Bing Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia (center), defends HB No. 5503 before the Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (left), with committee member, Rep. Carlo Lopez of Quezon City.*

Roxas, Negros officials
to celebrate NIR today

Top Negros Occidental officials from the government and private sector will gather at the Capitol in Bacolod City for a celebration of the creation of the Negros Island Region with Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas at 2 p.m. today.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that he has invited the Negros Occidental congressmen, the provincial government officials, mayors, vice mayors and councilors to the caucus at the Social Hall of the Capitol.

Also invited to the affair are leaders of the sugar industry, the academe and civil society organizations. moremoremore

House okays Leonardia bill
on free museum admission

Millions of public elementary school students nationwide will soon enjoy free admission to all public museums and national historical shrines and landmarks.

They will be entitled to this under House Bill (HB) No. 5503 authored by Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, that was recently approved on third and final reading in the House of Representatives, a press release from her office said.

The bill seeks to grant all public elementary school students free admission to these places, subject to capacity and availability as determined by the National Museum or the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, in coordination with the Department of Education.moremoremore


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Wife condemns brutal slay
of former CAFGU member

The wife of the slain former member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, yesterday condemned what she calls the “brutal and barbaric killing” of her husband on June 4 in Barangay Luz, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Ex-CAFGU member Jessie Jocson, a resident of Sitio Cataloto, Brgy. Sikatuna, Isabela, Negros Occidental, succumbed to 16 gunshot wounds, some to the head, from suspected New People's Army rebels, his wife, Emilyn, said.

Jocson, who had resigned as a CAFGU member had been receiving death threats since 2013, on suspicions of being a military asset, which was disputed by Emilyn.

She said her husband resigned as CAFGU member because he wanted to live a normal life. Yet, he was still killed in a brutal way, Emilyn added.