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PMA Entrance Exams Set August 3

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Maj. Ray Tiongson, chief, Public Affairs Office, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army announces the entrance examination schedule for those interested to join the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the elite school for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

For Panay and Negros Islands, Tiongson said, the examination is set on August 3, 2014.

Governor Slams SOPA

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Reacting on the State of the People’s Address (SOPA) of some militant groups simultaneous to the SONA of PNoy, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said, whatever the government does for the people, the militant and cause- oriented groups will still condemn because they believe they are the only right people, and the government is bad.

SONA rallyists bear the heavy downpour during their protest rally Monday afternoon.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Reactions: What They Liked, and Missed in PNoy’s Speech

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The Chief Justice was serene when asked about the chief executive’s statements critical of the court; the Vice President had unsolicited advice for his boss; and a former president said the SONA lacked the kind of vision that went into building a nation over the long term.

OUR VERY OWN Negrense filmmaker Jay Abello receives a Certificate of Recognition in his Exceptional Accomplishments in the Field of Cinema. Given by Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue & Mr. Alan S. Gensoli.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Still, most lawmakers allied with the President were expectedly supportive of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Senate President Franklin Drilon said President Aquino has put a face to the progress achieved by the administration on policies enforced, and economic gains.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, asked in an ambush interview how she felt about the President Aquino’s recent statements seemingly castigating the Supreme Court after its 13-0 ruling that deemed unconstitutional his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Her reply: "You can’t have an emotional court. ....we have professional duties."

Vice President Jejomar Binay, singled out by Mr. Aquino as "someone who knows what we’ve been through," was asked what he thought of the President’s reference to the 2016 polls, where Aquino said people must elect someone who will doubtless be committed to continue the reforms he began.

Army: ‘Kangaroo Court Incompetent to Decide’

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The Kangaroo Court, which is the alleged justice system of the CPP-NPA-NDF is not competent to decide cases because it does not give opportunity to the suspect to be heard or defend himself but just kill after telling him of his flaws.

Thus said Col John Aying, commanding officer, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army during the army hour program in a Bacolod radio station yesterday. He said, this group just kill anyone whom they suspect traitor to their organization; usually the victim is innocent and armless, and completely disregard human rights.

Metro Negros Coastal, Marine Resource Management Agreement Looms

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Considering that the Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod is empowered to protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment, such as dynamite fishing, and other forms of destructive fishing, illegal logging and smuggling of logs, smuggling of natural resources,products of endangered species of flora and fauna, and other activities which result in pollution, acceleration of eutrophication of rivers and lakes, or of ecological imbalance, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod


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