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Ambush of Live-in Partners Probed

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Land conflict and illegal numbers game are being eyed as motives of the ambush of live-in partners which resulted to the death of a woman along Sitio Balia, Barangay Lagaan, Calatrava about 8:00 Sunday morning.

SAN CARLOS CITY’s ordinance against smoking in public places includes the display of tarpaulins such as this one.* (Arman Toga photo)

SUMMER JOBBERS. Students availing of the summer job program in Kabankalan City, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Kabankalan Gov’t, are not only assigned in government offices but also in the streets, experiencing the life of street cleaners.* (Arman Toga photos)

Police Senior Inspector Mark Angelo Jungco, Calatrava police chief said, they are investigating the motive of the incident to establish the identity of suspects.

Mavie Diongson, 23, was declared dead on arrival at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital due to multiple gunshot wounds in the body.

She was first rushed to Alfredo Marañon, Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Barangay Bato, Sagay City, but was transferred to the regional hospital in Bacolod City.

Archie Bantilan, 28, “alias Cafgu”survived the carnage sustaining gunshot wounds in the arms and leg.

Batilan is reportedly a close-in bodyguard of Sangguniang Bayan member Vicente “Oti” Bacordo, former head of an armed group in northern Negros Occidental before he became a town councilor of Salvador Benedicto.

Calatrava Village Chief, Bodyguard Killed in Ambush

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Calatrava police authorities are still investigating the motive behind and the identity of the suspects who ambushed and killed Barangay Cruz village chief and his bodyguard in Barangay Malatas in the town Tuesday.

Police Senior Inspector Mark Angelo Jungco, Calatrava police chief identified the victim as Rodolfo Antenero, of legal age, of Brgy. Cruz and his bodyguard who is a retired Philippine Marine Raymund Sevilla, of Barangay Patun-an, of the town.

‘We Will Not Go Hungry’, If We Lose 1,000 Has. to Solar Power Plant

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson had a different take regarding the plan of a German firm to construct a 700-megawatt solar farm in 1,000 hectares of land in the province’s first district area.

HINIGARAN FARMERS. About 75 members of Palayog Farm Workers Association ( PAFWA) in Hinigaran town held a picket yesterday in front of DAR office to press for their installation. They claimed that the hacienda is being leased by a landowner despite that they are already CLOA holders. CLOA holders are also accusing Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officials as fixer/brokers for the lessors.* (Archie Alipalo photo)

BRONZE & SILVER MEDALIST. Andres Bonfacio Elementary School II Mar Joseph S. Marañon, Bronze Medalist in Amateur Photography Contest (4th left) and Aldrich Rey B. Balgomera, Silver Medalist in Drawing Contest (2nd right) with Teacher-Adviser Eva D. Granada (3rd left) and Mam Delia B. Gonzales, (right) awarded by F/Supt. Fred L. Trajeras, Negros Occ. Prov’l Fire Marshall and F/CInsp. Bartolome O. Beliran, Bacolod City Fire Marshall and F/SInsp. Publio D. Ploteña, Deputy Fire Marshall, on Bureau of Fire Protection’s Fire Prevention Month Celebration 2015 at Robinsons Place Bacolod City recently.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

”If you look at the whole picture, this German firm was referring to the first district and the only available 1,000 hectares of contiguous land area can be found in haciendas which are now planted by sugarcane,” Lacpn pointed out.

“I think the governor (Maranon) showed his concern about food security program in the province,” Lacson said.

“I don’t think we will go hungry if we lose this 1,000 hectares of land,” he said.

Earlier, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. advised possible investors in renewable energy in the province to ensure that it is not on “prime agricultural land”.

A German firm, Buskowitz Development Inc. is looking for a 1,000 hectares site in the province’ first district as area for a solar farm that is targeted to generate 700 megawatts of power.

Thomas Deeg, chief operating officer and Cristina Vardeleon, recently met with Mayors Melecio Yap Jr. of Escalante City and Araceli Somosa of Calatrava, Councilor Christopher Paul Carmona, representing San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor.

Atty. Pondevilla Now Full-fledged NONECO GM

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The National Elec-trification Administration (NEA) has just confirmed Atty. Danny L. Pondevilla as regular General Manager of the Manapla-based Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NONECO).

Pondevilla has been NONECO’s OIC-GM for a few years.

He and the current Board of Directors are responsible for turning around the financial health of the electric cooperative.

Micro, Small Enterprises in Calatrava Get DTI’s LSP Kits

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Eight pandan weavers of the Municipality of Calatrava were recipients of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Livelihood Seeding Program (SLP) kits. This initiative is part of the agency’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts after the Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Province last November 2013.