The Negros Chronicle is a weekly publication published in Negros Oriental province, Philippines, vigilantly featuring the latest news updates around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental since 1973.
  PNOY signs 1-Negros Region. NEGROS ISLAND REGION is now a reality by virtue of Executive Order 183 signed by Pres Aquino on May 25, 2015. Photo above is the final encounter between officials of Negros Oriental and Occidental in Bayawan City, forging the new administrative region called “NIR” Negros Island Region.  
  JUNE 07, 2015 EDITION  

      BBL panel gets cold reception    

Like in most parts of the country the “rushing” of the passage of the BBL or theBangsamoro Basic Law has elicited cool reactions saying the proposed law needs to reflect the true sentiments of the Filipino nation, not just the Bangsamoro members.

Participants of the forum at the capitol convention center, to promote the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law took turns in underscoring their serious reservations on the necessity and practicability of passing such measure, which even the team of defenders sent by the Office of the President admit will not guarantee a sustainable peace in the region with the rising of BIFF and Abu Sayaff.

Commissioner Salem Meduna of the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos said that pursuant to the 1979 Tripoli Agreement 13 provinces compose the territory of the Bangsamoro: Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Zamboanga, Zamboanga Del Norte, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Davao Del Sur, South Cotabato and Palawan.

The speakers of the forum belonging to the National Peace Council, namely, Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jennifer Oreta, Floyd Gamino of the National Peace Council and Commissioner Denuma took pains to explain the need, strengths and main features of BBL amid a series of questions, comments and even suggestions to hold in abeyance Congress approval of the proposed law...



May 25, 2015 is a new date in the History of Negros Island , having been legalized thru Executive Order 183 as a new administrative region in the Philippines signed by President

For many it is a dream come true, having been advocated by our old past leaders notably the late Gov. Dodo Macias, and later his Occidental counterparts, and political disciples and followers whose concept of one Negros Island Region was born out of bureaucratic frustration from his equally energetic , yet more influential colleagues in Cebu and Bohol.

To put it the other way, Cebu and Bohol had more connections in the centers of powers so much so that when it came to national funding thru the Regional Development Council (RDC) they had the edge. Records will show that Negros Oriental had the least fund releases from the RDC, when it should have been just and equitable.



It is now about time when there ought to be a law requiring the translation of ALL LAWS and ordinances into major dialects of the land so that all people will KNOW and UNDERSTAND the law.

There is this “pretentious presumption” that the citizen is presumed to know the law. In fact there is a maxim that goes: “ignorance of the law excuses no one.” What a pretentious presumption!

Of course those who do not know the English language cannot be presumed to know the law. It is such a pretentious presumption for an illiterate to know the law. How can a non-English speaking Filipino native know the traffic rules, the local ordinances, the rights of women and children, or what Negros Island Region is all about if it is not translated into the dialect?

In fact in every arraignment in Court, the charges are read BOTH in English and Cebuano since most of the accused need it. This is the center of our underdevelopment: illiteracy, ignorance.

In other developed countries, they have a law mandating that all laws and ordinances of the land should be translated into the local dialect for all people and natives to know and understand. Funds are allocated for such purpose.

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