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Phivolcs records 136 earthquakes at Kanlaon Volcano in 24 hours

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:20 AM

State volcanologists remind the public that Kanlaon Volcano has been under Alert Level 1 since March 11, which means it is in a period of unrest

This photo taken on January 13, 2016 shows houses and rice fields near the foot of Kanlaon volcano in La Carlota town, Negros Occidental province, central Philippines. Kanlaon volcano shot a one-kilometre (half a mile) ash column into the air for five minutes on December 26, 2015, affecting thousands of residents nearby and were advised to wear face masks due to ash, a disaster official said. AFP PHOTO / Archie Rey Alipalo (Photo by Archie Rey Alipalo / AFP)

Phivolcs: Kanlaon Volcano under close watch as earthquakes hit

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:20 AM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology records at least 81 earthquakes at Kanlaon Volcano in a 10-hour period

ACTIVE. Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

10 killed in Negros Island shootings in 6 days

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The killings occur from June 12 to 17

Phivolcs raises Alert Level 1 for Kanlaon Volcano

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Kanlaon Volcano is now 'at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest,' says Phivolcs on Wednesday, March 11

ACTIVE MOUNTAIN. Mount Kanlaon in an undated photograph. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

TIMELINE: Killings in Negros

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:51 PM

In just 10 days in the month of July, 21 people are killed in Negros. Police have yet to determine motives for the killings.

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

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Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rules out martial law in Negros, for now

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Martial law will only be enforced in accordance with the Constitution,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally conducted to condemn the recent spate of killings in the region on July 27 in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Peace and order in Negros 'remains normal' – Albayalde

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Top cop General Oscar Albayalde says the police are 'doing everything' to keep President Rodrigo Duterte from using emergency powers to address the spate of killings in Negros Island

BULLET HOLES. The car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

Robredo questions martial law as solution to Negros killings

Aug 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo urges authorities to find the suspects behind the killings in Negros Oriental instead

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at a forum in March 2017. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Negros island killings have 'very low' chance of spilling over to Zamboanga del Norte – army

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:14 PM

While army intelligence 'said the chances are very low,' according to Lt. Colonel Rufino de Leon, it is still possible for the NPA to create diversionary attacks'

RUFINO DE LEON. Lt Colonel Rufino de Leon, commander of the 97th Infantry Battalion covering Zamboanga del Norte and incoming commander of 5th Cadre Batallion based in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.

PNP sees no need for martial law in Negros: 'It's under control'

Aug 02, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Philippine National Police says all its units in Negros Island 'remain on full alert and vigilant to thwart and prevent occurrence of crimes and killings'

'UNDER CONTROL.' PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, July 29, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Amid Negros killings, Duterte warns of doing ‘something drastic’

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will have guns issued to fire fighters so they can help in maintaining peace and order

NEGROS VIOLENCE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 'Araw ng Pasasalamat' for the overseas Filipino workers at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte 'can declare martial law' in Negros to stop violence, says Panelo

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte would 'certainly' make the declaration if recommended by security officials, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says there is no need for it at this time

NEGROS KILLINGS. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally on July 27, 2019, in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Otso Diretso bets want to restore Negros Island Region

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who was born and raised in Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, says he supports the return of the Negros Island Region

NATIVE SON. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano campaigns in his home province of of Negros Occidental. He says he was born and raised in Sipalay City. Photo by Mara Cepda/Rappler

Robredo questions Duterte order vs 'lawless violence'

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Malacañang should justify its use of the term 'lawless violence,' as many people worry about creeping martial law

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says government should also answer questions on why there has been more activity among communist insurgents in the last two years. Photo by OVP

Duterte orders more soldiers, cops in Bicol, Samar, Negros Island

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) This is to 'suppress lawless violence and acts of terror' in those areas, according to Memorandum Order 32 which also reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a state of national emergency

MORE TROOP DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered more government troops in parts of Luzon and the Visayas to quell 'lawless violence' and terrrorism. Photo from Richard Madleo/Presidential Photo

Malacañang condemns killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Blaming Ramos' slaying on the government is 'baseless' and 'reckless,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

'Mabinay 6' lawyer shot dead in Negros Occidental

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) Human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was in front of a store near the public plaza in Kabankalan City when he was shot at close range by two unidentified men

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. People'€™s lawyer Benjamin Ramos is gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, on November 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

Negros bishops tell Duterte: Don't rush federalism

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:35 PM

The bishops of Negros Island insist 'that the voice of the people and not that of self-serving politicians be reflected in any constitutional change'

IN PRAYER. President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his Cabinet pray before the the start of the joint AFP-PNP Command Conference at the Malacañang Palace on March 13, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Mount Kanlaon remains restive, records 1,217 quakes in 24 hours

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Mount Kanlaon is still on Alert Level 2, which means the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

After Negros Island Region abolition, Duterte hopes 2 provinces remain united

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'May this dislocation foster solidarity and camaraderie,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the opening rites of the Buglasan Festival at Dumaguete City

UNITY. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental remain united even after he dissolved the Negros Island Region. Photo by Marcelino Pascua/Malacañang

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Negros Catholic leaders hit double standard in drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The 4 dioceses in Negros Island say the Duterte administration s war on drugs is based on a shortsighted and superficial understanding of the problem

CRIME SCENE. Neighbors of teenager Kian delos Santos put candles and flowers in the spot where he was killed by Caloocan police. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abolition of Negros Island Region: Good or bad news?

