MERGE LIGHTED UP. The public plaza in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, marks Christmas with silhouettes in light.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Ilog vice mayor, 5 officials
meted 10-year prison terms
Alvarez filing MR, says decision not final

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has sentenced former mayor and now vice mayor John Paul Alvarez and five other officials of Ilog town in Negros Occidental, to six years and one month as minimum to 10 years as maximum imprisonment for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“But the decision is not yet final, definitely my brother will file a motion for reconsideration,” his sister, Deputy House Speaker Mercedes Alvarez, said yesterday.

“We will exhaust all judicial remedies accorded to us by law,” she said. moremoremore

House hit for okay of Cha-Cha

Voting 224-22-3, the House of Representatives yesterday passed on third and final reading the proposed revision of the 1987 Constitution.

The Negros Occidental representatives present all voted for its passage, Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) said.

Bayan Negros that is calling on Negrenses to oppose Charter Change is set to stage an indignation rally in front of the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City at 3 p.m. today. moremoremore


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DOT, DOTr to develop 85 airports

MANILA - The Department of Tourism partnered Monday with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to develop at least 85 airports across the country to promote tourism growth.

“We are talking about developing our airports so that we have more capacity to receive flights from other destinations and accommodate more tourists to the country,” DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. said in an interview on the sidelines of the DOT-DOTr convergence conference on airport development in Makati City.

He said the convergence program aims to set criteria for the airports to be prioritized, which will have a significant impact on tourism growth.