MERGE Escapees Michael Peñoso, Jeffrey Elangos, Sunny Capa and Ely Lorence Sazon back at the Bacolod Police Station 3 detention cell.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Capitol help desk set,
prayers vs. war urged

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he has ordered the creation of a help desk to assist Negrenses who will be repatriated from the Middle East following the escalating US-Iran tensions

Iran fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing the US military, and Iranian state television said yesterday it was in response to Friday's killing of general Qassem Soleimani, one of the most important figures in the country's government.

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon called on the faithful to pray for peace in the Middle East with the escalating hostilities between the US and Iran. moremoremore

La Carlota mayor dies

La Carlota City Mayor Luis “Jacky” Jalandoni III, 52, succumbed to liver cancer at the St. Luke's Medical Center at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said yesterday.

The flag was flying at half-mast for Jalandoni yesterday in La Carlota City where he served as mayor from 2001-2004 and 2016 until the time of his passing away. He had also served La Carlota City as vice mayor and councilor.

Dr. Rex Jalando-on took over as mayor of La Carlota City with the death of Jalandoni. The city’s number one councilor David “Junjun” Baga Jr. will take over as vice mayor, Ferrer said. moremoremore


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NegOcc pork demand peaking

The demand for pork in Negros Occidental is peaking as more buyers from neighboring provinces are interested in sourcing local pork from the province, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Despite of the African swine fever outbreak in Luzon, the demand for pork in the province has surged because of the recent Typhoon Ursula, that battered Western Visayas, he said.

The typhoon, that left millions of pesos in damages to agriculture and livestock in the region, also destroyed some broiler farms and piggeries, that could take months to recover, Decena said.