Student dies in hazing,
father calls for justice
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A student of Dela Salle-College of Saint Benilde was killed in a hazing incident in Manila Saturday and his father, who is a Bacoleño, is calling for justice.
Guillo Cesar Servando was found unconscious with three other students in a condominium unit at One Archer’s Place in Taft, Manila Saturday evening, Manila Police District spokesperson Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo said.
Congress has approved on third and final reading the measures filed by Bacolod Rep. Evelio “Bing” Leonardia for the creation of more regional and municipal trial courts in the city.
This was confirmed yesterday by Leonardia in an interview over “Kapehan sa North West,” aired over Aksyon Radyo, and hosted by Boy Duran, where he also announced that public works worth P629,3 million have been completed, or are in various stages of implementation in the District within the last 12 months.
Leonardia assumed office as congressman of the Lone District of Bacolod on June 30 last year. The congressman, who was mayor of Bacolod for nine consecutive years before being elected to Congress, also announced that he will render a full report of his first 12 months in Congress next month.
Jinggoy’s turn today
Today is the day when another senator, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, will face the court and be asked for his plea to the charges against him. Ordinarily, respondents declare they are “Not Guilty”, and it is very seldom that one admits to being “Guilty”. However, in the case of his fellow senator, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, who had already been arraigned earlier, the accused refused to enter a plea, and the judge had to do it for him.
Reports say that Senator Estrada will probably take a cue from his friend and fellow accused and also refuse to enter a plea. If that happens, the judge may again take the initiative and enter a “Not guilty” plea for him. That means it is assumed that he is not guilty, and it is up to the prosecutors to prove that he is. I understand another one to be arraigned today is the star of the show, Janet Lim Napoles, and one can only guess what antics she will adopt this time. Will she do what she did before the Senate, answering almost every question with an inhibition? The judge will surely not stand for that..
3 get life for drugs
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Three drug personalities arrested in anti-illegal drugs operations last year, were convicted Friday and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Regional Trial Court after they were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of selling and possession of prohibited drugs.
Sentenced life imprisonment and to pay fines of P500,000 each are Peter Roland Romano, Remedios Sandoval, and Clarton Campoy.
RTC Branch 30 presiding judge Crescencio Tan Jr., said that, based on the evidences presented, the prosecution was able to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt of selling shabu in violation of Section 5 of Republic Act No. 9165.