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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, December 13, 2012
Negros Oriental
ButtonDumaguete-based marine biologist leads awardees
ButtonMotorcyclist charged for illegal gun
Clan leader pleads not guilty to massacre
Global anger as N. Korea fires rocket

Dumaguete-based marine
biologist leads awardees

Eleven environment advocates, including Dumaguete City-based and former Environment Secretary Angel Alcala, were honored in yesterday’s recognition rites of the DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and the Foundation for the Philippine Environment in line with the 25th anniversary celebration of PAWB in Manila yesterday.

Alcala, a columnist of the DAILY STAR, led awardees Liza Paguntalan, Danilo Balete, Victor Amoroso, Ulysses Ferreras, Philip Godfrey Jakosalem, Mariano Duya, Maria Josefa Veluz, Rafe Brown, Perry Ong and Arvin Diesmos in receiving their awards for discovering and helping identify various flora and fauna species in the country, including endemic ones, for the past 25 years.

“Their dedication to science and conservation is commendable," FPE board of trustees treasurer Vilma Joson said during the event, a government press release said.

charged for illegal gun


A motorcyclist was arrested by the Dumaguete City police and charged for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and drugs, in Barangay Pulang-tubig, Dumaguete, recently.

Larry Liteo Palomar, 33, of Mayaposi, Mabinay, Negros Oriental, was nabbed at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday for evading the checkpoint at corner Larena Drive and Rovira Road in Pulangtubig, Dumaguete.

When frisked, he was found with a .38 caliber snub-nosed pistol Smith and Wesson, with serial no. 42203, four live ammunition, a black holster, a white Nokia cellular phone, a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu and a disposable lighter.

Clan leader pleads not
guilty to massacre

MANILA – A politician accused of helping plan the country's worst political massacre pleaded not guilty yesterday to organizing the murder of at least 57 victims, a court official said.

Zaldy Ampatuan, allegedly a key plotter of the 2009 attack in the country's south, entered a plea after the court struck down months of maneuvers challenging the legality of his arrest, said court officer May Datuon.

"He has exhausted all the remedies," Datuon said.

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