NGC Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueño (left and right seated) with the participants in the 15th meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Responsible for Information at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, yesterday.*
( GPB photo )


Bing: Bacolod may host
another ASEAN event
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod City may host another Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit meeting within this year.

This was disclosed by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday, who said that Cecilia Villanueva of the National Organizing Committee told them that they are really considering Bacolod for the hosting of another ASEAN event before the year is over.

“Whatever that is, we don't know yet,” he said in an interview with the media. moremoremore

PH losing millions
in aid, trade deals
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno yesterday said the Philippines is losing millions of dollars in aid and trade because of accusations of human rights violations against the Duterte administration.

They have received intelligence reports that the stepped-up effort is to put pressure on the president to free jailed Senator Leila de Lima, he added.

Sueno, in an interview at the opening of the 15th meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Responsible for Information at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, said the Philippines lost a $434 million United States grant and 27 trade agreements with the European Union because of accusations of human right violations against the Duterte administration. moremoremore

 

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Dumaguete Diocese priests
will not join PNP's TokHang
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete has assured that the diocese will continue to help government fight the illegal drugs problem but he will not allow his priests to participate in the TokHang activities.

Cortes' statement comes as the Dumaguete clergy concluded Tuesday afternoon its two-day regular clergy meeting and even had for its guest speaker on the first day the regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency of the Negros Island Region, who briefed them on the current drug situation in the country.

He said in an interview that Oplan TokHang is not the job of the priests but of law enforcers..