These Negrenses are waiting to file their claims applications at the Bacolod Government Center on Thursday* (CGS PHOTO)

HR victims’ relatives
unable to file claims


Three women whose relatives were killed by Civilian Home Defense Force members in southern Negros Occidental during the Marcos regime said yesterday that their applications for claims were not accepted by the   Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board at the Bacolod Government Center for lack of supporting documents.

The women, who were cash-strapped, and had to travel far to file their applications, are among the many Negrense relatives of Marcos regime human rights victims, who are hoping that the HRVCB returns to Bacolod to help them avail of their claims.

HRVCB records show that on Thursday and yesterday, its staff was able to encode 338 claim applications from 450 assessed applicants who went to the Government Center.moremoremore

Enrile temporarily detained
at PNP General Hospital

MANILA - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was temporarily detained at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City, yesterday after surrendering at the PNP headquarters following the issuance by the Sandiganbayan of an arrest warrant against him for plunder.

The 90-year-old ex-defense secretary, Senate president, and martial-law enforcer of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is facing plunder and graft charges for allegedly pocketing P172.8 million in kickbacks from businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the pork barrel scam.

Plunder is a non-bailable offense and a crime punishable by life imprisonment.moremoremore

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The quick response of Dumaguete Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling Sr. denying in a privilege speech last week the rumors of alleged “payola” of P20,000 each given to some city legislators has somehow tamped down the alarm it has caused.

The Vice Mayor and the councilors categorically denied having received such amounts and challenged those who impute such thing to come up with evidence, and they will face them in any forum, in any court of law, or in any arena of battle.

The problem surfaced when a housing developer applied for a permit for its Phase I project. The City of Dumaguete gained nothing from the 20 percent for low-cost housing because it was implemented in Sagay, Negros Occidental, although the project has supposedly to be constructed in Dumaguete City.moremoremore


2 killed in Bais clash

A Philippine Army soldier and a suspected member of the New People’s Army were killed in an encounter in Sitio Sandana, Barangay Mansangaban, Bais City in Negros Oriental, at around 10 a.m. yesterday.

The soldier was identified as Pfc Marlon Lanes of Roxas City, and assigned with the 79th Infantry Battalion. The suspected rebel fatality remains unidentified, and Army sources described him as young, with long hair, and a fair complexion.

Initial report reaching the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the PA said troopers of the 79th IB engaged around 15 armed men, believed to be members of the Komiteng Rehiyon Sentral Bisayas-South East Front.moremoremore