DieselThe 18.9 megawatt diesel power plant of Energreen in Brgy. Calumanggan, Bago City that  is  nearing completion.* (Archie Alipalo photos)

No to demolition
vote called abuse of power

Church and environment groups, and Netizens on social network sites, yesterday slammed members of the Protected Area Management Board who voted 34-11 against the demolition of illegal structures in the multiple use zone of the Northern Negros Natural Park protected area.

Mayors Andrew Montelibano of Murcia, Jose Max Ortiz of Salvador Benedicto, Gerardo Valmayor of San Carlos, Jose Montelibano – Silay, Eric Saratan – Talisay, and Araceli Somosa – Calatrava, barangay captains, and representatives of indigenous people voted against the demolition at a PAMB meeting at the Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City Tuesday.

Ortiz said yesterday that he is prepared to engage anyone, anywhere in a public debate on their position against the demolition, that he said is not in violation of the law, citing the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.moremoremore

VG for seeking
of Paje review

The decision of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to elevate the decision of the Protected Area Management Board to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, got the support of Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday.

“I think that is a logical move”, Lacson said.

The PAMB by a vote of 34-11 Tuesday voted against the demolition of illegal structures in the multiple use zone of the Northern Negros Natural Park Protected Area.

Lacson said any resolution of PAMB is subject to review by the DENR. moremoremore

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“If you cannot do your things right, you’d better go out of that assignment, go back to basics, and study your lessons well because government is spending lots of money so you become police officers.”

That was what Commission on Human Rights field investigator, Jess Canete said on learning that a retired division supervisor of the Department of Education, a well-known individual in Tanjay City, was arrested Friday in Sibulan, Negros Oriental after being mistaken for priest-turned-rebel Frank Fernandez, tagged as the Number 1 NPA in Negros Island.

Constantino Saga, 70, and his wife Necita, 75, also a retired teacher, of Legaspi Street in Tanjay City, were on a Ceres bus from Dumaguete to Tanjay when it was flagged down by a patrol car near the Magsaysay Elementary School in Sibulan at 12:30 p.m. Friday.