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The Negros Island Region was probably not a good idea in the first place

Military claims Negros Island citizens offering P100,000 for arrest of rebels, terrorists

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Major General Jon Aying explains the citizens funding this are capable of paying up to P20 million or P100 000 for 200 rebels or terrorists

No employee displacement with Negros Region abolition – DILG

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The DILG finds a way to keep Negrosanons inside the now divided island

DIVIDED. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says there are only a few who will be displaced by the divide of the Negros Island Region. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Retain Negros Island regional offices, local execs urge Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Under the NIR 14 regional offices are housed in Bacolod City Negros Occidental while 16 others are in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

Contractuals will be worst hit by dissolution of Negros Island Region

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

While non permanent hires worry regulars may need to relocate to Dumaguete – at least 200 kilometers away from their present office in Bacolod City

DIVIDE. The dissolution of the region may lead to loss of jobs and uprooting for its employees.

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

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Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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Roxas, Negros officials disappointed over Duterte decision to dissolve NIR

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II a Negrense through his mother had spearheaded efforts to create the region

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Aug 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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Aug 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Duterte dissolves Negros Island Region

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s new executive order returns Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 17th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Negros Island, Soccsksargen climb to top 5 as Palarong Pambansa 2017 closes

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Negros Island Region ends this year’s Palarong Pambansa with 26 gold medals 27 silvers and 36 bronze medals improving all of their medal haul from last year’s 21 28 39

NCR clobbers host region WWestern Visayas (Region VI), 3-1, to win the gold in the secondary boys football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR survives C. Luzon to arrange final date vs NIR in secondary softball

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Aliza Pichon and Shirlette Maygay lead the NCR softbelles to a 2 1 win against Central Luzon

STRIKE. Aleona Pichon (10) of the National Capital Region misses a hit midway through their semifinals match against Central Luzon at the Camp Fullon Field in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 28.  Photo by: Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Central, Western Visayas survive secondary boys tennis knock-outs

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Gener Francis Lambayan of Region VII survives NIR s KC Baran while Alfrancis Andrade of Region VI wins a nail biter against Mimaropa s MP Ong

BEATING THE HEAT. Genaro Lambayan, victorious in his first match against Region 7, strides under the Antique heat. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

NIR stuns defending champion NCR in secondary baseball event

Apr 25, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The win clinches the first seed in the grouping for the Negros Island Region in the Palarong Pambansa 2017

LOCKED IN. NCR’s Amado stays locked in to every action of the NIR pitcher. Photo by Brent Guiao/ Rappler

News Briefs: February 8, 2017

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

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Negros Island's top drug suspect tags local execs, cops, media

Jan 10, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Drug suspect Ricky Serenio claims that every week his group gave P30 000 to P500 000 to its protectors in government

TOP DRUG SUSPECT. Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, director of Police Regional Office-18, presents top drug suspect Ricky Serenio to media at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on January 9, 2017. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negrenses sign manifesto urging Duterte to keep Negros Island Region

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:35 AM

We are appealing for the retention of NIR to allow us to continue to exist and flourish says Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr as he notes the NIR is the country s 5th richest region

VIRAL: Lens-shaped clouds over Kanlaon Volcano amaze netizens

Nov 01, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Netizens comment on the beauty of the lenticular clouds or lens shaped clouds that developed over the active volcano

An IP camera view of Kanlaon Volcano on November 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Save Negros Island Region, local officials ask Duterte

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Interior Undersecretary for Public Safety Jesus Hinlo Jr receives the appeal from the people of the Negros Island Region

SAVE NIR. Officials of Negros Island Region are appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to retain the region during the forum held Monday at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel P. Espina /Rappler

Zubiri, Aquino oppose abolition of Negros Island Region

Oct 21, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the newly created region is requesting P19 billion which the national government can spend on other priorities

DILG Negros chief found dead in Valenzuela City condo

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:51 PM

DILG regional director Margie Biligan described as a dedicated civil servant was in Metro Manila to attend a seminar

DILG REGION 18 DIRECTOR. Margie Biligan (left), DILG director for the Negros Island Region or Region 18 addresses the turnover of patrol jeeps to regional police. Photo from  rlrddpro18 Twitter page

Don’t dissolve Negros Island Region, lawmakers ask Duterte

Oct 14, 2016 - 4:36 PM

10 Negrense lawmakers write an appeal to the President

FATE OF NEGROS ISLAND. The decision to sign an EO dissolving the Negros Island Region was reached during the 7th Cabinet meeting on October 3, 2016, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Photo from Office of the Vice President

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Duterte to sign EO dissolving Negros Island Region 'soon' – Diokno

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

The supposed P19 billion cost of creating the new region is not affordable given the Duterte administration s other priorities says the Budget Secretary

FATE OF NEGROS ISLAND. The decision to sign an EO dissolving the Negros Island Regio was reached during the 7th Cabinet meeting on October 3, 2016, according to Budget Secretary Diokno. Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Negrenses weigh in on possible dissolution of Negros Island Region

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Several locals express their dismay online pointing out that the creation of the NIR brings benefits for the area s economy and disaster management among others