‘No STL Franchise Yet in Bacolod’

As of this date, there is no franchiser yet for Small Town Lottery (STL) operation here, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia at the presscon yesterday. “If ever some apply, then Bacolod will go for it because STL is legal. And anything not legal will not be allowed. More so that the police is intensifying its campaign against illegal gambling. If ever illegal gambling here is found out to be a problem, then Col. Mark Wanky will take charge of it,” says Mayor Leonardia.

Meanwhile, Leonardia said, security is a priority in the upcoming ASEAN summit that Bacolod City will host. Dubbed 15th Senior Officials Responsible for Information (SOMRI), it is slated on March 21 to 23, 2017, with the Presidential Communications Office as lead agency.

Today, February 17, there will be series of meetings by different working committees for the ASEAN, according to Leonardia. Since security is top aspect in the summit, Leonardia said, the Police Regional Office 18 through regional director Gen. Renato Gumban is adopting measures for the security of the summit delegates, because if there is something unusual to happen, it is bad for the image of Bacolod City. “The ASEAN Summit has tourism value. So we can not afford that something happens for it will create negative news worldwide, considering that the delegates are coming from different countries,” he said.

For this event, the city has been intensifying its campaign on Task Force “Paninlo” or cleaning especially the removal of illegal structures along the throughfares installed by illegal squatters.

Executive Assistant retired police chief Col. Celestino Guara said they will make everything smooth and soft to the people concerned while enforcing the clearing operation.*(EBColmo)