MERGE Ahead of the Labor Day rally today, some workers staged a rally in front of the Department of Labor and Employment office in Bacolod City yesterday to call on the government to address their concerns.* (MPE photo)


DOJ: Sagay massacre
probe moved to Manila

Prosecutors will hold the preliminary investigation in Manila on the deaths of nine sugar workers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental in October, due to security concerns.

The Department of Justice has given the respondents in the 2018 Sagay City massacre until May 22 to respond to the multiple murder complaint filed against them.

“The preliminary investigation will be done in Manila due to security concerns. They were given time to answer the allegations against them," Assistant State Prosecutor Ferdinand Fernandez said yesterday. moremoremore


Justice for victims elusive: bishop
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Diocese of San Carlos will celebrate the dignity of human work today, the Feast of St. Joseph The Worker and International Labor Day, by remembering the Sagay 9, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said yesterday.

Nine members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers who occupied part of Hacienda Nene in Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, were massacred by armed men in the evening of Oct. 20, 2018.

Alminaza said the murder of the nine sugar workers has yet to be given justice. moremoremore

 

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Guv to highlight biz potentials
of Neg. Occ. in Australia forum
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is expected to boost the business potentials of the province during the Regional Australia-Asia Chamber Forum in Darwin, Australia, tomorrow and Friday.

Marañon will deliver a 20-minute keynote speech on the second day of the forum that will be attended by 250 businessmen and representatives from chambers of commerce in Australia and across the Asian region, like Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

Joining Marañon in the forum are former governor Rafael Coscolluela, consultant on Investment Promotions of the provincial government, Ma. Lina Sanogal, Provincial Planning and Development coordinator, Cristina Orbecido, Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center administrator, and Christine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operation officer, as well as officials from the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry.