MERGE Lion dancers at the opening of the Acacia Hotel Bacolod (formerly Bacolod Pavillon Hotel)* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Duterte hits video splicing
Supports Leonardia’s re-election bid

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he did not implicate Mayor Evelio Leonardia in the illegal drug trade and scored former mayor Monico Puentevella for using his name to do so.

In fact, he is supporting Leonardia’s reelection bid, the president said.

In a 4.40-minute video on his Rody Duterte Facebook page that had 242,000 views and 5,448 shares as of 11 last night, the President reacted to what, he said, was the splicing of his speeches to make it appear that he had implicated Leonardia. moremoremore

Bredco investing P24B
in reclamation expansion

The Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp., with taipan Lucio Co, is investing about PHP24 billion for the reclamation of 300 hectares more of foreshore land in Bacolod City, Bredco president John Palanca Alonte, said yesterday.

The reclamation work will start immediately after all the government approvals are obtained and they hope to finish it in two to three years, Alonte said.

The expanded Bacolod reclamation area will allow for the possible setting up of an export processing zone and a transshipment zone where large vessels can dock. That will be a big boost to the growth of the city and Negros Occidental, Alonte added. moremoremore


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400 dry spell-hit farmers file claims

Some 400 farmers in Negros Occidental, who were affected by the ongoing dry spell, have filed notices of loss in production with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.

Dina Genzola, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said adjusters will evaluate and conduct an assessment on the site to determine the amount of indemnities the affected farmers can claim.

If approved, the affected farmers can get their claims within a month, she added. More farmers are expected to file notices of loss as the persistent dry spell continues to damage crops, she said.