FINALISTS. MassKara Queen 2014 candidates Cate Antoinette Pirote,  Raxel Ann Gonzales and Riah Angelica De Ocampo (l-r) were chosen the top three finalists during the MassKara Queen Festival Costume Competition at Robinson’s Place Bacolod yesterday.*(Andy Alvarez photo)

No House okay yet
for CARP extension

The House of Representatives has yet to deliberate on its counterpart bill to the one just approved by the Senate allowing the Department of Agrarian Reform to continue issuing Notices of Coverage and accepting voluntary offers to sell by landowners of agricultural lands until June 30, 2016.

Abang Lingkod Partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano said yesterday that Senate Bill No. 2278 can only become a law after it is reconciled with its House version and signed by the president.

Paduano said the House version of SB 2278 has yet to be placed on the agenda of the Committee on Agrarian Reform where there is a pending bill, not for the extension of land acquisition, but for the creation of a committee to investigate the circumvention of the CARP implementation..moremoremore

Cop, partner face
raps for ‘carnapping’

Carnapping charges were filed yesterday against a policeman, his live-in partner, and her companion for the alleged theft of the motorcycle of a police trainee in Bacolod City, last week.

Police Officer 1 Wenefredo Casuyod, his partner Grace Teruel, 24, both of Brgy. 40 and Mylene Simson, 19, of Brgy. Banago, all in Bacolod, were charged before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, Insp. Stephen Boniba, Station 2 chief, said.

Boniba said complainant Police Officer 1 Raffy Gregorio of Brgy. 16 in Bacolod, parked the red Honda XRM motorcycle, that he had borrowed from his friend, whose name was not disclosed, beside the Police Station 2 at 19th-Lacson streets on September 9, 2014. moremoremore

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Martial law ‘victims’
file claims application


More than 200 flocked to the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City to file and process claims for benefits for victims of martial law.

A team from the Human Rights Claims Board arrived in Dumaguete Wednesday for the three-day processing until today, as part of the six-month campaign for claims of victims of abuse during the martial law years.

Glenda Litong of the Claims Board said that due to limited time and personnel, they can only accept the applications of an average 150 claimants each day. moremoremore