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Edith Colmo

Reactions: What They Liked, and Missed in PNoy’s Speech

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The Chief Justice was serene when asked about the chief executive’s statements critical of the court; the Vice President had unsolicited advice for his boss; and a former president said the SONA lacked the kind of vision that went into building a nation over the long term.

OUR VERY OWN Negrense filmmaker Jay Abello receives a Certificate of Recognition in his Exceptional Accomplishments in the Field of Cinema. Given by Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue & Mr. Alan S. Gensoli.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Still, most lawmakers allied with the President were expectedly supportive of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Senate President Franklin Drilon said President Aquino has put a face to the progress achieved by the administration on policies enforced, and economic gains.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, asked in an ambush interview how she felt about the President Aquino’s recent statements seemingly castigating the Supreme Court after its 13-0 ruling that deemed unconstitutional his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Her reply: "You can’t have an emotional court. ....we have professional duties."

Vice President Jejomar Binay, singled out by Mr. Aquino as "someone who knows what we’ve been through," was asked what he thought of the President’s reference to the 2016 polls, where Aquino said people must elect someone who will doubtless be committed to continue the reforms he began.

Negros Solon: Coup Plot Won’t Succeed

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Destabilization plot will not succeed at this point in time of the Aquino administration without the support of the military in the active service.

Thus said Samahang Magdalo Partylist Representative, Gary Alejano, a former marine captain who hails from Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

Negros Occ. is Short Rice Production

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Considering the continued increase of population in the province of Negros Occidental, its rice production last year of 6,213,597 bags is not enough to feed the 3.1 population, according to the National Food Authority (NFA) here.

PMA Entrance Exams Set August 3

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Maj. Ray Tiongson, chief, Public Affairs Office, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army announces the entrance examination schedule for those interested to join the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the elite school for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

For Panay and Negros Islands, Tiongson said, the examination is set on August 3, 2014.

Governor Slams SOPA

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Reacting on the State of the People’s Address (SOPA) of some militant groups simultaneous to the SONA of PNoy, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said, whatever the government does for the people, the militant and cause- oriented groups will still condemn because they believe they are the only right people, and the government is bad.

SONA rallyists bear the heavy downpour during their protest rally Monday afternoon.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Army: ‘Kangaroo Court Incompetent to Decide’

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The Kangaroo Court, which is the alleged justice system of the CPP-NPA-NDF is not competent to decide cases because it does not give opportunity to the suspect to be heard or defend himself but just kill after telling him of his flaws.

Thus said Col John Aying, commanding officer, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army during the army hour program in a Bacolod radio station yesterday. He said, this group just kill anyone whom they suspect traitor to their organization; usually the victim is innocent and armless, and completely disregard human rights.

Metro Negros Coastal, Marine Resource Management Agreement Looms

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Considering that the Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod is empowered to protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment, such as dynamite fishing, and other forms of destructive fishing, illegal logging and smuggling of logs, smuggling of natural resources,products of endangered species of flora and fauna, and other activities which result in pollution, acceleration of eutrophication of rivers and lakes, or of ecological imbalance, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod

Arles Scion Notice Fruitless Efforts of Police in Arresting the Accused

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Philip Arles, son of the late Judge Henry Arles, noticed that the efforts of the police in Kabankalan City seem fruitless because until now, they have not apprehended the accused for the murder of his father.

SP Urges PNP, DPWH, LGUs Provide Security Measures at Bacolod Airport Access Road

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The members of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City have approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito to request the offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), police, local government units

to put up security measures and facilities to safeguard the lives and properties of motorists passing the access road to the Bacolod Airport.

Central Negros Command Cites Successes Achieved (Part I)

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A spokesman for Central Negros of the Leonardo Panaligan command, has once more declared that inspite of government claims that they are whittling down guerrilla forces nationwide and causing serious setbacks to the revolutionary movement through arrests of many of their leaders, the guerrillas recruits have increased substantially by 40 percent in their front alone.

KOREANS SIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH USLS. City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) with Choi Kyong Hel, JeonJu National University of Education President Yoo Kwang Chan, Ph.D, Park June Chul and University of Saint La Salle Director for External Relations Rhoderick Samonte during their courtesy call yesterday. The Korean nationals are here in the city to sign an exchange program Memorandum of Agreement with USLS and a future collaboration with the city wherein they are willing to donate used computers to public schools.*

Ka JB Regalado also announced in a statement released on tape that the number of people in mass bases have also increased by several folds as well, and that they are determined to eliminate incidence of criminality as well, oftentimes committed by soldiers, paramilitary unit members of the CAFGUs, bandits and abusive armed groups tolerated by the military in their area of operations in Central Negros where the 11th IB and 12th IB units are deployed.

Church Make Recommendation: Total Ban for Wet & Wild Parties

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"Indecent activities like wet & wild parties are not giving benefit at all to the youths. It does not promote good values because what you see from such parties are no longer beneficial to them."

Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director, Social Action Center, diocese of Bacolod, opts for total ban of Wet and Wild parties in the city.* (EBColmo)

Thus said Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Bacolod.

Brgy. Sum-ag Officials Donate Electrical, Cooking Tools to School

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The excess electrical materials from the barangay electrician training of Brgy. Sum-ag were donated by the village officials to Sum-ag National High School. Brgy. Capt. Rodney Carmona said it is timely because many classrooms of the school have obsolete electrical wirings and need replacement.

‘Illegal Slaughtering’ Busted, BMMC Pathway Closure Settled

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Community vigilance and peaceful negotiations with rightful owners produce positive result. A day before the intended closure of the pathway at the Bacolod Murcia Milling Corporation in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, the illegal slaughterer of animals was caught red handed by the vigilant residents of Brgy. 41. Led by Brgy. Capt. Leonilo Colegado, with Kagawads Darie Penuela and Richard Derla, and tips from the residents in Purok 3, Brgy. 41, people slaughtering the animals near the well used by the residents were surprised being caught unaware

Pilferage Remains Top Problem of CENECO

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Pilferage in electricity is still a problem of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO). Usually, the jumpers in the residential consumers is robbing the Coop of its power supply. Thus said Mr. Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., CENECO General Manager. For year 2013, total systems loss caused by pilferage has reached more than 14%, which is higher than the allowed 13% systems loss by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude Part II

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Retired Col. Isabelo delos Reyes, former civil military operations (CMO) officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade said, Gen. Bautista is soft spoken but firm, approachable and does not burst. He is not bossy to the junior officers and men. He implemented Bayanihan program by involving all sectors in delivering services to the hinterlands as a way of attaining peace which is a show window of the AFP. While he rigidly implement the Bayanihan concept of peace, Gen. Bautista at the same time worked for economic development of the community.

Court Employees Mourn

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Employees at the Hall of Justice who are members of the Court Employees Association Negros Occidental Chapter were mourning since yesterday by sporting black T-shirts.

This is to express their dismay over the gestures of President Benigno Aquino which allegedly seemed to disobey the decision of the Supreme Court - the highest court of the land. Reportedly, they met yesterday afternoon and discussed their plan to conduct silent protest simultaneous to the state of nation address of Pres. Aquino on Monday, July 28.

Huge Unpaid Gov’t Bills Hinder CENECO’s Major Repair Jobs

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The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) has lots of major repair jobs, like replacing primary poles and lines to prevent or significantly minimize power outages which can occur even just by a touch of small leaves.

Oher poles are also already reclining, but we find difficulty in doing repair jobs due to limited funds. The huge unpaid electric bills of the government is major factor that hinder our major repair jobs.

Thus said CENECO General Manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr. in a weekend interview.

‘Basura Baylo Bugas’ Stirs Residents

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As part of environmental advocacy and food for work program, a project dubbed - Basura Baylo Bugas (garbage in exchange of rice) was held over the weekend in Brgy. Singcang Airport in Bacolod City.

It was a joint efforts of the Bacolod City Host Lions Club, Jaime Ongpin Foundation Embrace program, offices of Bacolod Councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito, and Barangay Singcang Airport officials led by Brgy. Capt. Rosinie Distrito.

AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude (Part 1)

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Army Gen. Emmanuel Bautista was sent off Friday by no less that President Noynoy Aquino at a simple ceremony, as he retires from government service, with the last position as Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, author of Bayanihan Concept advocacy, his legacy in the AFP in winning the peace and addressing insurgency.* Photo from 3rd Infantry Division, PA

SP Asks DPWH, Solon: Install Traffic Safety, Street Names on National Roads

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod approved the resolution of Councilor Caesar Distritio during midweek session, to request the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Cong. Evelio Leonardia to install traffic safety and street name signs in all national roads of the city.

The national roads particularly Lacson Street as one of the busiest streets in Bacolod City have no sufficient traffic safety signs, which pose danger to our constituents.

TB Remains Major Challenge to Treat: DOH

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Although tuberculosis (TB) is easy to treat, but it remains a major challenge according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Ms. Lorna Garde, head, provincial National TB Program, Negros Occidental admits, TB is curable but some patients are hard to treat because they do not go out, or can not depart from their vices.* (EBColmo)

SP Urges DPWH, Cong Leonardia to Set Up Pedestrian Lanes Fronting SRA

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The resolution of Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chair, Women and Gender committee was approved during the midweek session to request the Office of Congressman Evelio Leonardia and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set up pedestrian lanes fronting the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) along Araneta Street, for the protection of persons crossing the highway.

The area, Verdeflor said, has thick commercial establishments and the fast moving motored vehicles are plying along the area.

