MERGE PROTEST. Children of landless tillers in Negros Occidental had their heads shaved in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform provincial office in Bacolod City yesterday, to protest the delayed land distribution program of the government.*

Cops seize P17.2M in drugs

The police seized P17.2 million worth of illegal drugs in Negros Island Monday and yesterday.

About two kilos of shabu with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P13.6 million were seized at Purok Makugihon, Barangay Camanjac, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental at about 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Arrested with the contraband in a backpack was Jake Lester Esquilona, 22, single, and a resident of Bayawan City, now temporarily residing in Kabulakan, Sibulan, Negros Oriental. moremoremore

Duterte arriving for MassKara

He is coming to Bacolod again.

President Rodrigo Duterte has again accepted the invitation of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia to attend the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City this month as guest of honor.

Leonardia said yesterday that when he invited the President personally to the 40th celebration of the MassKara Festival, the latter replied “Yes. I am going to show my support for you.” moremoremore


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596 kilos of pork products seized

Members of the African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental intercepted 596 kilos of pork products from Manila during an inspection at the Bacolod Real Estate and Development Corporation port in Bacolod City Monday.

Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said yesterday that the assorted pork products such as bacon, ham, and chorizo were shipped to its point of origin following the 90-day ban on pork and pork products from Luzon, after the presence of ASF was reported in the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan.

He said the intercepted pork products have an estimated value of P250,000.