MERGE Protesters in front of ABS-CBN in Bacolod City and on board vehicles staged a noise barrage in support of the network, Saturday.* (Glazyl Yulo Masculino photo)

Bishop, protesters slam
shutdown of ABS-CBN

Bacolod residents on board close to 100 vehicles drove through the city’s major thoroughfares for about an hour late Saturday with lights flashing and horns blaring in a show of support for ABS-CBN, its 11,000 employees who will lose their jobs at the end of August, and freedom of the press.

In front of the network’s Bacolod broadcast station at Lacson Street, a crowd also gathered for a solidarity rally in support of ABS-CBN.

A group also gathered in front of the Bishop’s House for a “Rosary for Democracy” led by Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon. moremoremore

Covid positive carpenter dies

A 60-year-old carpenter from Purok Mahimulaton, Zone 5, Barangay Banago, Bacolod City died Wednesday and was cremated on the same day before test results showing that he was positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was released, Banago Barangay Captain Ricky Mijares said yesterday.

Mijares said he was only informed of the matter Thursday so he ordered 11 houses in the purok, where the carpenter lived, sealed off. They are now waiting for the opinion of Dr. Grace Tan if there is a need for the affected residents to undergo swab testing.

Also, four houses in Purok Riverside, Zone 3 in Banago were sealed off after a 25-year-old male locally stranded individual (LSI) tested positive of COVID-19 and was transferred to a quarantine facility Thursday. He arrived in Bacolod on July 13, Mijares said. moremoremore


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DAR 6 resolves
3,717 cases in 1H 2020

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Western Visayas delivered the highest number of cases resolved at 3,717 in the first half of 2020, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

The DAR reported that after its legal sector accomplished a zero case backlog last year, it came up with satisfactory performance in the first half of 2020, for resolving 14,372 cases out of the 18,124 agrarian law implementation cases received, marking a 79.3 percent accomplishment rating.

Aside from DAR 6, those with the highest number of cases resolved are Soccsksargen or Region 12 with 1,584 cases, Calabarzon Region 4-A, 1,065 cases, and Northern Mindanao in Region 10 with 928 cases.