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Rappler's latest stories on Bacolod City


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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

AirAsia seen to tame sky-high airfares in Bacolod

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Bacolod City residents now have more reasons to smile, as AirAsia launches its 12th domestic destination there

Duterte orders Espenido: 'Go, start killing' in Bacolod

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

President Duterte dispatches to the city he describes as 'badly hit now' a freshly minted Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espinosa

SENT BY DUTERTE. Controversial police officer Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido faces the local media at the Bacolod City Police Office headquarters Wednesday night, October 16. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental orders temporary ban of pork imports from Luzon

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The province says, because it is the country's top producer of backyard swine, it has enough supply of, pork for their consumption

SAFE. Members of the African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental led by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena eat lechon on Tuesday, September 10, to assure the public that locally-produced pork is safe to consume. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

5 tons of illegally imported pork products seized in Bacolod port

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Negros Occidental forms Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force to keep the province free from the virus

CONFISCATED. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson checks the illegally imported pork products that were seized on Wednesday, September 11, at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Provincial Capitol

Woman gunned down near Bacolod police station

Aug 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

This is the 3rd killing in Negros Occidental in 3 days

CRIME SCENE. A woman is shot to death along Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, just a few meters from the city police station, on August 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of John Patrick Amacio

Bacolod nurse helps deliver baby on international flight

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

‘Many people think that what I did was a heroic act. But I only did what a nurse should do when they are in a situation like this,’ says the 25-year-old Francis Dominic Mendoza

Francis Dominic Mendoza of Bacolod City delivers a baby boy while aboard an international flight./Photo courtesy of Francis Mendoza

IN PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ community, allies hold Pride parade in Bacolod City

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Organizers say that the Pride parade in Bacolod City serves as a mourning, a protest, and a celebration

PRIDE MARCH. LGBTQ+ youth and allies form the frontlines of the parade. Photo by Jorge Gamboa

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Bacolod youth coalition heeds global call to strike for climate justice on May 24

May 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Istorya Klima, an interactive community event at the Bacolod Public Plaza, aims to start conversations in compelling and innovative ways through art, music, and storytelling

Graphic from Youth for Climate Hope

Grupo Progreso wins big in Bacolod City

May 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The official proclamation is delayed as defective secure device (SD) cards from 4 clustered precincts halted the counting of votes

REELECTION. The City Board of Canvassers officially proclaims incumbent Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia. Photo from Evelio "Bing" Leonardia Facebook page

Top drug suspect in Western Visayas killed in buy-bust

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:00 PM

High-value target Leoner Jalandoon of Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, is killed after allegedly resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation

Bacolod police arrest couple, seize P9.66 million worth of shabu

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Authorities recover 275 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 1.38 kilos

BIG HAUL. Authorities recover P9.66 million worth of drugs in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of RDEU-6

IYAS La Salle National Writers' Workshop announces fellows for 2019

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:37 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The workshop will be held from March 31 to April 6, at the Balay Kalinungan Complex of the University of St La Salle, Bacolod City

Governor declares Negros Occidental coal-free

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr signs EO declaring that only clean and renewable sources of energy will be allowed in their province

Some of the students who joined the "Youth Strike for Negros on Wednesday, March 6./Contributed Photo

What made Duterte suspect Bacolod top cop Ebreo of drug links?

Jan 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

President Duterte claims Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo demonstrated 'strange behavior' that indicated he was at the very least a 'protector cop'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interviews one of the witnesses of the Batocabe Murder Case along with Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, at the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on January 15, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Call for applications: 19th IYAS La Salle national writers’ workshop

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:31 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The workshop fellowship screening committee accepts creative work in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Kinaray-a, Filipino, and English

Bacolod City councilor and his wife survive ambush

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:49 PM

(UPDATED) Unidentified gunmen waylay Councilor Ricardo Tan and his wife Nenita

The car of Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan was peppered with bullets by unidentified men./Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Bacolod

Bacolod City councilors scuffle in session hall

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Councilors Claudio Puentevella and Dindo Ramos slug it out during a session of the Bacolod City council

FISTFIGHT. A screenshot of Bacolod City Councilor Claudio Puentevella punching fellow councilor Dindo Ramos. Video courtesy of Bacolod City PIO

Senate approves bill setting June 18 as Bacolod Charter Day

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:16 AM

'After 80 years, we will now have our history in proper order,' says Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia

CHANGING HISTORY. Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia with some senators on September 10, 2018. Contributed photoÂ