MERGE European Union Head of Cooperation Enrico Strampelli, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (l-r) at the launching of Bacolod City as a Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center, yesterday*


No ‘backdoor freedom’
for heinous crimes: DOJ
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said those who have “committed the most atrocious and reprehensible crimes against the people” will be prohibited from availing of increased good conduct time allowance (GCTA) credits that would allow their early release from jail.

The loopholes of the internal rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 that have created a backdoor to freedom for those who have committed crimes deserving universal condemnation will be plugged, Guevarra said in his speech at the launching of Bacolod City as the 5th Justice Zone in the country yesterday morning.

Gueverra was joined by Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Bacolod City officials led by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia at the launch held at the Bacolod City Government Center. moremoremore


Bacolod perfect for justice zone: CJ
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin yesterday said Bacolod City was chosen as the 5thJustice Zone in the country because it already has justice sector reforms in place and the stakeholders are willing to work together to further improve the delivery of justice.

Bersamin, who led the launching of Bacolod as the 5th Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center, said “the minimum number of reforms present for an area or locality to be declared a justice zone is 40, but I am happy to say that Bacolod got a score of 74/92 or 80 percent”.

Bacolod ranks as the top mid-sized city in the country, is a most business friendly highly urbanized city, number one in terms of infrastructure, cost of doing business and cost of living, one of the most livable cities and provides ICT-enabled jobs, the chief justice said. moremoremore

 

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Capitol food terminal to open October
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The provincial government-run Negros First Food Terminal is expected to open in October, in time for the 40th MassKara Festival of Bacolod City, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said yesterday.

Diaz, who accompanied Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and other provincial officials in inspecting the facility at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod this week, said the food market is already completed but has yet to be turned over to the provincial government.

“It’s already completed and operational. There are already deliveries starting 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.,” he said, but added the food terminal, where the dry goods are, has yet to be completed.