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Negros Opinion

Wang Canfa

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There are those who claim to be environmental lawyers and then there is Wang Canfa who claims nothing but fairness for victims of environmental tyranny. One of the recipients of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards is Chinese lawyer Wang Canfa, honored for upholding the rights of the poor against companies that devastate the environment. He is the founder of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, which gives free legal advice. Wang Canfa seems to be driven by a keen understanding of how pollution leads to loss of property and livelihood. This connection is extremely important, and I will go back to this later in the column.

Established in 1998, CLAPV is part of the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Its primary goal is to nudge government to enforce environmental laws (sounds terribly familiar). Wang Canfa said, "China has many laws and regulations regarding the environment, but the situation just gets worse because they are often not implemented." Wang Canfa is the perfect Magsaysay awardee then, for by his recognition we are reminded that the Philippine government has failed to enforce our primary environmental law, Republic Act 9003. Both former president Gloria Arroyo and current president Benigno Simeon Aquino are equally to blame.

A Manifesto For Constitutional Authoritarianism

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It was rumored that there was a gathering of astute political analysts, some military generals, tycoons, industrialists, men of exceptional power and wealth whose business conglomerates and empires extend across the nation. In that secret meeting it was alleged that all of them were preoccupied with one vision - their hearts and their minds were engrossed in their yearning desire for continued economic prominence and political supremacy by tinkering with the constitution.

Kudos for PHL Gilas Team

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella is congratulating the Philippine Gilas Basketball Team for their excellent showing at the FIBA Basketball competition in Seville, Spain.

Intermittent Signal While Traversing Mts.

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Just a reminder to cellphone users who will be traveling by land to some distant and mountainous areas.

To make sure you continue to have signal most of the time, switch your cellphone’s network setting to dual mode before your trip.

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While on a bus to San Carlos City a few weeks ago, some co-passengers were complaining they had no signal in certain areas, while others on the same cellphone network said they had.

No Signal on Travel

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Just a reminder to cellphone users who will be traveling by land to some distant and mountainous areas.

To make sure you continue to have signal most of the time, switch your cellphone’s network setting to dual mode before your trip.

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While on a bus to San Carlos City a few weeks ago, some co-passengers were complaining they had no signal in certain areas, while others on the same cellphone network said they had.

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