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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, February 18, 2008
Negros Oriental
Fishermen buck port construction
Stringent marine protection measures pushed in island
RP leadership beyond redemption: ArchbishopS
Climate change council formed  

Fishermen buck port construction

The Siit Fishermen's Association in Siaton, Negros Oriental, sent

a petition to the Sangguniang Bayan and other government agencies, Thursday opposing the ongoing construction of a private port in the town.

The fisherfolk communities said they were not consulted on the construction of the port owned by Rizaldy Lampajo, and neither was a public hearing held on it.

Stringent marine protection
measures pushed in island

Life seemed a lot better for Apo island barangay captain Liberty Pascobello-Rhodes back then.

“When I started the marine sanctuary project in 1983, everyone in Apo Island was angry with me,” Rhodes said.

Putting a marine sanctuary which was off-limits to fishermen seemed

strange for the inhabitants of this 74-hectare island. The fishermen didn't mind having to row their bancas far to catch fish, so long as they were free to do whatever they wanted in their small island.

RP leadership beyond
redemption: Archbishop

MANILA - Outspoken Archbishop Oscar Cruz joined a chorus of growing public dissent over alleged government corruption yesterday by declaring that the "national leadership was beyond redemption."

Without naming embattled President Gloria Arroyo, Archbishop Cruz urged the government to take note of public anger over alleged corruption in a cancelled 329-million-dollar national broadband network project with China 's ZTE Corp.

"The court of public opinion has already formed a judgment," he was quoted on the GMA7 television website as saying.

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