Feedbacks: On PNoy’s Call for Support on DAP Church says ‘That’s Divisive’

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Reacting to the call of Pres. Noynoy Aquino to those who support him regarding the Dibursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to wear yellow ribbon, Msgr. Felix Pasquin of San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City said, "it is divisive". During the radio interview yesterday, Msgr. Pasquin said, "the President should be the model and modest to our law. All of us must follow our constitution. The President must defend and protect our Constitution. The Supreme Court decision declaring DAP as unconstitutional was based on the

PNoy’s Ulat: 10 Out of 11 Gave Nega Observation

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Among the underground economist, those selling foods along the sidewalk and those eating at sidewalk eateries while watching TV yesterday afternoon, gave negative observations on the Ulat ng Pangulo. They have unified reactions: “We can not understand President Pnoy. Why did he focus on defending the DAP, and disregard the plight of those allegedly in the pork scam? Instead, they rated the President 5 or below 5 at the scale of 10. Also, out of 11 respondents, 10 have said they can not understand his report why he seemed defensive on the DAP but silent on pork barrel.”

DENR-CDRRMO Mitigation Activities vs Storm Surge

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Series of mitigating activities are being conducted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Bacolod City, to protect the people in case of a storm surge.

52 OSY Finish Free Computer Servicing Training

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As a commitment to the less privileged and hopeless out of school youths, Batch 22 comprising 52 trainees finished the 3 month free computer servicing training program conducted by Grande Computer Outreach and Training Center, Inc, at Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.

Grande training staff with officers, L-R: Vice chair Engr Raylan Mondragon, trainor Dianne May Deloma, Brgy. Capt. Febe Legaspi, Chair Beth Jocson, trainors Tina and Efren Taocta.* (EBColmo)

Despite No PDAF: Leonardia Brings P800-M Projects to Bacolod

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As a neophyte congressman, Representative Evelio R. Leonardia of the lone district of Bacolod City was able to implement infrastructure projects worth P892,843,735.00 for the people of Bacolod City, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Left photo: Representative of the lone district of Bacolod, Evelio "Bing" Leonardia (center), is being greeted by his supporters and well-wishers after he delivered his state of the district address (SODA). Right photo: members of the Sunshine Boys, businessmen Col. Pompeyo Querubin, transport tycoon Ricardo Yanson and Atty. Jose "Toti" Ramos.* (EBColmo)

Muslims Disown Badjaos

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The Maranao Traders Association of Muslims in Bacolod City with over 200 members lead by Sultan Marangi strongly deny or disown the Badjaos who are roaming around the city.

Sultan Marangi (right), leader of Maranao Traders, is one of the Muslim brothers who occupies one side of the sidewalk along Luzurriaga Street for more than 40 years already. Left photo, a Badjao hunchback begs at the sidewalk at the downtown area.* (EBColmo)

NEA Reports: ‘Only 3 Electric Coops in WV Rated Compliant’

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In the first quarter of 2014 report of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the performance of electric cooperatives in the country, as published in its website, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) was recorded as belonging to the yellow line, however it was evaluated compliant because it has an average rating of 89%.

Next is red line which means ailing.

NEA’S performance rating on EC’s color coding is green for grade 90 to 100%, yellow for 51 to 89%, and red for 50 and below.

SP Urges CHO Start Dengue Awareness Drive in the Barangays

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Considering that rainy season has started and dengue cases have been reported rising, Bacolod City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, committee chairperson on Women and Gender Development, is urging the City Health Office, through the Office of the City Mayor, to start dengue awareness and prevention measures in the City of Bacolod.

Gov. Degamo Denies Opposing 1 Negros Island Region

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"I am not opposing the move to have a one island one region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. I did not say 70% of people in Negros Oriental are not amenable to this move. The issue came out only in the feedbacking of a radio station here, wherein host announcer solicited the reaction of public for the 1 island region through calls and text messages. It happened that 63 said no and 47 said yes."

No Rice Hoarding in Bacolod: NFA

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National Food Authority (NFA)-Negros Occidental General Manager Procopio Trabajo II said yesterday, there is no hoarding of rice in Bacolod City or elsewhere in Negros Occidental. He said, it is impossible for the rice traders to hoard because there is sufficient stocks of rice at the NFA warehouse. NFA has 600,000 sacks of rice stock, enough until the end of 2014. Also, they are conducting inventory of the new arrival of imported rice at the warehouse.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist), Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Negros Occ.) together with PSSupt. Benigno B. Durana, Jr., Chief of the PNP Law Enforcement Division and Internal Security Operations; PCSupt. Jonathan Miano, Chief of the PNP National Operation Center; P/Chief Supt. Josephus G. Angan, Regional Director, PNP–Region VI; and Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office Director, PSSupt. Milko Lirazan, among others, during a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

But he expressed surprise why Bacolod City sells higher prices of NFA rice than those in the municipalities, when in fact, it is delivered to them directly. Out of town prices of NFA rice is from P34 to P39.00 per kilo, while in Bacolod it costs P40.00, almost close to the price of commercial rice which is P42 to P44.00 a kilo.

