University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos students mobbed chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno (center) for groupies.* (CPG photo)
‘Fight for rule of law’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
“I will not resign,” a defiant Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno reiterated yesterday before about 1,200 students and supporters at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos gym in Bacolod City, as she called for her Senate trial to begin.
“Give me my day in the Senate impeachment court, let my Senate trial begin,” she said of those calling for her resignation.
Sereno thanks Negros judges;
PACE won’t join resign call, too
“I’m v ery, very proud of the Negros judges”, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said yesterday.
In an interview,the chief justice, who spoke at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City, thanked the Negros Occidental Regional Trial Court Judges Association (NORTCJA) officers and members for their statement Monday that they are not joining the call for her to resign and are staying neutral.“I read that, thank you, thank you,” she told the DAILY STAR.
BANK EXEC SAYS
BPO, real estate changing
Negros economic landscape
BY MARK L. GARCIA
The Bank of the Philippine Islands is adding four more branches in Negros Island this year to keep up with the demands of the changing economy and financial inclusivity of the two provinces, its president and chief operating officer said yesterday.
BPI President and CEO Cezar Consing in a media interview in Bacolod City yesterday said that before, it was just on the sugar industry that Negros depended on for its development, but now industries like the Business Process Outsourcing and Real Estate are entering and is changing the landscape.“These two industries have helped redefine the local economic landscape and will generate more jobs for Negrenses,” he said, adding that Negros is becoming more financially inclusive.