Cafgu in gang rape seen with Army troops

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The father of a 17-year-old gang rape victim in a mountain barangay of Moises Padilla town claimed that one of the Cafgu members involved in the case was seen in the company of Army troopers, contrary to reports that he and his other companion have gone on AWOL or absence without official leave.

Juanito Amit in a press conference Tuesday with GABRIELA-Negros at the Negros Press Club also revealed that he got threats and harassment from the suspects.

Amit said the victim was remitted to the crisis center here in the city for her own safety. He also lamented that he also gave his six other children to relatives and friends for their own safety as the suspects are still roaming free in the area.

Amit said police authorities in Moises Padilla town are still waiting for the warrant of arrests against the suspects. The case is still with the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office here.

Amit revealed that last July 17, seven armed men wearing ski masks surrounded his house apparently looking for him. He said he was fortunate to have been awakened by the barking dogs and he immediately brought his children out of the house and hid them at the back.

Groups: EDC downsizing a ploy


By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Negros Environmental Watch (NEW) and the Save Mount Kanlaon Coalition (SMKC) labeled as a ploy the recent pronouncement of Energy Development Corp. (EDC) that it will “downsize” its operation in the “buffer zone” of the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.

The groups said EDC issued the statement as it wants to stay and continue drilling in the Kanlaon Park.

NEW and SMKC said EDC’s plan to reduce its adjusted target generation of 49 megawatts to merely 5-10 MW is dubious.

In a statement furnished to media here, NEW and the SMKC further said EDC’s statement issued by its president Richard Tantoco is an admission on the part of EDC that its project “is a gigantic failure.”

They also said that “if not for the sale of EDC to First Gen, the geothermal project in the MKNP would be a monstrous white elephant that siphoned off billions of the people’s money.”

In the statement the group also claimed that despite its numerous claims and reassurances, supposedly backed up by extensive scientific studies and technical findings through the last 17 years, the geothermal project has dismally failed to achieve its objective to produce adequate geothermal power in the area.

Transport group supports guv on land development

  Transport group supports guv on land development By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – A transport group aired their full support to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.’s plan to develop the 7.7-hectare lot at the back of the provincial capitol. The United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (UNDOC) in a resolution dated July 25, […]

Deputy Ombudsman admits fight vs corruption a failure

Deputy Ombudsman admits fight vs corruption a failure By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Atty. Pelagio Apostol, deputy ombudsman for Visayas, yesterday admitted that the campaign against corruption in government was a failure in the past administration. Apostol was here yesterday morning and called on Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon for their program dubbed “caravan […]

Marañon mulls legal option vs SMPHI

Marañon mulls legal

option vs SMPHI

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon yesterday said that the provincial government has not received yet an official copy of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals on the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare prime property it awarded to Ayala Land Inc.

The TRO was sought by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI).

Marañon hinted that “a legal action against SMPHI is an option” for going to court after its failure to win the right to develop the property on lease and purchase mode.

When the provincial government receives the official copy of the TRO, he said he will direct the provincial lawyers to file a motion for reconsideration.

“That is the usual procedure,” he pointed point.

He claimed that in the absence of an official copy, the provincial government will continue with what they have to do as far as the Ayala Land deal is concerned, confirming further that the documents were already sent to COA Manila for approval. He clarified that the matter of COA review is procedural.