The crowd at the MKK rally at the Bacolod Public plaza yesterday.*
(Ronnie Baldonado photo)
The Commission on Elections yesterday began a massive “Operation Baklas” campaign to remove illegally posted campaign materials in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon Sia said yesterday.
Candidates will be held accountable for the posting of the illegal campaign materials, which is an election offense that carries a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of the right to vote, and prohibition to occupy public office, she said.
Participants of a Regional Joint Security Command Conference yesterday did not find any area in Negros Occidental qualified to be included among the country's election watchlist areas (EWAs).
But 11 areas in Negros Oriental remain classified under EWAS.
Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, Negros Island Region police director, said police, Army and Comelec officials who met at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel were in agreement that no areas in Negros Occidental, including Isabela town where recent untoward incidents have occurred, fit into the EWAS categories.
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DENR, groups to hold dialog
over geothermal expansion
A network of environmental groups in Negros Oriental will have a dialog with Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on April 6 over issues involving the alleged violations of Energy Development Corporation's geothermal project in Mt. Talinis Range.
The groups filed a complaint recently before the DENR Central Office to oppose EDC's 60-megawatt expansion, and list the environmental violations, a government press release said.
“This mountain is not only home to rich biodiversity of flora and fauna with high endemism but it is also our identified watershed providing water to about 15 municipalities and cities in the southern part of Negros Oriental," Aidalyn Arabe of Save Mount Talinis Movement said. “Mt. Talinis is the remaining one percent natural forest of Negros Oriental, our last frontier.”