Trabajo was surprised to receive feedbacks that in some areas, no NFA rice is found in the market because the traders are allegedly mixing it with the commercial rice varieties.

Trabajo did not discount the tricks of rice traders that the NFA rice are mixed into commercial rice, and the selling price is that of the commercial rice.

He said he has coordinated with the offices of CIDG and NBI to conduct inspection of rice traders regarding the reported adulteration of commercial rice with NFA rice, and overpricing. Whoever is found doing this would mean legal action against the perpetrators that would be tantamount to cancellation of their license as rice trader, Trabajo disclosed.

Sum-ag Barangay Council Claims Brgy. Punta Taytay is still a Sitio of Sum-ag

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Members of the Barangay Council of Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City lead by Barangay Capt. Rodney Carmona, are claiming that technically speaking, Brgy. Punta Taytay remains a sitio of Brgy. Sum-ag because its creation did not pass the legal procedure. It did not follow the guidelines of Republic Act 1859 and Republic Act 7160 which both require that before creating a new barangay, there must be public consultation or plebiscite.

Carnapping Incidents Rise: PRO 6

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There is tremendous increase in carnapping incidents in Western Visayas according to Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 Director Pol Chief Supt. Josephus Angan. He compared the incidence in the first quarter of last year to this year, where there were 161 carnapping incidence in January to May 2013, but in the same period this year, it rose to 250 cases.

City Might Cancel Business Permit of AVM Bernardo

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Despite follow up with the office of the Permit and Licensing Division at the Bacolod City Hall, the business permit of AVM Bernardo has not been released yet.

Distrito To Urge Schools Management to Implement the Anti-Hazing Law

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Councilor Caesar Distrito, who topped the number of resolutions passed in the Bacolod SP, is again pushing another resolution for the public’s general welfare. With co-authors Councilor Em Ang, Bobby Rojas and Carl Lopez, this resolution will be deliberated today at the SP session, to request the management of all public and private secondary and tertiary schools in Bacolod City, to implement measures in preventing hazing among fraternities and sororities within their jurisdictions in compliance with Republic Act 8049, an

Schistosomiasis Outbreak in 3 Calatrava Barangays

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Three barangays in the northern town of Negros Occidental have reportedly an outbreak of schistosomias.

Molasses, Gifts, Housewares Top Negros Exports: DTI

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For year 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental reported that molasses and gifts/housewares are leading products exported to other countries.

According to Engr. Engiemar Tupas, acting division chief of the business development division of DTI here, Japan, Middle East, Europe and United States of America (USA) are common export markets of Negros Occidental products.

Vendors Oppose Plan to Let Private Hands in Public Markets

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 Vendors in the public markets are strongly opposing the plan of the city government to privatize the operation of public markets.

Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Markets and Slaughterhouse chairman recently announced that he is introducing a private-public initiative to improve and beautify the city’s public markets.

Presently, lots of vendors occupying the market stalls have delinquent accounts with the city government having failed to pay the monthly stall rentals for a long period of time.

Negros – Biggest Shrimp Producer Capiz Tops in Bangus

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 The suppliers of feeds for fish and shrimps ponds revealed that in the Visayas, Negros has the highest production of shrimp, while the province of Capiz top in bangus production. This was revealed by Cargill sales people, having supplied the fishpond and shrimp producers with necessary tools and feeds for improved harvest production.

Right photo: Ribbon cutting at the opening of 9th National Shrimp Congress, yesterday, Bacolod Pavillon Resorts and Hotel. L-R; Congress Chairman Raul Flores, Atty. Asis Perez, director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Gina Millan, with his father Roberto Bob Gatuslao - president of PhilShrimp. Left photo: Cargill officers (one of the exhibitors), L-R; Jojo Tendencia, technical business manager, Tommy Tablatin - area manager for Panay and Negros, and Bing Torres, regional manager for Visayas and Mindanao.* (EBColmo)

Bizmen Rate Puentevella 10:8

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The businessmen in Bacolod City rated Mayor Monico Puentevella for his one year administration, 8 out of 10. According to Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Puentevella has done satisfactory performance in his job since he took over the leadership. Carbon cited some positive result of Puentevella’s administration: he reduced the traffic congestion in choke areas during peak hours; some defective traffic lights were made functional; garbage which usually eyesore in downtown area are

Bacolodnons Denounce Killing of Servando through Hazing

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People of Bacolod City are condemning to the highest degree the inhuman act that claimed the life of Guillo Cesar Servando, 18, a student on Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) St. Benilde School, Manila, who died Monday night due to intense physical injury caused by hazing in his initiation by the Alpha Kappa Rho (AKRHO) Fraternity.

