Cops tighten watch as Dumaguete celebrates fiesta, charter day

DUMAGUETE CITY – The city police are further tightening their watch this week as this capital city of Negros Oriental celebrates its 74th charter day and fiesta in honor of its patron saint on Thursday and Friday, respectively.Lt. Col. Joeson Parallag, city police chief, told the Philippine... Read More

NPA rebel killed in clash with Army in Guihulngan City

DUMAGUETE CITY – A member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was killed in a clash early Monday with soldiers of the Philippine Army's 62nd Infantry Battalion (62IB) in a remote village in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.This is the 3rd NPA member to... Read More

Villagers credited for death, capture of 5 rebels in N. Samar

TACLOBAN CITY – The death of two members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the capture of three others in San Isidro, Northern Samar is a result of the rejection of villagers of the communist group’s armed struggle against the government.Capt. Valben Almirante, spokesperson of the... Read More

ASG member on run for 14 years arrested in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities arrested an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), who went into hiding for 14 years in this southern port city, a top police official said Monday.City police director Col. Alexander Lorenzo said 47-year-old Abdulnasser Cobot was arrested at 5:11 p.m.... Read More

2 slain in Maguindanao ambush

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao del Norte – Two men were killed in an ambush Monday morning along a busy section of the national highway here, police said.Lt. Col. Nelson Madiwo, municipal police chief, said the fatalities were on board a green Toyota Vios when ambushed at about 9:45 a.m. in... Read More

Abalos lauds launching of Bantay Dagat Task Force-Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded the provincial government of Sulu for organizing the Bantay Dagat Task Force-Sulu, which seeks to strengthen the security of the province.The DILG chief flew to Sulu over the... Read More

NPA medic surrenders, yields firearms in Aurora

BALER, Aurora – A medic of the Kilusang Larangang Guerilla Sierra Madre of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered and yielded his firearms to authorities in Barangay Calabuanan here on Sunday.Lt. Col. Julito Recto Jr., commander of the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion (IB), said... Read More

Cash aid pours in for crisis-hit NegOr families

DUMAGUETE CITY –A total of PHP9 millionin cash aid reached 3,000 beneficiaries in Negros Oriental on Sunday under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (DSWD-AICS).Senator Imee Marcos, who led the distribution, told the crowd at... Read More

5 nabbed, over P800-K shabu seized in Zambo Peninsula

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities have arrested five people and confiscated a total of P868,500 worth of suspected shabu during separate police operations this week in the region.The five suspects were identified as Jhon Rey Millendez, 44; Gerardo Raval, 44; Chris John Ancheta, 22; Jofel Maylon,... Read More

N. Samar medical scholarship produces first board passer

TACLOBAN CITY – The Northern Samar provincial government’s medical scholarship program has produced its first passer in the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE).Dr. Ric Arthur Estuaria, a native of Allen town, is one of the province’s eight medical scholars when the program was... Read More

3 BIFF members abandon ‘cause,’ vow to help gov’t

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao Norte – Three members of the extremist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) yielded with their guns to the military, an Army official said Friday.Lt. Col. Benjamin Cadiente Jr., Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, said the three belonged to the BIFF... Read More

Iloilo City’s waste diversion strategies help reduce solid waste

ILOILO CITY –The city government has been engaging in waste diversion strategies to reduce by over 20 percent the amount of solid waste being generated daily, the head of Iloilo City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) said Friday.In an interview, Engr. Neil Ravena said these... Read More

21 more modernized jeepneys to ply routes in Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – An additional 21 modernized jeepneys will soon ply the major routes in this province.Nasrudin Talipasan, regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), said on Friday three transport service cooperatives -- the... Read More

Bacolod City removes 44 tons of ‘spaghetti wires’

BACOLOD CITY – Some 44 tons of old and unused telecommunication (telco) wires mounted along the city’s major roads have been removed from July to November this year to clear the hazards and nuisance in public pathways, data of the Task Force Spaghetti Wires on Friday showed.Mayor Alfredo... Read More

NegOcc to host more foreign students for English language program

BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government has renewed its partnership with the AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines Foundation (AFS IPP) which will pave the way for more foreign partners to study the English language while being immersed in Filipino culture.Through the... Read More

2 traders selling smuggled cigarettes arrested in Zamboanga Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities separately arrested two traders for selling PHP373,500 worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga del Sur province, an official said Friday.Col. Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao, said Aian Dumat-ol, 32, and Gambai... Read More

DOLE pays P2.7M in wages for vulnerable workers in Negros town

BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released a total of PHP2.749 million in wages to beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) in E.B. Magalona town, Negros Occidental province.The recipients included 611 vulnerable... Read More

N. Ecija school opens 'honesty store' to boost values formation

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – An “honesty store” was opened in a public high school in Talavera town, Nueva Ecija province to instill a culture of honesty and integrity among students.Dr. Catalina A. Salum, principal of the San Ricardo National High School, on Friday said the... Read More

Bacolod grants P3.4-M cash aid to educational scholars

BACOLOD CITY – The city government has allocated a total of PHP3.44 million in financial assistance to 287 locally-funded scholars enrolled in various colleges and universities here.Implemented through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the scholarship program assists beneficiaries... Read More

6 ex-NPA rebels in Iligan get P390K from gov't amnesty program

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- A total of PHP390,000 were given to six former rebels residing in Iligan City.In a statement Friday, theDepartment of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the city said each former rebel was given PHP65,000 under theEnhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program... Read More