MERGE FIRE. Firefighters conduct a mopping-up operation after the fire that hit two houses in Purok Bayanihan, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, Tuesday.* (Albert Giner photo)


Sexual abuse raps
filed versus priest
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

A Roman Catholic priest was charged yesterday for rape, in relation to RA 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, before the Cadiz City Prosecutor’s Office, for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl.

Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Cadiz City police officer-in-charge, yesterday identified the priest as Fr. Aron Buenacosa, parish priest of St. Joseph Parish Church in Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City.

Buenacosa, 41, was accused of molesting of a 4-year-old female victim, whose mother is employed as a secretary of the parish church. moremoremore


Church committed to truth: bishop
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday said he has relieved the Roman Catholic priest accused of allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in Cadiz City and assured that the Church is committed to search for the truth.

“We will make sure the process will be fair and just to both parties, and whoever is responsible will have to face the consequences,” he said.

Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Cadiz City police officer-in-charge, yesterday identified the priest as Fr. Aron Buenacosa, parish priest of St. Joseph Parish Church in Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City. moremoremore

 

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Global unions join million-signature
drive vs. sugar import liberalization
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Global unions have joined the campaign of the National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines (NACUSIP) to gather one million signatures to express their strong opposition to the proposal to liberalize sugar imports.

The Union Network International-Philippine Liaison Council yesterday issued an appeal for international solidarity for the Philippine sugar workers and small farmers, Roland dela Cruz, UNI-PLC executive vice president, said.

De La Cruz is also NACUSIP president.