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Keep courts independent,
PNoy, Sereno urge judges

President Benigno Aquino III and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno are calling on members of the Philippine Judges Association from around the country gathered in Bacolod City today, to continue to ensure an independent and accountable judiciary.

Sereno, who arrived in Bacolod yesterday, will be the keynote speaker at the plenary session of the PJA midterm convention and seminar at the L’Fisher Hotel this morning.

In her message sent to the PJA ahead of the convention, Sereno stressed the need for “a judiciary that transcends the whims of politics and finds its moorings solely on the Constitution that the people have ordained.”moremoremore

Guv eyeing libel
suit vs. Tabujara

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he has asked his lawyers to study the filing of libel charges against Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara for statements he made in his counter affidavit in the Judge Henry Arles murder case.

In his counter affidavit asking the Department of Justice to immediately dismiss the case filed against him, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. and Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez for the murder of the judge, Jerry Tabujara said the raps were politically motivated.

In it, Tabujara also claimed that the filing of the case was orchestrated by Philip Arles, Frank Britanico, Ferdinand Lavin of the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod Office, and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.moremoremore

VG wants inventory of sheep

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. yesterday said that he and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan want an inventory of the sheep purchased by the provincial government from Australia, following the death of 403 lambs.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena yesterday explained to Alvarez and other members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that 62 of the 403 dead sheep were covered with insurance, while some had been sold to be slaughtered, and majority were eaten by wild dogs.

The provincial government had purchased 5,760 sheep from Australia, and 108 cattle and 156 sheep from General Santos in Mindanao.moremoremore

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