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Bacolod youth, campus journalists show solidarity with ABS-CBN

Jul 12, 2020 - 3:26 PM

'Today, we grieve. But tomorrow, we make sure that truth and democracy shall continue to live,' the young rallyists say

The youth, campus journalists, and concerned citizens troop to ABS-CBN Bacolod station to show solidarity on Saturday, July 11  Photo credit: Ruer Torculas

Negros Occidental halts entry of stranded residents from Cebu

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Most of the latest virus infections are persons who came from Cebu province

Bacolod bishop urges Duterte: Listen to the people, veto anti-terror bill

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:06 PM

'We feel that there is a need for this government to listen to its people and in turn reconsider and reassess the bill in its present form. There is no point rushing the process,' says Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod

PROTEST. The youth and human rights advocates, with Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, at the Independence Day protest in front of the Bishop's House. Photo courtesy of Gino Lopez

Hundreds of wild animals being sold on Facebook recovered in Bacolod

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Three poachers are caught in an entrapment operation while they tried to sell 300 animals – some vulnerable species – for P150,000

The north Philippine temple pit viper recovered from suspected wildlife traders. Photo courtesy of CENRO Bago

Another shooting fatality in Bacolod City

May 26, 2020 - 6:02 PM

This is the 3rd killing in the streets of Bacolod since May 16, the day the city's status was downgraded to GCQ

ANOTHER KILLING. A man was shot to death at Araneta Street in Barangay Sum-ag in Bacolod City on Tuesday, May 26. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office

Negros Occidental, Bacolod officials ‘surprised’ by mass arrival of OFWs

May 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

In a single day, 468 overseas Filipino workers arrive in Negros Occidental and Bacolod via two sweeper flights and a sea vessel

THEIR HOME. Some of the OFWs who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Manila Monday night, May 25. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

Businessman killed in Bacolod by 3 suspects wearing face masks

May 22, 2020 - 3:38 PM

The Bacolod police chief says Roland Tan was shot from close range

Drug convict son shot dead in Bacolod on 1st day of GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Police say Gerald Cuadra was shot to death 7 times by a pair of unidentified suspects

Negros Occidental, Bacolod ease restrictions

May 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM

In Bacolod, there is still a 10 pm-4 am curfew

NEGROS. The city government of Sagay in Negros Occidental distributes 80,000 live chickens to more than 40,000 families in the city as the pandemic impacts poor families. Photos courtesy of Sagay PIO

Salamat kag paalam, Tito Peque

May 08, 2020 - 8:14 AM

The writer pays tribute to her Tito Peque, whose legacy, perhaps, reverberates the most in his hometown of Bacolod City

PEQUE GALLAGA. The director bids farewell and leaves a legacy of cinematic excellence and compassion. Photo courtesy of Martin Lachica

'We need to be bold': Provinces make difficult decisions on 1st day of GCQ

May 02, 2020 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) 'We need to be bold and act on this health emergency in our locality especially if we still have active cases of COVID-19,' says Bangsamoro Parliament member Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesperson of the Lanao Del Sur IATF

EXTENDED. Aurora Governor Gerardo Noveras meets with provincial government and police officials to discuss matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo from Province of Aurora Facebook page

Some OFWs returning to the Visayas test positive for coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 8:44 PM

The 5 overseas Filipino workers in Cebu test positive through PCR swabs, while 9 in Iloilo test positive through rapid testing. Over 200 OFWs returned to Visayas provinces this week.

REPATRIATED. Repatriated OFWs arrive in Cebu City amid a coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bacolod City still under ECQ until May 15

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:26 PM

After May 15, no LGU can declare its own community quarantine without approval from the IATF

ECQ. Some of the informal settlers like 76-year-old Elena Porquez (right) call the streets their home, but they have to return to their families starting next week due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

PAO or corporate law for Bar 2019 10th placer Bebelan Madera

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Bebelan Madera of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod City was working in Manila when she was called home by her parents, a move that paved her way to law school

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Bar examination 10th placer Bebelan Madera of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City

Bar 2019: Provincial schools again emerge on top

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers

TOP 10. Provincial schools emerge at the top of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo from Supreme Court

Newborn named after coronavirus in Bacolod City

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Covid Marie's parents believe that she will bring hope – that people will continue to be optimistic amid the health crisis

Young couple John Tupas and Colline Tabesa named their first born Covid Marie, after the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Adrian Prietos

2 repatriated OFWs test positive for coronavirus in Negros Occidental

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:52 PM

The two were among the 35 repatriated Negrense OFWs who arrived in the province by boat in Escalante City on April 14 via Cebu

