prayersThe stage at the Bacolod Public Plaza is all set for the Grace Poe rally that organizers say will draw a crowd of about 24,000 this afternoon. * Andy Alvarez photo

Declarations of support for Poe expected today


  Several Negros Occidental officials and candidates are expected to declare their support for presidential candidate frontrunner Grace Poe when she holds a series of rallies in Negros Occidental today.

          Poe will be in Negros Occidental with her runningmate Chiz Escudero, and her Negrense mother, actress Susan Roces.

          Also expected with Poe are senatorial bets former Makati Vice Mayor and actor Edu Manzano, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, ACT-CIS Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, former Senator Richard  Gordon, Susan “Toots” Ople, and Audrey Zubiri, who will represent her husband, Juan Miguel  Zubiri. moremoremore

Murcia man in drug bust
gets 17 years


          A resident of Murcia nabbed for possession of shabu at a police checkpoint was sentenced yesterday to 17 years imprisonment.

          Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier found Leonardo Alvarez Sanchez guilty for possession of a plastic sachet of shabu, weighing 0.122 gram, in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

          Sanchez was sentenced to suffer an indeterminate prison term of 12 years and 8 months as minimum, to 17 years and 8 months as maximum, and to pay a P300,000 fine.   moremoremore


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Mission accomplished
Poe retains lead

Organizations, gov’t act to protect Tañon Strait

                Civil society organizations are closing ranks with concerned government agencies to protect and manage in a sustainable manner the Tañon Strait, the country’s largest marine protected area, between Cebu and Negros, in the Visayas.

            The civil society organizations  working in Tañon Strait have committed to provide support to the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Protected Area Management Board to implement its 10-year general management plan, in a parallel session during the second general assembly of the TSPS-PAMB, held in Cebu City recently, a press release from organizers said.

            “Our dialogue was a huge first step for CSOs to be united and work together in various areas in the critical phase of the implementation of the General Management Plan to protect Tañon Strait from all forms of threats and make it resilient,” Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana, said in the press release..moremoremore