Captured NPA leader Villanueva* (See story)

Court employees
slam moves to undermine SC

Employees of the Bacolod Hall of Justice yesterday joined a nationwide Black Monday protest against attempts to undermine the judicial independence of the Supreme Court, Gerald John Joven, Philippine Association of Court Employees-Negros Occidental Chapter president, said.

About 70 to 80 percent of the court employees at the Bacolod Hall of Justice, including some judges, joined the move by wearing black shirts, while an even bigger protest is expected on Monday, when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his States of the Nation Address, Joven said.

Joven said they are encouraging court employees throughout Negros Occidental to wear black on July 28 as a show of support for the SC. He, at the same time, assured that their protests will not disrupt court work..moremoremore

Top ranking NPA leader falls

Another top ranking leader of the New People's Army in southern Negros was arrested Sunday night by the police at a checkpoint in Brgy. Dancalan, Ilog, Negros Occidental.

Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday identified the arrested suspect as Abraham Villanueva, secretary of the South West Front of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros.

Lirazan said Villanueva, alias “Tikboy, Gamay, Bods54,” has a pending arrest warrant for violation of Section 3, Paragraph 4 of PD 1613, or arson, issued by San Carlos Regional Trial Court Judge Kathrine Go, who also denied him bail..moremoremore


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A joint report of the Geneva based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the New York based UN Development Program cited the Philippines, along with Vietnam and New Zealand as “positive examples of progress” in disaster risk reduction and management.

The report, titled “Effective Law and Regulation for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)” was based on a multi-country study that assessed legal frameworks for disaster risk management in 31 countries, including the Philippines.

It said Vietnam, New Zealand and the Philippines not only had “strong disaster management laws,” but also “have made progress in initiatives, such as establishing early warning systems, promoting insurance to help people recover from disaster losses and pushing for greater disaster risk reduction awareness and education for the public, particularly in schools”.moremoremore

Voters' list-up held in
Dumaguete brgys

The Commission on Elections in Dumaguete City has initiated a move to penetrate barangays in the city to get more voters to file their applications for registration for the 2016 elections.

The move aims to reach out to voters, including those who have reached voting age and previous ones who had been deactivated and stricken off the voters' list for failure to vote in two successive elections, City Election Officer Gildu Agoncillo said.

Agoncillo also said that holding the registration in the barangays will reduce the number of those lining up at the last minute at the Comelec. ..moremoremore