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Negros Occidental Gov Alfredo MaraƱon Jr. (left) addresses Ibaraki Governor Masaru Hashimoto (right) and other Japanese officials in Ibaraki, Japan* 

Guv upbeat on Negros,
Ibaraki flights, sister ties


Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is optimistic that direct flights between Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan and the Bacolod Silay Airport will start  soon, along with increased economic and cultural  ties between both provinces.

The governor,  who visited Ibaraki Prefecture last week on invitation of  its officials, said sisterhood ties between Ibaraki and Negros Occidental are also planned.  In fact a  delegation from Ibaraki is expected to  visit Negros Occidental this month, he added.

He described his trip to Ibaraki as very fruitful. moremoremore

10 suspects in
Servando hazing named


Ten participants  in the hazing rites that led to his son’s death have been named, and about  six have sent surrender feelers,  Bacoleño Aurelio Cesar “Taboy” Servando, told the DAILY STAR yesterday.

His son, Guillo Cesar Servando, an 18-year-old sophomore student of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, died after Tau Gamma Phi  fraternity initiation rites at a house  in Barangay Palanan, Makati City, on June 28.

Servando said that, so far, they have the names of 10 fraternity men who participated in the hazing rites but the number could be more.moremoremore

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A 62nd birthday bash

We need the nurturing of culture to be strong in our educational institutions as they are the most consistent influence in the lives of our next generation. The University of St. La Salle does its share in encouraging artistic endeavors as it turned 62, and a program, spearheaded by the Culture and Arts Program of the university, was held Friday to cap the week-long celebration.

The variety show was titled “#62 Birthday Bash”, and director Mariano Montelibano III said there were almost 300 participating talents among the production and performers. The show showcased the different talents of the University.moremoremore

Former BJMP detainee slain

A former detainee of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Barangay Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City, who was recently acquitted of illegal drugs charges, was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Police identified the fatality as Rizal Amador Barrica, “alias Popong”, who was shot two times by the two unidentified men in San Jose Extension, Dumaguete City.

Barrica was on his ATV on his way home to Claytown, Daro, also in Dumaguete, when he was shot. He was rushed to the Silliman University Foundation Center Inc. but died several hours later, police records show.moremoremore