Author Archives: GERMELINA A. LACORTE

11 years ago

Streamlining of Eaga customs rules pushed

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By GERMELINA A. LACORTE | Davao Today

Officials said harmonizing customs procedures among the four countries in the Eaga will address the common complaints among investors and will make it easier for governments to monitor security threats in the region.

11 years ago

Military denounced for ‘lies’ on Grecil

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By GERMELINA A. LACORTE

Kabiba Foundation, a child advocate, said Brigadier General Carlos Holganza, chief of 1001st Infantry Brigade, was lying when he said that Grecil was killed by NPA fire. Its a big lie, the group said, citing testimonies that the soldiers had strafed and ransacked the girl’s house.

11 years ago

Court stops Davao law that bans aerial spraying

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By GERMELINA A. LACORTE

The Regional Trial Court suspended for three months the city ordinance that is supposed to take effect tomorrow, June 23. The Davao City residents who claimed to have been affected by the chemicals sprayed from the air by banana companies denounced the decision. Our agony will be prolonged, said one of them.

11 years ago

Big banana behind Davao bet’s defeat?

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Nenita Orcullo, who ran for councilor in the third district, angered Davao’s banana companies. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

By Germelina A. Lacorte |

Nenita Orcullo says because of her stand against the aerial spraying of pesticides, multinational banana companies launched a “massive campaign,” which included intimidating workers in banana plantations, to make sure that she would be defeated in the May 14 elections. Orcullo, who authored the law that will implement the ban this month, said what happened to her sends a strong message to the city’s officials that they, too, can be destroyed by the banana industry.

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