Bacolod imposes number coding on quarantine passes to avoid crowding

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:12 PM

Residents holding quarantine passes ending in odd numbers may only go out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The rest may go out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

NO CROWDING. The city government of Bacolod cleans up streets of informal settlers. Marchel Espina/Rappler

Bacolod City reports first coronavirus death

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:47 AM

Like many others, she dies before her confirmatory test for COVID-19 is released

Bacolod man, Western Visayas’ first COVID-19 case, now fully recovered

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The patient's 28-year-old son, however, remains in a hospital in Bacolod City after testing positive for the coronavirus

Gov't employee, 3 others nabbed for selling overpriced alcohol in Bacolod

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:11 PM

Authorities say the suspects allegedly tried to sell 18-liter containers of ethyl alcohol at P3,900 each

Some of the containers of the ethyl alcohol recovered by local authorities from an erring online seller in an operation on Sunday, March 29, at Bacolod City./Photos courtesy of CIDG-Bacolod

Poor families in Bacolod brace for coronavirus impact

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Bacolod City's steps to lessen the spread of the coronavirus is worsening the economic plight of daily wage earners and informal settlers here

INDIGENT. Some of the informal settlers like 76-year-old Elena Porquez (right) call the streets their home, but they have to return to their families starting next week due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental reminds frontliners not to solicit protective gear

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Negros Occidental's provincial administrator reminds staff of public hospitals that they may 'accept, but not solicit equipment and supplies'

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Goggles, face masks, and gloves for protection against virus infection. Image from Shutterstock

3 nabbed for selling overpriced alcohol in Bacolod City

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The aesthetics store sells ethyl alcohol at P90 per 250 ml bottle, way beyond the price cap set by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Photo from Red Torch Communications

‘We have no more food’: Jeepney, tricycle drivers in Bacolod cry for help

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:37 PM

'The virus may not kill us, but hunger and poverty will,' says Diego Malacad, secretary-general of the United Negros Drivers Operators Center

DIFFICULT TIME. Tricyle driver Danny Tingson, a daily wage earner in Bacolod City, no longer earns enough to feed his family. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Bacolod reports 1st coronavirus case

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia says the patient is a 56-year-old Filipino male who was a person under investigation for COVID-19

FIRST CASE. Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia (2-R) announce the positive COVID-19 case in the city on Friday, March 20. Screengrabbed from Bacolod City PIO

Negros Occidental, Bacolod City shut borders over coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:48 AM

There is a clamor among Negrenses for the closure, as thousands left Metro Manila for the provinces over the weekend to escape the megacity's lockdown

Negros Occidental, Lanao del Sur, Olongapo orders quarantine of arrivals from Metro Manila

Mar 14, 2020 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) Upon arriving at Lanao del Sur, Negros Occidental and Olongapo travelers from the National Capital Region will be considered persons under monitoring

TEMP CHECK. A security guard of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol checks the body temperature of a visitor. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

Bacolod suspends graduation rites, shortens classes due to coronavirus threat

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia says 'with the present circumstances, it is the most prudent thing to do'

ANNOUNCEMENT. Bacolod officials announced measures against the spread of COVID-19 in a news briefing on March 13, 2020. Photo from Bacolod PIO Facebook page

Baby drowns after being swept away by flood in Bacolod

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:23 PM

The 5-month-old baby boy was with his relatives when raging floodwaters caused by a heavy downpour suddenly swept their riverside home, say local officials

FOUND. The body of the 5-month-old boy, whose house was swept away in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City on March 6, 2020, was found by a seashell gatherer the following morning in Barangay 35. Photo courtesy by Bacolod Police Station 1

In Bacolod, drivers urged to ‘honk for press freedom’

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:50 AM

Clad in black shirts, press freedom supporters held up signs urging those driving by to blow their car horns in support of freedom of the press

HONK FOR PRESS FREEDOM. Media groups, students, various sectors, and ABS-CBN Bacolod workers at a #DefendPressFreedom rally on Friday night, February 28. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

Bacolod journalists, groups light candles for press freedom amid ABS-CBN franchise woes

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 AM

'We serve the people's right to know, that is why are were fighting hard to defend press freedom. We want to protect their right to be informed,' says Marchel Espina, NUJP-Bacolod chapter president

BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST. Journalists, students, progressive groups, and a parish priest light a candle for press freedom at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists in the Bacolod City public plaza Friday night, February 21, 2020. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Espenido shipped out of Bacolod

Feb 08, 2020 - 6:24 PM

This comes after he was ordered relieved by the PNP national headquarters effective February 5

