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Negrense solons split on death penalty



Thursday, March 2, 2017
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

LAWMAKERS in Negros Occidental are divided on the proposed restoration of death penalty. On Wednesday, majority members of the House of Representatives approved on second reading the proposed measure to impose capital punishment on drug-related offenses in the country.

Some of the Negrense legislators who voted “yes” were Representatives Melecio Yap Jr. (First District) and Alfredo Benitez (Third District) while against the measure was Juliet Ferrer (Fourth District).

Guv wishes more blessings for Negros



Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By TERESA D. ELLERA

NEGROS Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who turns 81 today, said he wishes for more blessings and protection from harm for the province.



NEGROS. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. (left), who celebrates his 81st birthday today, is among the well-wishers of Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, who turns 50 on Tuesday, during the celebration at Victorias City Coliseum. (Carla Cañet)

“This is a day of Thanksgiving. I cannot overemphasize the great joy over the wonderful surprises that the Lord had given me all these years: the gift of life, the gift of family, and the gift to be of service to my fellow Negrenses,” the governor said.

Silaynons cook from the heart



Monday, November 07, 2016
By CARLA N. CAÑET

FOOD is best cooked from the heart and best shared with loved ones and company of friends.

The "1st ‘Kaon Ta!’...Silay Food Festival" held Saturday, during the commemoration of Cinco de Noviembre, at Balay Negrense in Silay City was organized by the city government, through the Office of the City Mayor, Tourism Office and Gaston family.



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Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez said the food festival was held in cooperation with the community.

Benitez optimistic House hearing will answer issues on NIR



Saturday, October 29, 2016
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez is optimistic the House committee hearing on November 8 will answer the contentious issues regarding the Negros Island Region (NIR).


He said the Special Committee on Visayas Development, a newly-formed committee in the 17th Congress, will invite the directors of regional line agencies to discuss the status of NIR.

Benitez underscores convergence at irrigation project consultation



Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By ERWIN P. NICAVERA

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez has underscored the importance of convergence for the smooth planning and implementation of the Malogo River Irrigation Project.

Benitez, who joined the public scoping session for the said project in Silay City last Friday, said that aside from planning and implementation stages, cooperation and synergy by all participating stakeholders is also vital in anticipating developments that can affect the project.

Benitez pours in P3.6B worth of projects in last three years



Friday, October 14, 2016
MARCHEL P. ESPINA

SILAY CITY – NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez poured in P3.637 billion worth of projects in his district in the last three years.

The bulk of the budget went to infrastructure projects in the district at P3.540 billion, including P917.999 million in 2014, P945.220 million in 2015, and P1.677 billion for 2016, Benitez said during his State of the District Report, Thursday, at the Silay City Civic Center.

Benitez: Nothing political in NIR issue



Friday, October 14, 2016
MARCHEL P. ESPINA

SILAY CITY – Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said Thursday the looming dissolution of Negros Island Region (NIR) has nothing to do with politics.

“I don’t think it’s political, it’s more on the (proposed) federalism,” the lawmaker said, adding that he doesn’t think the administration is testing the loyalty of the elected officials here.

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