Echoing a viewpoint instead of telling a story

Posted by watchmen
April 19, 2017
Posted in OPINION

After studying journalism at Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey, and having some exposure to media in the United States, having previously worked as a stringer for a newspaper and contributing to a few online media outlets, found the journalism environment in the Philippines completely different. While there is criticism of media bias …

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Senate committee begins high fructose corn syrup hearings today

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in HEADLINE

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga The Senate Committee on Agriculture, chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar, will conduct a hearing on the unregulated importation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) today at 1:00 p.m. Among those invited to attend the hearing are Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) spokesperson, Atty. Emilio Yulo; Wennie Sancho and Hernane …

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Marañon accepts resignation of former OPA head

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. confirmed yesterday he will accept the resignation of former Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) head, Engr. Igmedio Tabianan. During a meeting with members of the media, Marañon said he has to accept Tabianan’s resignation, as he understands he does not want to work …

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ECJ co-op accuses farmers’ group of trespassing

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga The ECJ Farmworkers Agrarian Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (Efarbemco) filed a complaint claiming the farmers’ group Task Force Mapalad (TFM) attempted to take over their land. According to Efarbemco chairman Edgar Dela Rama, several individuals illegally trespassed on land in San Enrique owned by the cooperative on April 11; identifying Ricardo …

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Governor doubles security for Panaad Festival

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. doubled security in preparation for this year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival, which will run from April 22 to 30. The order came following the foiled terror plot by the Abu Sayyaf group in Bohol last week. Marañon said they will be more vigilant than …

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Mambukal Resort reports P1.2 million in earnings during Holy Week

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga The Mambukal Resort reported yesterday they earned almost P1.2 million during Holy Week, last week. In a document released by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., the resort earned a total of P1,189,434, compared to P1,085,490 in the same period last year. Marañon said an estimated 17,366 guests entered the …

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Malabor sworn in as new Isabela Mayor

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Paulo Loreto Lim Following the recent death of Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla III, Vice Mayor Joselito Malabor was sworn in as his successor by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. at the Provincial Capitol, yesterday. Town Council member Henry Foscablo was also sworn in as the new vice mayor. The new mayor indicated one …

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Pusher nabbed in Bais City drug bust

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga An alleged drug pusher was arrested by Bais City police, following a buy-bust operation at Casa Margarita, Barangay Talungon, Bais City, Negros Oriental, late Sunday evening. Police identified the suspect as 30-year-old Ignacio Salvania, a resident of Quezon Street, Barangay 1 of the said city. Bais City Police Station said …

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Trucker survives shooting incident in Kabankalan City

Posted by watchmen
April 18, 2017
Posted in TOP STORIES

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga A trucker reportedly survived after he was shot twice by a farm laborer at Purok Kapangyasan, Barangay Tabugon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Sunday afternoon. Police identified the victim as 32-year-old Noreil Dominguez, a resident of Barangay San Jose, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Investigators from Kabankalan City Police Station said the …

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