PRO6 Needs 873 Cops This Year

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Iloilo City - In order to cope with the demand of police services in the community, and double its efforts in crime prevention the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 needs 873 policemen. This is ideal in the police-population ratio which is 1 policeman for every 500 population.

Pol. Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PRO 6 Regional Director warns his men that lean months is in the offing, so crimes involving property are escalating.

Angan to Cops, Brgy. Officials: ‘Intensify Anti-Illegal Drug Drives’

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At the start of the month-long Police Community Relations Month celebration, Chief Supt. Josephus Garrote Angan, Regional Police Director, ordered policemen to intensify anti-illegal drugs campaigns.

Police Inspector Shela Mae Sangrines, Regional PNP Public Information Officer said, Angan in ceremonies yesterday also called the attention of barangay officials to support his campaign against illegal drugs, and encourage them to utilize their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

Trillanes for VP or President in 2016?

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For 2016 election, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he will run for either vice president or president. He divulged his plan during a presscon over the weekend, prior to his speaking engagement as guest speaker at the 39th annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) of Central Negros Electric cooperative (CENECO) at the West Negros University Gym.

However, he said, his decision will depend on the outcome of the convention or assembly of their party, Nacionalista Party, on December 24, wherein Manny Villar is their chairman.

‘Big Politicans Behind Illegal Logging’

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Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental said there are politicians who are involved in the illegal cutting of trees in the mountains of the town.

PATROL CAR. A refurbished Mitsubishi Lancer being turned over to the Bacolod City Police Office by Bantay Banwa member Vic Tan following the regular meeting of the Bacolod City Peace and Order Council. From, (left) newly appointed BCPO OIC S/Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, Pastor Efren Dela Cruz of Bantay Banwa, City Mayor Monico Puentevella, TMU chief Insp. Roger Ong, Romie Li of Republic Hardware, DILG OIC Cherryl Tacda, Bantay Banwa’s Dot Soliven and Police Officer 4 Julito Colantro.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Estrao, however admitted that he can not pinpoint the names of such politicians behind the cutting of endangered species of trees.

He said there is no sufficient evidence yet against the alleged politicians, adding that reports reaching him about them came from the people commissioned to do the actual cutting of trees.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENBO) in the area earlier also said that private persons with the money to finance the cutting of trees are also behind poaching.

Government operatives lately confiscated thousands of board feet of cut lumber from endangered species, reportedly cut from the virgin forest in the town, and were intended for building boat hulls.

On SM Case vs. Capitol, Board Members to Hold Caucus on Wednesday

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The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental will hold a caucus on Wednesday, July 2, to discuss the seriousness and decide legal steps regarding the case filed by SM Prime Holding Inc (SMPHI).

Respondents of the case includes Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr, the committee on awards and disposal of real properties, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and Ayala Land, Inc..

At Prov’l Capitol, PACE Members Want Explanation on Expenses

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"Unless the P602,615.00 savings from funeral assistance contribution collected from the members is adequately explained, we are not amenable to the imposition by the incumbent officers of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) to automatically deduct from our salary the total amount of P420.00, through P15.00 deduction during payday until that total amount is reached."

MARCHING FOR PEACE, SERVING THE COUNTRYSIDE. Buenavista Elementary School Principal Carlito Sablaon (3rd from right) receives P10,000 worth of financial assistance from the provincial government for their school’s project during the final convergence of the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" at Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, yesterday. In photo are Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao (center), Himamaylan Mayor Agustin Bascon (5th from right), Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal (6th from left), 303rd IB Commander Col Jon Aying (4th from left), 302nd IB Deputy Commander Col. Christopher Estella (2nd from right), 47th IB Commander Lt. Col. Ariel Reyes (3rd from left), 302nd IB CMO Maj. Edgardo Amores (2nd from left), 11th IB Commander Lt. Col. Paulito Idul (left), Himamaylan PNP Chief PSupt. Antonietto Cañete (5th from left), School District Superintendent Jessie Galvez (4th from right) Councilor Mary Jane Higgins (right) and Brgy. Buenavista Captain Harry Higgins.* (Capitol photo)

Magdalo Group Urges Police to Hasten Probe re Slain Ex-Ilog Councilor

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Magdalo Partylist Representative Capt. Gary Alejano in a radio interview yesterday morning, is urging the policemen of Ilog Police Station in the municipality of Ilog, south of Negros Occidental, to expedite the investigation on the killing of Edmond Turk Vail, a former town councilor who was surprisingly shot dead in a store in Dancalan, Ilog while having a drinking spree with his friends who are retired engineers of SONEDCO. The suspects were riding in tandem who even greeted the victim and his friends. When he acted to extend his hand

DENR Urges Youths to Help Protect the Environment

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Due to limited personnel with huge coverage, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal is urging the youth, academe, NGOs, private and public communities to support and participate in enforcing environmental laws and in educating upland residents on their roles in protecting the environment.

PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICER for Negros Occidental Andres Untal (with mic, right photo) attends the launching and press conference of the PIA-DENR Climate Change Adovocacy Campaign in Bacolod City, flanked by his Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (l-r) Park Superintendent of Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park Cecil Cañada, CENRO-Bacolod Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya (hidden), CENRO Sipalay Vilma Limates, CENRO-Cadiz Edgardo Rostata and CENRO-Kabankalan Normandy Lebelo. *(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Sec. Roxas on One Island Negros Region

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DILG Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II has expressed strong support for the One Island Negros Region as guest of honor during the island-wide consultation meeting with local leaders, businessmen and several other sectors Tuesday at the Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental.

Also endorsing the move were local officials of Negros Occidental headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, and Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental with some of the community leaders of the two Negros provinces.

Roxas said, "the move is a significant one in the whole Negros Island."

‘Capitol - Ayala Deal Can Proceed’ Despite Fresh SM Raps

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Transactions between Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and the Negros Occidental Provincial Government can still proceed despite the new civil case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI), Atty. Mary Ann Lamis, Provincial Assistant Legal Officer said.

HONORING THE FATHERS. Fathers from different religious sects and persuasions gather for a silent prayer during solemn rites in their honor at the Mansilingan First Baptist Church, headed by Pastor Ronnie Arcolas. Shown with the fathers in the Fathers’ Day services are NDB’s Pert Toga (2nd from right) and son-in-law Luis Garrucho, Jr. (2nd from left).* (Photo by Joseph Daniel Toga-Garrucho)

This despite SMPI’s new raps, seeking the nullification of the Deed of Conditional Sale and Contract of Lease between the Provincial Government and ALI, involving the 7.7 hectare property.

In a press conference yesterday, Lamis said that, "as of now, the court’s decision is in our favor, so we can proceed with the transaction with ALI. There is no problem here because the complaint of SMPHI does not include a prayer for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) or injunction against us, the provinceand ALI. Only this order can stop the proceeding of transaction. But the earlier decisions were in our favor.

Lamis enumerated the favorable decisions from the courts on earlier SMPHI petitions against the province on alleged anomalous bidding procedures conducted in July 7, 2011.

She said, the Commission on Audit (COA) first issued a notice of finality, a favorable decision for the province.

In another case before Regional Trial Court Branch 52 in January 23, 2014 , Judge Estefanio Libutan junked the Petition for Certiorari filed by SMPHI for lack of merit.

‘No Hot Meat in Bacolod, Negros Occ.’

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Imported meat supplies from several countries with entry points in Cebu City are all rigidly inspected by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). Once it passes standards, NMIS issues the Certificate of Meat Inspection (COMI), then the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office as deputized by NMIS, will issue landing permits for distribution to the 38 meat dealers (30 in Bacolod and 8 outside the city).

Thus said Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, as he assures Negrenses and Bacoleños of the safety of imported meat.

Decena said, importation of meat from other countries was allowed by the national government as long as the shipper/importer follows the regulations of the Philippine government.

Father’s Day Throwback 2

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At the outset, we give honor to our Heavenly Father who never fails His children. Because of His love to the people, He sent His only Begotten Son as a ransom so we may live.

Big fathers of Bacolod City: Left photo, Mayor Monico Puntevella and wife Josefa "Patching"; right: Cong. Evelio Bing Leonardia and wife Elsa.* (EBColmo)

WORKAHOLIC & RISK-TAKER FATHERS. Left to right: NDB President/Editor-in-chief Pert Toga, Editor Arman Toga, and Col. Jon Aying, commander, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Phil. Army.* (Edith B. Colmo)

Lawyer Demands: Abolish Congress Bacolodnons Oppose

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In a recent radio interview, lawyer Romulo Macalintal would opt for the abolition of Congress considering the reported pork barrel scam. Not only Congress, but also the Blue Ribbon Committee should be abolished because there are offices of the government that cover cases involving public and government officials.

Schools Must Have Pedestrian Lanes Repainted/Marked

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Safety of the school children and teachers and the community is necessary while crossing the streets.

Thus, the members of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito requesting the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) and the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), though the Office of the City Mayor, to repaint and/or put up pedestrian lanes near the public and private schools in Bacolod.

Operation Smile International Assists Bacolod

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Some 54 volunteers of Operation Smile have flown to Bacolod City to render humanitarian services – changing lives of the cleft lipped and cleft palate individuals, from children to adults, who came from all over Negros Occidental, as well as those in Panay Island and Negros Oriental. The cleft lips/cleft palate operations will be done today, Monday, until Friday, June 13, 2014.

Local and foreign volunteers are happy working together in screening the indigent cleft lipped and cleft palate patient at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Bacolod.* (EBColmo)

SP Congratulates Carapali as New Member of Congress

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The members of Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito congratulating Joseph Stephen Paduano, known as Carapali Lualhati, who took his oath of office May 28, 2014 as the 290th member of the House of Representatives representing Abang Lingkod Partylist.

