MERGE Rep. Geraldine Roman (Bataan, 1st District) speaking at the Rotary International District 3850 conference at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

‘Join fight for equality’
Roman calls amid SOGIE bill opposition


Rep. Geraldine Roman (Bataan, 1 st District) yesterday called on Rotarians to join her in the fight for gender equality, inclusiveness and acceptance.

Roman, co-author of House Bill Number 4982 or An Act Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE), spoke before about 600 Rotarians at the Rotary International District 3850 conference at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

Roman, the first transgender woman elected to the Philippine Congress, said that while the SOGIE Equality bill was unanimously approved by the Lower House by a vote of 198-0, it is facing opposition from some in the Senate and from religious fundamentalists groups.moremoremore

Full alert vs. ISIS remains


The Bacolod City Police Office is still not discounting the possibility of an ISIS spillover and remains on full alertagainst possible threats or terroristic activities.

“Because of what happened in Mindanao, we can’t discount the possibility that the ISIS will find another place or another city to launch their evil intentions,” Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, BCPO officer-in-charge, said yesterday.

The military had admitted that remnants of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group are trying to revive their forces after their losses in the Marawi siege last year.moremoremore


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Hydro power plant endorsed

Ten host barangays in Mabinay and the municipal government unanimously endorsed the proposed hydroelectric power plant that is expected to spur economic growth in this farming-dependent town of Negros Oriental, a press release said.

Thousands of residents witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement recently between the municipal government and the Phinma Energy Corporation, the developer of the project.

“We welcome the coming of Phinma Energy in Mabinay because this will give opportunities to many of our constituents in terms of employment and livelihood,” Mabinay Mayor Ernie Uy said during the MOA signing, as one of the highlights of the 2018 Langub (Cave) Festival. The mayor was accompanied by members of the Sangguniang Bayan during the ceremony.