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Luzon newsbits for May 4, 2014

Sex Tourism

Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo has called on authorities to act on the increasing sex tourism in Palawan, one of the country’s alternative summer destinations. “As much as possible, especially here in Palawan where ecotourism is very popular, let’s keep tourism wholesome, healthy and clean,” Arigo said in a CBCP News Post. According to the prelate, Palawan faces an increasingly serious child exploitation and sex tourism problem. He then called on the authorities to be more vigilant and address the growing problem. adding this is not a problem in Palawan only, but in the whole country as well. “Let’s keep eco-tourism as what it is and not by adding immoral and malice practices,” Arigo said. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)

 

Sorsogon clash

Soldiers clashed with suspected communist rebels in Magallanes town of Sorsogon, killing one of them who turned out to be a top official of the New People’s Army in Bicol. Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, commander of the 903rd Brigade based in Bicol, said the death of Recto Golimlim was only confirmed when his cadaver was recovered in Barangay Lapinig of the same town, a day after the firefight on April 27. “ (Aaron Recuenco)

 

Eco dev’t

BANGUED, Abra — Abra, dubbed for years as “killing field” due to unsolved, daring political killings and the presence of political warlords whose clout in power depended on their goons, guns and gold, is now gearing for economic development and progress. “These war lords or political leaders who used to be maintaining goons, guns and gold to keep themselves in power have now been resorting to economic development and progress and had relinquished their guns, goons and gold already,” said Sr. Supt. Benjamin Lusad. (Mar Supnad)