DA hikes Negros fund
for irrigation to P213M
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called for stiffer penalties for rice hoarders and more National Food Authority outlets in Negros Occidental to enable Negrenses to avail of the staple at reasonable prices.
The licenses of traders caught hoarding rice and driving up prices should be revoked and the culprits charged with economic sabotage, he said.
Tagle backs moves
to stop hazing rites
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who was in Bacolod City Saturday, welcomed moves to impose stiffer measures to put an end to hazing that recently took the life of college sophomore Guillo Servando.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia discussed his proposed amendment to the Anti Hazing Law with the cardinal during the Queen of Peace Parish anniversary.
Strengthening R.A. 8049
In what is probably one of the fastest actions taken by government investigators after the commission of a crime, charges were filed last week against the 20 suspects in the death of teenager Guillo Cesar Servando from the cruelty he suffered during his initiation into the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity in Manila.
Servando was a second year college student of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde, who had been enticed to join the fraternity, together with some other students. The young man and his three fellow neophytes must have known they would undergo some form of punishment, but never imagined that the test for getting into the fraternity would be so cruel, it could even cost their lives.
There is, however, another angle that has not been focused on so much by investigators. It is the revelation of one of them that they had changed their minds shortly before the hazing, but when they informed the masters of the group about this, they were reportedly threatened with death..
Insisting that his visit was not political in nature, Liberal Party stalwart and former Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo met with Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo Monday to express his disapproval for the proposed Negros One-Island Region.
Accompanied by his friend Ricky Chiu, Remollo, who was also president of the Clark Development Corp. from 2011 to 2012, said the proposed Negros region would only add a layer to the bureaucracy.
“Regional offices only function as coordinating agencies. With today's technological advances, one can easily get in touch with Malacañang without passing through regional offices,” he said in a telephone interview..