MERGE WINNERS. The MassKara Festival “Best Costume Model” winners at the Robinsons Place in Bacolod City yesterday were Education and Training Center School III for the elementary level, Luisa Medel National High School – secondary level and Tangub – barangay category.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

EJKs resume in NegOr

The driver of a local government unit rescue vehicle was shot and killed Saturday by four suspected New People’s Army rebels, making him the fifth victim of a shooting incident in Negros Oriental since Thursday last week in Negros Oriental.

The victim identified by the police as Artilano Gomez, 54, succumbed to a bullet wound in the forehead.

Police investigation showed that Gomez was having breakfast at a “karenderya” when the four suspects asked him to come out and gunned him down when he did, in Sitio Panangan, Brgy. Candabong, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. moremoremore

‘Icon of democracy lost’

The League of Cities of the Philippines and Bacolod City mourn the passing away of former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. who championed the cause for local autonomy, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Pimentel, 85, died at 5 a.m. yesterday, his son, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, said.

“Tatay was sick of lymphoma which is a form of cancer. This already spread throughout his body. In the end it was the heart which gave up,” his son said. moremoremore


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PVO levels up animal genetic program

The Provincial Veterinary Office has levelled up its animal genetic improvement program through artificial insemination of prime beef and dairy cattle breeds.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that PVO recently receive d semen straws of wagyu and angus beef type cattle as well as high-milk producer girolando and gyr from the Department of Agriculture under its United Artificial Insemination Program.

Angus and wagyu cattle are Scottish and Japanese breeds, respectively, known for their finely-marbled meat that typically creates a more tender, juicy, and flavorful meat, he said. He added that girolando and gyr are Brazilian and Indian breeds that are high milk producers , yielding 10 to 15 liters a day, and highly adaptable to tropical condition.