CONTROVERSIAL COP. In this file photo, Jovie Espenido files a counter affidavit on August 29, 2017 along with 3 of his subordinates in connection with the deadly police operation which killed 9 suspected criminals in Ozamiz City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

High-value target, 2 others slip past Espenido’s drug bust

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Next time, the controversial cop says, he will not fail

NEXT TIME. File photo of  Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will be reassigned to a place targeted by the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

Brother of Bacolod ex-councilor shot dead

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Robert 'Kaishek' Tan dies after being shot at least 5 times in the head by motorcycle-riding assailants

ATTACK. The vehicle of Robert 'Kaishek' Tan was riddled with bullets after he was waylaid by unknown assailants on Sunday, December 15, in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office

Bacolod resident found dead following reported abduction

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The body of Ontao Sacar is found hogtied with two gunshot wounds to the head beside a hotel in Barangay Mandalagan on Tuesday morning, December 3. The words, 'I love drugs' are also painted on his body.

PLACARD. This placard was found near a victim who was brutally killed in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office.

Early morning fire kills 6 in Bacolod

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Police say 4 others were injured, including an Australian

DEADLY BLAZE. An eary morning fire hit the Java Pension house in Bacolod City on November 26, 2019. Contributed photo

Bacolodnons emphasize community's role in upholding truth on social media

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

During #MoveBacolod: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local journalists and student leaders stress how everyone plays a role in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe

DISCUSSION. Journalists and student leaders discuss how everyone has a role to play in countering disinformation and keeping digital spaces safe in today’s times during #MoveBacolod at the Mutien Marie Auditorium A in University of St. La Salle on November 16. Photo from Karl Brian Marqueza/The Spectrum

Bacolod journos call for vigilance as verdict on Maguindanao massacre nears

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Officials and members of the Negros Press Club and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Bacolod chapter light candles to mark the death anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

COMMEMORATION. Andrea Jayme, her daughter Hina Sofia Danielle Bianca Tugot, and Dennis Rubica of Bombo Radyo Bacolod light candles at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists at the Bacolod City public plaza on November 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center or NOLITC breaks ground as the pioneering robotics center run by a local government unit

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) leads the launching of the provincial government’s robotics program in Bacolod City on Tuesday, November 19, with Melvin Matulac, founder of Pinoy Robot Games, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator./Marchel Espina photo

Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

Fact-finding team finds irregularities in Negros mass arrests

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Bayan Muna spokesperson Teddy Casiño says the raiding team claimed the 'firearms and grenades' were recovered in plain sight – in tables, cabinets and the kitchen sink

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate, Fr. Melvin Fajardo of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Clarizza Singson of Karapatan-Negros, Bayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño, Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, Elmer Labog of Kilusang Mayo Uno, former Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano, and Defend Negros convenor Ariel Casilao (l-r) in a press conference in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 7. Marchel Espina/Rappler

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

31 released from Negros crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Prosecutors order the release after finding out the suspects were not members of the rebel group New People's Army

RELEASED. Jose Max Ortiz (center) fetches his clients, the 21 terminated workers earlier accused as members of the New People's Army. Photo by Marchel Espina

Citing legit warrants, DILG says no crackdown on militant groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says it's the police's job 'to monitor communist groups'

NO CRACKDOWN? Department of the Interior and Local Government Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the raids and arrests made in progressive groups' offices are just 'in furtherance of a warrant of arrest issued by a competent court.' Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MovePH brings #MoveBacolod to University of St La Salle

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:51 PM

#MoveBacolod will happen on November 16 at the Mutien Marie Auditorium A. Tickets to the public forum are free but seats are limited!

44 activists arrested in Negros crackdown charged

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

For security reasons, the suspects are charged inside the headquarters of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office

Authorities file criminal charges against the 44 individuals believed to be members of New People's Army at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City on Monday, November 4. Photo courtesy of Army 3rd Infantry Division

Supreme Court on arrests of 62 activists: File case if you want

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'The proper remedy is to file a motion to quash either before the court that issued [search warrants], or before the court where the cases are eventually filed,' says the Supreme Court

SEARCH WARRANTS. Supreme Court reminds judges to be 'deliberate, circumspect and prudent' in the issuance of search warrants. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Crackdown? Same QC judge issues warrants vs 58 activists in Manila, Bacolod

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Bayan Muna calls on the Supreme Court to review if the actions of Quezon City Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert followed proper procedures

PROTEST. Members of Gabriela and Kadamay picket in front of the headquarters of the Manila Police District. Photo by Inoue Jaena