GETTING READY. The "carozzas" of Jerry Sy bearing the representations of saints are being spruced up at JJ Gonzaga Village in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, for the Holy Week processions* (Archie Alipalo photo)
Don’t rush federalism,
4 bishops ask Duterte
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The bishops of the four dioceses of Negros Island are urging President Rodrigo Duterte and the country’s legislators not to rush the shift to Federalism because what is at stake is not only the present generation of Filipinos, but the future generations as well.
“We insist, ‘in season or out of season (2 Timothy 4:2)’, that the voice of the people and not that of self-serving politicians be reflected in any constitutional change,” they said.
Court junks bid
to halt property tax
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 48 denied for lack of merit the petition for certiorari filed by former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella on January 23, to prevent the implementation of City Ordinance No. 827, or the new real property tax (RPT) ordinance.
The petition and prohibition with application for the issuance of a temporary restraining order was filed by Puentevella against Mayor Evelio Leonardia, the Sangguniang Panlungsod represented by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora, and City Treasurer Giovanni Balalilhi, asking the court to set aside C.O. 827 and to declare it unconstitutional for allegedly being violative of the equal protection clause and R.A. 7160 or the Local Government Code.Puentevella said he is not against taxation but C.O. 827 or “An Ordinance Updating the Schedule of Market Value of Real Properties in the City of Bacolod,” is unconstitutional, exorbitant and unfair, and that he is asking for its review.
33rd Negros Trade Fair set
BY MARK L. GARCIA
The Association of Negros Producers will launch the 33 rd Negros Trade Fair that will pay tribute to the sugar industry today at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.
This year’s trade fair theme, “Sweet Talk: Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice”, will pay homage to where the trade fair began and to pay tribute to the sugar industry, a press release from the ANP said.Now in its 33 rd year, it is the longest running provincial trade fair held annually in Metro Manila since 1985. It will run from September 26 to 30 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.