SILAY LIGHTED UP. This 30-foot Christmas tree made of recycled softdrinks bottles was lighted up last night at the Silay City plaza.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Drive vs. death kicks off

The Diocese of Bacolod is kicking off its diocesan-wide education campaign against the reimposition of the death penalty with a prayer rally in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City this afternoon, Fr. Felix Pasquin said yesterday.

About 1,000 parishoners and students are expected to join a prayer rally, and assembly time is at 4:30 p.m., Pasquin, rector of the Cathedral, said.

The House Justice Committee approvedlast week for plenary deliberation a bill for the restoration of the death penalty for more than 20 heinous offenses, including drug offenses, rape with homicide, kidnapping for ransom, and arson with death. moremoremore

Protestors slam
Marcos' burial, EJKs

Protestors slammed the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and called for an end to mounting extra judicial killings at two rallies on International Human Rights Day in Bacolod City, Saturday.

“Burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani means that another leadercan be as vicious, as tyrannical, as corrupt, and still deserve honor as a hero,” said lawyer Andrea Si of the Concerned Citizens of Negros, who was among the protestors at the Fountain of Justice at Araneta Street.

“The issue is not just the burial of an old corpse. Legitimizing Marcos and Martial Law means approving an administration that assaults constitutional rights and freedoms as ruthlessly as Marcos did,” Si said. moremoremore


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Better NIR appreciation
by national officials seen

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said more members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet are openly supporting the establishment of the Negros Island Region, so he is confident that the national leadership will have a better appreciation of the NIR retention.

Discussion on the Negros lobby for the retention of the NIR is set to be tackled by the Cabinet in January, Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said earlier.

Earlier Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno had said the executive order creating the NIR would be repealed due to budgetary constraints. .