TINABU-AY WINNER. The Lopez Jaena National High School won as best in street dance in the 20 th Tinabu-ay Festival of Murcia yesterday.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )


Church prayer rally vs.
death penalty set

BY CARLA GOMEZ

The Diocese of Bacolod is also holding a prayer rally against the reimposition of the death penalty in Bacolod City on Monday afternoon, Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral, said yesterday.

The House of Representatives justice committee Wednesday approved for plenary deliberation a bill for the restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes by a vote of 12.Sixvoted against it and one abstained.

Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), a member of the justice committee, said she was one of the six who voted against the restoration of the death penalty. moremoremore

Court junks Bacolod
vote recount case
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he cannot defend a resolution approved by the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan Wednesday authorizing Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to expropriate 65 hectares in the cities of Talisay and Bacolod valued at P485 million.

“I will always respect the decision of the majority, much more (if) unanimous in this case, but I cannot defend this particular ordinance,” Lacson said.

He said “eminent domain is possible only when there is a disagreement, in this transaction with the two land owners, there was an agreement, not once, but twice”. moremoremore

 

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Tañon Strait LGUs craft
plan vs. illegal fishing
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Concerned local government units, agencies and fishing industry stakeholders, including civil society organizations, gathered in Cebu recently to review and strengthen an enforcement plan to protect Tañon Strait from commercial, illegal, and destructive fishing operations.

The Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Enforcement summit was attended by more than 120 participants, who reviewed and identified gaps to strengthen the Tañon Strait enforcement plan, and forge their commitments to strongly implement the plan in the next several years, a press release from organizers said yesterday.

“The participants represent key people in enforcement and respective agencies that are crucial in operationalizing the enforcement plan for Tañon Strait,” Daniel Ocampo, campaign manager of Oceana Philippines, one of the summit organizers, said..