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Leni: Fight darkness
with stories of hope

Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday called on Negrenses to help fight negativity and divisiveness pervading in the country today with inspirational stories of ordinary Filipinos who have triumphed amid adversity and done extraordinary things.

“Listening to these stories gives us hope that, in the end, light will always triumph over darkness…Hope is a very powerful thing”, Robredo said at the launching of the Istorya ng Pag-Asa at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod City.

Robredo called on Negrenses to help find stories of hope,in which the Philippines isrich, to inspire others.

Dumaguete under state of calamity

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dumaguete last night declared the city under a state of calamity, after the heavy damage to infrastructure tropical storm Paolo wrought that was even worse than typhoon Sendong in 2011.

City Planning and Development Officer Leonides Caro reported to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council that about 200 lineal meters of river dikes were destroyed or eroded, including the two spillways in Taclobo and Batinguel-Bagacay in Bagacay, Dumaguete.

The two spillways were rendered impassable early yesterday due to strong currents compounded by huge debris from fallen trees. moremoremore


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ERC ‘billing differential'
hearing pushed in Bacolod

Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito yesterday said he will author a resolution urging the Energy Regulatory Commission to hold the hearing of the motion for reconsideration on the implementation of the P232-million unnominated contract quantities in Bacolod City so that many of the consumers and groups could participate.

In the spirit of fairness and transparency, ERC should give chance to affected consumers, who will shoulder the P232 million claim of Kepco Salcon, to be heard, he said.

Distrito said that having to go to Manila to attend the hearing would be very costly for the consumers and contrary to the spirit of fairness and due process. .