Judges, court employees continue fight for ‘judicial independence’
By: Louine Hope Conserva
EMPLOYEES of the Iloilo Hall of Justice continued their fight to uphold judicial independence by wearing black on Monday.
Dubbed the Black Monday Protest, 90 percent of the judges and court employees wore black and red shirts as well as arm bands to silently protest moves that allegedly aim to undermine their independence from other branches of the government.
The black shirts were emblazoned with the words “Uphold and Defend Judicial Independence.”
The protest is the judiciary’s reaction to the “threatening pronouncement” of Pres. Benigno Aquino III against the Supreme Court for its ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
The protest started last June 14, the same day that the President delivered a nationally televised speech on the issue.
Domestic violence against women up
By: Louine Hope Conserva
DOMESTIC violence against women and children in Iloilo City increased in the first half of 2014 compared to last year.
Violence against women is categorized into physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuses.
According to data from the Women and Children Protection Desk of the Iloilo City Police Office, cases on violation of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children or VAWC Act of 2004) increased from 398 in the first six months of 2013 to 443 cases this year.
The ICPO recorded a total of 765 cases last year.
Majority of the violent cases happened in Jaro and Molo. No death was recorded by the police.
Provincial PUJs in city are colorums
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
PROVINCIAL public utility jeepneys (PUJs) that ply Iloilo City under the Comprehensive Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (CPBO) will be apprehended for being colorum vehicles.
This is the stand of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as to the revised rules on traffic violations.
In a meeting with local transport groups and City Councilor Plaridel Nava, transportation committee chairman, LTFRB regional director Romulo Bernardes said province-based PUJs entering the city could be fined P50,000 for violating their franchise.
Selected provincial jeepneys enter the city on authority of car passes issued by the city government under the CPBO.
But Bernardes said provincial jeepneys entering Iloilo City on car passes are operating as colorums because “they are taking an extra mile beyond their authorized routes in their franchises.”