ACT Threatens DepEd if Teachers’ Salary Increase Not Included in 2015 Budget

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"Mass leave if our demand for salary increase is not included in the 2015 budget."

Thus said Mr. Benjie Valbuena, national chairman of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in an emailed press statement yesterday.

Their demand for salary increase, for both teachers and non- teaching staff, was given impetus as they conducted the nationwide march-rally nationwide the other day.

In Bacolod City, despite the rain, several teachers from all public schools were not hindered.

Gov Marañon Admits: Education Key Solution to Poverty

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"Education is the best solution to poverty." Thus said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr, during the launching yesterday of ABK 3 Child Labor Monitoring System at Nature’s Village, Talisay City.

ABK 3 is a project of the Provincial Council for the Rights and Welfare of Children (PCRWC), advocating to eliminate child labor in 15 cities/municipalities of Negros Occidental.

Bacolod SP Minority Bloc Welcomes Committee Changes

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As reorganization in the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City finalizes in assigning them to different committees, Councilors Alex Paglumotan, Carl Lopez and Caesar Distrito, who belong to the minority group in the Bacolod SP, express thanks to the Bacolodnons for supporting them while they were serving as chairman of their respective committees. Paglumotan chaired the committee on education; Carl Lopez on agriculture and environment, and Distrito as committee on laws, ordinances and good government; as well as Urban Planning and Development committee.

Councilor Carl Lopez with DRRM head Rufino Alcala and GSO head Jerome Solinap with marine mechanic Renato Ferrer during the formal acceptance of the patrol boat. All its accessories have been certified complete by Alcala and LopeZ’ representative, Ferrer. This was contrary to earlier claims that there were allegedly missing accessories as reported to the media. BFAR director had sent a letter to Lopez informing him that they will be sending a marine engineer and mechanic to train Bantay Dagat on the actual use and maintenance of the vessel, and ensure its sea worthiness and top condition.
Lopez thanks "God for this blessing that will help our marginalized fishermen by patrolling the seas against illegal and dynamite fishing."*

They said they will still work and serve the people of Bacolod in whatever committee assigned to them.

Changing of Troops: 20th IB Replaces 79th IB in Negros Oriental

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After the Battalion of Excellence (BOE) Training at Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, the 20th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Philippine Army, is expected to arrive today, May 28, at Dumaguete City Port, Negros Oriental.

Councilor Lopez to Launch the C.L.E.A.N Program

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The CLEAN (Carl Lopez Environment And Natural protection program) of Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez will be launched at the Sum-ag River tomorrow, Friday, May 30, at Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez said the program will jump start the implementation of various ordinances he had authored related to environment protection and other green practices.

These are the Clean River and Coastal; and Waterways, Groundwater Protection, Septage Management; Coas-tal Resource Management Plan; and the Organic Agriculture ordinances, he said.

Bernardo Reacts on Reported Plan to Take Over SlaughterHouse

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After Mayor Monico O. Puentevella has reportedly announced taking over the operation of the Bacolod City Slaughterhouse at Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City due to alleged violations by AVM Bernardo, no less than Antonio Valeriano Bernardo, owner of AVM Bernardo Engineering, said, they are open to a dialogue with the city government to find solution to the issues and concerns regarding the operation of the slaughterhouse.

Mayor Puentevella has said, the city or another private investor, may take over the operation of the slaughterhouse.

302nd Brigade Bags Awards in 3ID’s 40th Year Celebration

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One of the highlights during the recent 40th founding anniversary of the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, which has jurisdiction over Panay and Negros Islands, was 302nd Infantry Brigade and some of its units, under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, commanding officer, located at Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.

COA Orders Ex-City Officials to Pay P890,432.12 for Disallowed Furniture Leonardia Camp Denies Overpayment

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The former officials of Bacolod City were directed by the Commission on Audit (COA) to settle the disallowance on the payment of P890,432.12 on deliveries of furniture and fixtures in the Bacolod City Government Center allegedly for exceeded contract quantity done by the previous administration..

PCOM to Launch Residency Training Program

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First of its kind endeavor among medical practitioners through the Philippine College of Medicine (PCOM), is the upcoming residency training program. Thus said Dr. Oscar B. Santiano, national president, PCOM, who was guest speaker and inducting officer of the 12th Dr. Teleforo J. delos Reyes Memorial Lecture over the weekend at Business Inn, Bacolod City. Sponsored by Pfizer medical laboratory, PCOM was founded by the late Dr. Teleforo delos Reyes. The memorial lecture in his honor was attended by medical practitioners. Induction of new set of officers of PCOM-Neg occ followed after the lecture.

Topic of the day, " relevance of recent lipid guidelines and its impact on clinical practice", lectured by Dr. Luciene Lourdes Villacin of Pfizer. She cited the positive effects of using Lipitor to high blood and diabetec patients. She also said, the dosage application of Lipitor is 10-80g can be administered once a day only, with or without food.

