Patay Mourners wade through the overflow in Candoni Tuesday for a farmer's funeral*
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CA overturns OMB ruling
dismissing mayor, 6 others
IN FURNITURE CASE
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon yesterday called the slashing by the House of Representatives of the Commission on Human Rights budget to P1,000 a year by a vote of 119-32 “utterly shameless”, “revolting” and “appalling”

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said the119 congressmen who voted to slash the CHR budget “reveal to us their true sense of values and priorities.”

In Negros Occidental, only Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist) of Sipalay City voted no to the CHR budget slash, while Rep. Stephen Paduano (AbangLingkodPartylist) of Bacolod City said he voted yes to make a political statement. moremoremore

Koko allays fears
of rights' workers
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Commission on Human Rights personnel nationwide are apprehensive about the fate of their jobs with the cut by the House of Representatives ofits 2018 budget to P1,000, Romeo Baldevarona, CHR Negros Occidental officer-in–charge, said yesterday.

They are banking on the Senate to restore the CHR budget so that they can fully performtheirconstitutional mandate, he said.

The CHR is an independent office created under the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines, with the primary function of investigating all forms of human rights violations. moremoremore

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NBI arrests 12 credit card
scammers in Dumaguete
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The National Bureau of Investigation has arrested 12 suspected scammers from Manila for using counterfeit credit cards while in Dumaguete City, recently.

NBI special investigator Contesa Lastimoso identified the suspects as John Clyde Angeles, Ramon Rodriguez, Jonathan Adajar, Joseph Nombre, Alpha Christian Villanueva, Erickson Raymundo, Albert Marasigan, Ray Lester Lizardo, Edward Mijares, Nino Pinidi, Christopher Fernandez, and Bernardo Saragina.

The 12 were booked for violation of Republic Act 8484, or the Access Devices Regulations Act, following a transaction which was consummated in a restaurant in Dumaguete. .