MERGE SUNSET. The day is almost over and the setting of the sun promises relief from the intense heat in Sipalay, Negros Occidental.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Bacolod political rivals
set for opening salvos
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod political groups are all set for the official start of the local campaign today.

The Grupo Progreso (GP) led by its convenor, re-electionist Mayor Evelio Leonardia, will hold a motorcade in Bacolod City today after a 2 p.m. mass at the Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentino at the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos.

The motorcade will converge at the Pope John Paul Tower at the Reclamation Area where a short program will be held. moremoremore


‘Save us from dishonest candidates’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Two Negros bishops yesterday called for honesty and deep concern for the poor among candidates as the local campaign period officially kicks off today.

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said, “Honesty is a primary issue in every election, otherwise our election is all a farce, an expensive and wasteful exercise, and totally disastrous to the nation.”

“May God save our people from dishonest candidates”, Buzon said.

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza urged the candidates to truly listen to the deepest most authentic longings of the people, particularly of the most vulnerable and neglected sectors of society. moremoremore

 

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Sipalay strengthens zero waste effort
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The local government of Sipalay continues to strengthen its effort to eliminate the use of plastic in the city.

Vice Mayor Ma. Gina Lizares said the city government is set to pass its Zero Waste Ordinance, that will prohibit single-use plastics in the locality. This will be after they comply with all necessary measures, like public hearing and consultations with the different partners of the local government unit and its constituents.

“We already started eliminating the use of plastics, especially in our city hall,” she said.