Brigada Eskwela Kicks Off Today; Army, PNP Joining

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Schools divisions nationwide are all set for 2014 Brigada Eskwela which kicks off today in public elementary and high schools in the Philippines.

A Department of Education (DepEd) announcement said all personnel will attend this event and government offices and other stakeholders are also invited to participate.

The DepEd has scheduled the conduct of the Brigada Eskwela 2014, also known as the National Schools Maintenance Week from May 19 to 24, 2014. This school maintenance effort engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that the public school facilities are ready in time for the opening of classes in the elementary and high school levels on June 2.

In his Memorandum No. 32, S. 2014, Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro mentioned that for this year, the Brigada Eskwela effort will focus on making schools disaster-ready, and on developing disaster-resilient school communities.

The Army Wears Many Hats

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Soldiers are not only defenders of the community. They are ambassadors of goodwill, too.

As narrated by Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Occidental, the Bayanihan Team of soldiers patrol the hinterlands to promote peace and development. Winning the peace is not by bullets but through better community relations.

Members of the Bayanihan team carry with them few kilos of rice given to the residents in the far flung barangay as part of their penetration activity.* (Edith B. Colmo photos)

Upon arrival in the hinterland areas, the Bayanihan Team coordinates with the barangay officials and sitio leaders, whom they present their intention of conducting activities for the benefit of the community. Before the conduct of any activity, they survey the area to determine the density population, livelihood of the people; identify the needs of people. But, during their house to house survey, they give their pasalubong to the family – few kilos of rice, sometimes with sardines if they have the budget. In the course of conversation with the people, they asked what are their needs and problems that affect them most.

Army’s 3rd ID 40th Anniv Activities Set  

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A week long varied activities have been set by the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army at its headquarters in Camp Jaena, Jamindan, Capiz for its upcoming 40th foundation anniversary on May 20, with its theme, Dagyaw para sa Kalinaw (Working together for Peace).

According to Maj. Ray Tiongson, Chief, Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO), highlight of the celebration on the Foundation Day is giving recognition to partners in various programs of the Army.

Cong. Leonardia Defends Councilor Lopez on Donated Equipments

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"Councilor Carl Lopez should be lauded instead of persecuted, and his good efforts should not be discolored by dirty politics." Thus said Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia when asked about the donated properties to the city through Councilor Lopez. He said, the truck, e-tryke, and patrol boat came about to Bacolod City at the initiative of Carl Lopez. I gave Lopez some degree of supervision over these properties, after all, it was not for his personal and exclusive use, but these units were used for the public in general."

Mother of 7, ‘Hilot’ from Sunrise to Sunset

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A mother of 7 children, Maura Treyes, 66, was able to raise her 7 children despite of being a widow, out of her livelihood as a "hilot". She does not demand certain amount, but receives any donation from her patients.

(Left photo) Maura Treyes, 66, widow, as breadwinner of her family feeds her 7 children out of being a "hilot". Most of her patients are children (right photo), whose parents trust in her capacity to heal their ailing kids, so they keep coming back to her.*(Edith B. Colmo photos)

She starts hilot treatment as early as 6 o’clock in the morning at her residence in Fortune Towne, Bacolod City, because people flock at her house before sunrise and finishes it until noontime.

Gov’t Forces Foil NPA Plans in Negros

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Government forces under the 11th Infantry "Lapu-Lapu" Battalion of the Army repelled the New People’s Army’s (NPA) atrocious plans when they clashed with the rebel group shortly before 9 a.m. Friday at Barangay Amontay in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.

Government troops were on community security patrol in the barangay when they received reports from the residents of the presence of lawless elements (LLEs) who were reportedly threatening and intimidating civilians to give in to their extortion demands.

While responding to the report, the troops were fired upon by about four LLEs believed to be members of CPP-NPA’s Sentro de Grabidad, Laragang Gerilya 1 of Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros (SDG, LG1, KR-N).

Teen Pregnancy Common Cause of School Dropouts

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No less than the school officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) has discovered that the common cause of dropouts both in the elementary and high schools is teen-age pregnancy.

At the Bacolod Public Plaza, this teenage couple is so engrossed with themselves. This scenario leads to early pregnancy, adding problems to society.* (Edith B. Colmo photo)

During a meeting with DepEd officials, police children’s and women’s desk representatives, Department of Social Welfare anddevelopment (DSWD) and barangay officials, it was discussed, and have identified the common causes of teen-age pregnancy such as poverty, cybersex, peer pressure and others.

Due to poverty, girls even in Grades 4 to 6, become easily convinced to go with boys their age for a meager amount so that she has something to buy to fill in her stomach.

Thus revealed Bacolod City Councilor Em Ang, saying that based on such interactions with various government agencies on the problem, it was found out


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