VROWD Part of the crowd waiting to register to vote at the Bacolod Comelec yesterday.*
(Andy Alvarez photos)

Neg. Occ. Voters
may hit 1.6 million

The 1,596,528 voters in Negros Occidental could hit 1.6 million when the registration period ends on Saturday, Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

In the 2013 polls Negros Occidental was ranked the fourth vote-richest province in the country after Cebu at first, Cavite – second and Pangasinan – third.

As of July 20 this year the Comelec had 1,596,528 registered voters in Negros Occidental with 58,892 lacking biometric data, Suarez said.moremoremore

Crime group
member killed, 3 captured

Their luck finally ran out.

An alleged member of an organized crime group was killed, while three of his companions were captured after a brief gunbattle yesterday with combined teams of policemen and Army soldiers in Brgy. Baclao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

Supt. Frederick Mead, Cauayan police chief, said two leaders of the organized crime group known as the Alter Villanueva criminal gang, were also injured, but they managed to escape.moremoremore


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NOPPO preparing for ‘undas'

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental is gearing up with its security preparations for the back-to-back religious observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on November 1 and 2, respectively.

The twin feasts is held every year to commemorate the saints and honor the dead, with throngs of people returning to the provinces to visit the graves of their departed loved ones and offer flowers and candles, among other traditional practices.

Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, officer in charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that he has directed all the police chiefs to submit their security plans prior to deployment from October 31 to November 2.moremoremore