MERGE CLEANING NEEDED. Laundry and garbage were still strewn around at the Burgos Public Cemetery in Bacolod City yesterday as the Feast of the Dead nears.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


WV gets 14 new judges
Seven set for Negros
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Western Visayas has 14 new judges, seven of whom were assigned to Negros Occidental.

They were recently appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte from the list of nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council, a constitutionally-created body that recommends appointees for vacancies in the judiciary branch.

The new judges will cover the municipal circuit trial courts, municipal trial courts and municipal trial courts in cities of Western Visayas. moremoremore


Nuncio shows solidarity
with NegOr amid killings
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, has expressed solidarity with the people of Negros Oriental amid the spate of killings that have rocked the province in recent months.

Archbishop Caccia was on a two-day trip in Dumaguete starting Monday for a series of activities in line with his pastoral visit to the Diocese of Dumaguete, and to attend the founding day anniversary of St. Paul University - Dumaguete.

In an interview on Monday evening, the Papal Nuncio said: “First of all, as a message of solidarity for the family of the victims, we always pray for any people who (have) lost (their) life, and we want to express solidarity, sorrow, condolences, to those who are affected.” moremoremore

 

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NegOcc officials urged to work
double time to address poverty
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Secretary Noel Felongco of the National Anti-Poverty Commission urged officials of Negros Occidental to work “double time” on poverty alleviation programs.

Felongco, who was in the province recently, made this call after the province placed second on the poverty incidence among the population in Western Visayas with 24.3 percent in the first half of 2018, from 36.9 percent in the same period in 2015.

He said provincial government officials and local chief executives should “work double time” to address the poverty problem in the province.