Sunstar Bacolod

Unega convention proposed




Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Teresa D. Ellera

NEGROS Occidental Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao said on Tuesday, July 11, that party members are proposing that the United Negros Alliance (Unega) hold a convention to set their plans and agenda for the 2019 elections.

“This will be a fellowship among Unega members because we have been talking to each other but we haven’t met as a group,” he said.

Unega is chaired by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his third and final term.

Gatuslao said Unega members are united although they do not belong to the same national party.

He added that since Marañon is already on his last term, their ultimate goal is to unify Negros like what it used to be.

The board member also hinted that an alliance with rival party Love Negros is possible before end of the year.

Gatuslao added that Unega has already pledged support to Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez’s future political plans.

Benitez leads launching of ‘Tabang sa Kalisod’




By CARLA N. CAÑET
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

THIRD District Representative Alfredo Benitez on Monday, July 3, led the launching of the “Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance: Tabang sa Kalisod” program aimed to institutionalize burial assistance for the district’s less privileged residents.



BACOLOD. Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez (center) and Abang Lingkod partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano (3rd from left) with (from left) Mayors Andrew Montelibano of Murcia, Neil Lizares of Talisay City, Francis Frederick Palanca of Victorias City, Mark Andrew Golez of Silay City, and Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona show the memorandum of agreement for the burial assistance program. (Carla N. Cañet)

In rites held at Nature’s Village Hotel in Talisay City, Benitez signed a memorandum of agreement with Talisay Mayor Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares III Lizares, Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, E.B. Magalona Mayor Marlon Malacon, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano to formalize the implementation.

3rd District mayors support Benitez for guv




By TERESA D. ELLERA
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

ALL five mayors in the Third District of Negros Occidental are pushing for Representative Alfredo Benitez to be the successor of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in 2019.

The endorsement was made on Monday, July 3, by Talisay Mayor Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares III Lizares, Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, E.B. Magalona Mayor Marlon Malacon, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano during a press conference at Nature's Village Hotel in Talisay.

Twin wins for EBM in Albee Cup semis




Monday, June 26, 2017

TOP-RANKED Talisay City beat host Victorias City, 25-11; 27-25 and Murcia did the same in three sets over Victorias distaff side on Saturday, June 24, in the semifinals of Albee Cup volleyball tournament.

E.B. Magalona proved steadier as its men’s squad mauled Murcia, 17-25; 25-19; 25-17 and its women’s side stopped Silay City, 25-11; 25-19 to figure in the championship in both categories.

Escalante says Unega to support plans of Benitez




Teresa D. Ellera
Thursday, June 15, 2017

SECOND District Board Member Salvador Escalante said Wednesday, June 14, that the United Negros Alliance (Unega) will support the future political plans of Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.

This, after Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. assured support for Benitez if he will run either for senator or governor in the 2019 elections, said Escalante, secretary-general of Unega.

Sugar leaders: Sweetener tax cut snub a ‘big blow’




By Marchel P. Espina/Teresa D. Ellera
Friday, June 2, 2017

SUGAR leaders in Negros Occidental lamented the lawmakers’ snub of their bid to lower the excise tax on sweetened beverages to minimize its effects to the industry.

Sugar Alliance of the Philippines spokesperson Emilio Yulo III on Thursday, June 1, said the recent passage of the tax reform program in the House of Representatives, which included the excise tax on fuel and sugar sweetened beverage, without consideration to amendments proposed by Visayan legislators is another “big blow” to the sugar industry.

3rd Albee Cup Kicks Off




Saturday, May 27, 2017

ELECTED officials of the Third District of Negros Occidental, including mayors, vice mayors, councilors, barangay captains and councilmen will see action starting in the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest which Saturday, May 27 at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center in Silay City.

Congressman Alfredo Benitez, seeing the opportunity to foster stronger camaraderie among public officials in his District and at the same time, promote physical fitness and well-being, launched the sportsfest in 2014. This year’s theme is “ Upod sa hampang, sinadya kag ASENSO sa Metro 3rd”.

NegOcc Provincial Board backs sugar excise tax reduction bid




Thursday, May 25, 2017
By ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Board urged lawmakers in the House of Representatives to reduce the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages and similar products to prevent adverse effects to the sugar industry.

The move was made through a resolution proposed on mass motion and was approved during the Provincial Board’s regular session Wednesday, May 24.

Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of committee on laws, rules and ordinances, said this is in support of the efforts of congressmen under the Visayan Bloc asking for a lower excise tax on sugar sweetened commodities.

Pages