MERGE VISIT. The Balangay replicas docked at the Bredco port in Bacolod City yesterday before sailing off to Zamboanga.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

No postponement of polls;
it’s time to choose: Angara


Senator Sonny Angara was optimistic yesterday that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May and the 2019 midterm elections will push through.

Even if two bills have been filed in the Lower House for the postponement of the BSKE polls in May, no senator has filed a counterpart measure in the Senate, unlike in previous years, Angara said.

“Last year the president invited us to dinner and asked us for a postponement (of the BSKE)…this year he has not said anything,” Angara, who was in Bacolod to address the 1,721 participants of the Iloilo Liga ng Mga Barangay Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, said at a press conference.moremoremore

China can’t be co-owner

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio yesterday stressed that the Philippine government, in entering into a joint venture with China in the West Philippine Sea, cannot concede that half of the area belongs to the Chinese as this would be in violation of the country’s sovereignty.

“I don’t think it is correct to say that we should be happy, we should be overjoyed because China is sharing it with us. In the first place its ours and we should be very worried if China will get half of it because that will violate our Constitution,” he said.

The Constitution says the state shall protect its marine wealth and exclusive economic zone, and preserve the use and enjoyment of the EEZ exclusively for Filipino citizens, Carpio said.moremoremore


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The drivers’ group in Negros Occidental asked for the understanding of the riding public of their proposed fare hike as they are losing much in income due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN law.

United Negros Drivers and Operators Center secretary general Diego Malacad said in an interview during the wage’s consultation this week that the increase was seen as a necessary move,as there was a hike in fuel prices of about P3 to P5 per liter this quarter.

“We are asking for the consideration of the commuters as we want to have more responsible drivers on the road,” Malacad said, adding that if the drivers are earning enough, they will avoid recklessness and there will be less conflict with the riding public.