Issue of March 26, 2017
     
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City to benefit if Yamashita treasure is found
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

A determined Baguio resident, convinced to explore the fabled Yamashita treasure, secured a permit from the National Museum to excavate an alleged six truckloads of gold bars believed to be within the vicinity of the Baguio Convention Center and the University of the Philippines, a location pinpointed by a veteran Japanese soldier who claimed to have participated in burying the precious metal.

Despite the ban on treasure hunting as embodied in the Environmental Code of Baguio, the city council approved the request of the hunter to retrieve the hidden wealth with a performance cash bond posted.

This could become a precedent in violating environmental laws, but so be it, as the city could greatly benefit from the gold recovery, and as long as proper restoration is done right after the excavation.

In the event that gold is found, the city should then use its 35 percent share of the treasure to aggressively address the environmental concerns of Baguio in suppressing air, water and ground pollution, managing wastes efficiently, easing traffic and human congestion, enforcing appropriate zoning schemes, regreening and controlling erosion in degraded areas, subduing acts of ignominy and enhancing self-discipline and civic mindedness in ecological conservation since people are the vital part of the environment and are the stewards of the ecosystem that sustains life.

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:: An orphan’s voice to the Death Penalty Bill
This is a rejoinder to a letter sent by a writer with initials KB entitled "Disappointing Vote," which was published in the March 19 issue of your prestigious newspaper.
 

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