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Editorial

‘EMBARRASSING’

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Indeed, what had been happening to the public treasuries of two cities and five municipalities in Negros Occidental for the past four or so months this year are "embarrassing", to say the least.

Embarrassing to whom? First, to the police forces in the Local Government Units (LGUs) involved, the city and municipal executives and the officials involved in safeguarding the safekeeping of funds that belong to the taxpayers and the entire bureaucracy.

No less than the Vice Governor of the province, Eugenio Jose "Bong" Lacson issued the statement with the tone of disappointment during an interview with media practitioners covering the provincial capitol, who have also been disturbed by the series of alarming instances of robberies and ransacking by robbers committing acts of burglary from the vaults of Escalante City, Bago City, the towns of Hinobaan, Cauayan, Calatrava, Valladolid and Moises Padilla.

What We Stand For

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NDB starts its 15-Day Anniversary period today with activities that focus on the important role of media, notably Print which underscores the vigilance and responsibility of its practitioners in their vital role towards the realization of goals designed to inform, educate and entertain readers of various persuasions in the community.

CARP EXTENSION:A Priority?

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A potential slit that could slow down one of the top priorities enunciated by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III before congress to push for the enactment of extended CARP which is due to expire this year, is the reported negative stand of no less than Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. of Negros Occidental where the bulk of the country’s top sugarland owners have been peeved by the adverse effects of the government’s land reform program since it started some two decades ago.

The Tale of Two Provinces

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During the last decade of the 19th Century, one of the important events that occurred in Negros was the separation of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, after they were earlier placed under the jurisdiction of the governor of Oton in Panay Island. At that time 1734, the Island of Negros became a military district with the town of Ilog in the Occidental side as its first capital. The seat of the government was later transferred to Himamaylan and thereafter Bacolod became

The Pope on Communications: COMMUNICATIONS AT THE SERVICE OF AN AUTHENTIC CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER

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We are enamored by all sorts of gadgets and technological advancements right within our reach.

The world of the internet contains the most exciting Arena for communications like social networking and establishing links anywhere around the globe in an instant.

But despite such advancements, divisions still run deep. "The world suffers from exclusion, marginalization, and poverty that borders around the combination of economic, political, ideological, and even religious motives." (Pope Francis, 48th World Communications Day Message)


Rev. Felix Pasquin rector of San Sebastian Parish and Director of the Social Communications of the Diocese of Bacolod officiates the Holy Mass in celebration of the 48th World Communications Sunday at the San Sebastian Cathedral with the media.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

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