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Luzon newsbits for March 30, 2014

Piety In Jail 

City Of San Fernando, Pampanga — In its bid to help inmates gain moral and spiritual direction, the Pampanga Provincial Jail (PPJ) opened its doors to religious organizations. Provincial Jail Warden Edwin Mangiliman said he has established a prayer room in the facility, a place where religious groups can do their prayer service and fellowship. Faith and prayers give the inmates the peace of mind despite their incarceration, said Mangiliman. Inmates from all religious denominations are free to profess their faith. (Franco G. Regala)

 

No Case

BALANGA CITY, Bataan — The Court of Appeals (CA) reversed an Ombudsman’s decision to file charges against Bataan provincial officials in relation to the purchase of patrol boats for “lack of substantial evidence.” Exonerated in the case were Emerlinda S. Talento, provincial treasurer; Enrico Yuzon, provincial engineer; Imelda Nieto, provincial agriculturist; Godofredo de Guzman, provincial environment officer; Ludivina Banzon, provincial planning and development officer; Alice Magpantay, provincial accountant; and Franciso Caparas, of the Treasurer’s Office.  The case against other officials who have retired from service was also dismissed. (Mar T. Supnad)

 

Ilocano Muslims

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte — A Muslim community leader here said the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will seal the long-time aim of peace and development in Mindanao. Haji Akmad Aduma, president of the Ilocos Norte Muslim Association, expressed hope that the rules and provisions of the agreement will be properly implemented to attain true peace and progress in Mindanao. He said the reason why many Muslims like him had migrated to other parts of the country is because of the volatility of the peace and security situation in Mindanao. (Freddie G. Lazaro)