Kabankalan Bishop Louie Galbines flanked by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales and Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon (right) with the bishops and archbishops from various bishoprics, who attended his episcopal ordination at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)
Pope thanks new bishop
PRAY FOR ME, GALBINES APPEALS
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Pope Francis extended his heartfelt gratitude to newly ordained Bishop Louie Galbines on his willingness to take on the huge responsibility as shepherd of the Diocese of Kabankalan.
The Pope’s message was conveyed by Msgr. Gabriel Viola, secretary of the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Jordano Caccia, at the Episcopal ordination of Galbines, led by Manila Archbishop Emeritus, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City yesterday morning.
Brigada Eskwela kicks off
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week spearheaded by the Department of Education DepEd kicked off yesterday in Bacolod City with a motorcade from Domingo Lacson National High School to the Rodolfo A. Medel Sr. Elementary School where a program was held.
This year’s theme is “Pagkakaisa para sa Handa, Ligtas at Matatag na Paaralan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan”.The activity, being annually conducted by DepEd with different stakeholders in preparation for the school opening in June, had been delayed due to the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14.
Repeal TRAIN law, gov’t urged
BY MARK L. GARCIA
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Negros held a demonstration yesterday to call for the repeal of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN law, and for the government to focus first on the uncollected taxes from evaders and foreign companies with tax holidays, at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City.
Bayan secretary-general Michael dela Concepcion said yesterday that with the continuous increase in the prices of goods and petroleum, it is time that the government should revoke the implementation of TRAIN as the Filipinos are already complaining.The demonstration, that took place at about 5:30 p.m., also called for the cancellation of an increase in excise taxes on fuel in 2019 and 2020, Concepcion said.