San Sebastian CathedralThe Team Patay, Team Buhay  tarpaulin, remains  on the right side of the San Sebastian Cathedral facade to this day* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Bacolod Diocese wins
Team Patay case at SC

The Supreme Court by a vote of 9-5 yesterday ruled that the Commission on Elections order for the Diocese of Bacolod to remove its Team Patay, Team Buhay tarpaulin in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City during the 2013 elections was unconstitutional.

The names of senatorial candidates who favored the reproductive health law were listed under "Team Patay (Team Death)," while the names of those who opposed the law were listed under "Team Buhay (Team Life)" on the tarpaulin, which the Comelec considered an oversized campaign material.

In its en banc session, however, the SC ruled that the Comelec violated the church's right to free speech, expression, and property by ordering the removal of the tarpaulin.moremoremore

SK polls will be
postponed: Benitez


Representatives of both Houses of Congress yesterday agreed to postpone the February 21 Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October 2016 to give time to amend the SK law, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said.

Present at the lunch meeting on the issue were Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Rep.Pedro AcharonJr.(South Cotabato, 1st District), who chair the committees on Local Government in the Senate and Lower House respectively, Benitez said.

Late last year, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a measure postponing the SK elections to Oct. 31, 2016 to synchronize it with the barangay polls. moremoremore

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SP special session Friday,
MCH drivers hold strike


Drivers of motorcycles-for-hire, or MCHs, resumed operations late yesterday after several hours of a strike to protest the reduction in fare rate by as low as two pesos, imposed by the Dumaguete City government, after the rollback in fuel prices.

For almost 12 hours, majority of the city’s 2,500 MCH units, pedicabs and tricycles, both roving on and in assigned route status, stayed put as drivers demonstrated their opposition to the fare reduction.

The transport group strike led by the ND Motor Piston, inconvenienced people, especially students and workers..moremoremore