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24th Soroptimist
conference set

The 24th mid-biennial conference of the Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region will be held May 31 to June 2 at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, and will be hosted by the SI of Silay, a press release from the group said.

Around 500 delegates from 83 clubs nationwide have registered for the conference that will be attended by SIA president-elect Cheri Fleming and Sandy Shultz, outgoing chairperson of the SIA Fun Development Council, who will conduct workshops during the officer’s leadership training seminar at Royal Amrei Inn in Bacolod on May 30. A press conference will also be held that day, the press release also said.

SI Silay president Marissa Montelibano and club members have lined up a series of activities for the delegates, such as a traditional rural fiesta of old at the Balay Negrense, and will be served famous local delicacies.

The multi-awarded Kabataang Silay Rondalla will provide the music and Hugyaw Silay will present their street dancing prowess at the dinner on May to be co-hosted by Silay Mayor Jose Montelibano, the press release also said.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday he will welcome the Soroptimist delegates to the “City of Smiles” at the opening rites on Friday at L’Fisher Hotel. SI Silay members paid a courtesy call on him and provided him with information on the events lined up for the conference.

Leonardia, who had been part of the tourism industry, lauded the host club for its efforts to bring the delegates to tourist destinations of the province, like the Balay Negrense and The Ruins in Talisay City.

The dinner at L’Fisher will recognize accomplishments of outstanding clubs, the press release also said.*

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Transport groups
slam oil prices

Transport groups in Negros Occidental yesterday denounced another oil price hike, the third one in this month alone, and called on the government to review or, better yet, repeal the oil deregulation law.

Petron, Shell and Chevron announced the increase of 30 centavos for every liter of premium and regular gasoline, 40 centavos for every liter of diesel and 45 centavos for every liter of kerosene at 6 a.m. yesterday citing movements of oil prices in the world market.

Diego Malacad, secretary general of United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, said they are not pursuing their plan to hold a transport strike and instead, will be hold a unity forum.

He said they will invite representatives from the Church, the academe, hospitals and the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will discuss their plan of action, which will either be a picket at the major oil companies in Bacolod or a caravan at the city’s major thoroughfares.

Jessie Ortega, secretary general of the Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators-Negros, said they will also have a transport forum and will invite stakeholders as the successive oil price hikes are already intolerable.

Ortega said they will not hold transport strikes now unless oil companies hike fuel prices again.

Elizabeth Katalbas, president of Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Association, said they are also in favor of the review of the oil deregulation law but they prefer that it will be junked.

Katalbas said they filed a nullification complaint against the law at the Bacolod Hall of Justice several years back but it was not acted upon.

Aside from the succeeding oil price increases, Katalbas said, they are also protesting the massive apprehensions made by the agents of the Land Transportation Office of their drivers for simple violations and the excessive amount of fines imposed on them

Despite the consecutive oil price hikes, the transport groups are not going to file a petition to increase fares.*APN

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Some illegal gambling
operations stopped: PNP

Some operators of illegal gambling reportedly stopped their activities because of the operations without let-up against them by the police, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday.

In six days, since Tuesday last week, of sustained anti-illegal gambling operations, de la Paz said they arrested 26 violators, with majority of the police operations held in northern Negros.

Senior Inspector Romeo Vargas reported yesterday that they have also arrested four bet solicitors of the jai-alai gambling outfit codenamed “Silver Bullet” in La Castellana.

Reelected Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had earlier ordered the police to also arrest the financiers and operators of illegal gambling.

Marte Palomar, Western Visayas director of the National Police Commission, being a deputy of Napolcom, yesterday reminded mayors of their role in the fight against illegal gambling in their areas.

De la Paz said they are also exerting effort to build up cases against some prominent personalities included in their watch list on illegal gambling, although he refused to identify them.

He said they need sworn statements from “trusted men” of the financiers and operators of illegal gambling, to establish an airtight case against them.

Marañon had claimed that operations of illegal gambling, especially in northern Negros, are being supported by some political leaders.*GPB

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