National Police to continue their vigilance against private armed groups that may be used by some politicians during the midterm elections, and commended the police for the neutralization of an armed group involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in Negros Occidental.

Marañon said any private armed groups in Negros Occidental should not be tolerated, and should be disbanded.

Four alleged members of a local drug group, including their leader, Mark Samson Aguirre, alias Alson Aguirre, were killed in a brief firefight with the police on Monday in Hacienda Bariw, Brgy. Santa Teresa, Manapla. moremoremore

We won’t take shortcuts
on priority projects: Bing

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the implementation of the priority projects of the city, which include the Bacolod City College and the widening and rehabilitation of roads, will start once they have been issued notices to proceed.

However, the mayor assured that they will never take any shortcuts. If the bidding process will not be finished before the election ban, they will wait until it is lifted.

Leonardia said if there is a notice to proceed, that is as good as the start of the implementation because the natural tendency of the winning bidders is to start at the soonest possible time. moremoremore


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LGUs urged to ban
selling of crablets

The local government units in Negros Occidental were urged yesterday to implement the provincial ordinance that prohibits the gathering and selling of crablets in their locality.

This was underscored during the ongoing commodity investment forum, which is part of the Negros First Provincial Agri-Fisheries Development Program of the provincial government, yesterday at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City.

Former governor and Capitol consultant on investment, Rafael Coscolluela, said the concern right now is the sustainability of blue swimming crabs, that thrive in the coastal areas from Cauayan town in the south to Escalante City in the north.