Murdered nurse
Jennifer Bongco (left) with her daughters Maria Jolina, 19, and Jessica, 5.*

Bacoleña nurse


A Bacolod nurse was killed by her alleged boyfriend in front of her 5-year-old daughter in Winslow, New Jersey, Friday, reports from the United States said yesterday.
Jennifer Frantes Bongco, 41, was stabbed several times and her body was left by the roadside less than a mile from her home, the Courier-Post reported on its website.
A pizza deliveryman discovered her body.

A relative in Negros Occidental confirmed that the victim’s daughter, Maria Jolina Bongco, 19, had called her mother’s family in Bacolod to inform them of her death.
The relative said that the family of Jennifer, who has worked as a nurse for 20 years, is asking for privacy in their time of grief.

Ian de Ramos, a classmate of Bongco, said she studied at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in high school, and the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod for her nursing degree..moremoremore

PNP, Army on
red alert


The entire police force of Western Visayas went on red alert starting yesterday for the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III, as various threat groups may take advantage of the situation.
Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, regional police director of Western Visayas, said they are also anticipating the mobilization of various sectoral and progressive groups for protest actions.
In Bacolod City, 170 personnel were on standby for Crowd Dispersal Management operations, with augmentation from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, head of the Bacolod Police Operations Branch, said yesterday.

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Health care irony

The Coalition for Primary Care, an tumbrella group of about 70 health organizations, is calling on Congress and the President to strengthen the primary care workforce by dealing with the chronic shortage of healthcare workers through legislation and policies that would improve their recruitment and retraining as well as redistribute healthcare teams to needed areas and retain medical practitioners by providing better working conditions.

Former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral says there are only 2.3 primary care providers per 10,000 Filipinos. This equates to a measly 0.2 physicians, 0.4 nurses and 1.7 midwives for that number. This is way below the World Health Organization recommendation of 24 health care workers for every 10,000 people just to address maternal and child health. moremoremore


NORSU-BOR nullifies 90-day
suspension of employee


The Board of Regents of the Negros Oriental State University in Dumaguete City, nullified the 90-day suspension order against member Roche Cabanlit due to technicalities.

Cabanlit confirmed that the suspension order issued against him by NORSU president Don Vicente Real was nullified for lack of due process and jurisdiction.
Real suspended Cabanlit for serious dishonesty, when the latter claimed that he has a master’s degree in Information Technology.

Cabanlit said he would have explained to Real the reasons behind the controversy, but he was not allowed to defend himself. He said his manifestations were reviewed by the BOR, and the suspension order nullified...moremoremore