The Visayan Daily Star

Tight Rope: Early politicking



TIGHT ROPE WITH MODESTO P. SA-ONOY
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It is often said that the early bird catches the worm. What is not asked is what happened to the worm for being early. It is truly said that advice of this nature often do not see the other side.

Politicians are learning to see the two sides of this early-bird, early worm syndrome. So now while most people are concerned about their daily lives, politicians and their propagandists are busy with politicking. The early worm got picked, beaten with hammer and tongs in nightly radio commentaries.

The only one so far left practically untouched by negative comment is Rep. Alfredo Benitez. He is being floated to be a candidate for senator in 2019. He admitted that he is offered a slate in the present administration's senatorial ticket and is inclined to accept. Governor Alfredo Marañon immediately expressed his support.

SAP calls for excise tax exemption



BY CARLA GOMEZ
Monday, May 22, 2017

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines is strongly opposing the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages as it will further bring the sugar industry down and is calling for a 5 to 6-year exemption at least, its spokesperson, Emilio Yulo III, said yesterday.

The Visayan Bloc is set to file an amendment to the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages today, which, if not amended could cause the sugar industry losses estimated of P7.8 billion annually, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) told the DAILY STAR Friday.

I'll consult guv on 2019 plan: Albee



BY CARLA GOMEZ
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will be one of those he will consult for whatever plans he may have for 2019.

“He will be my guiding light”, he said.

Benitez was reacting to the statement of Marañon that he will support the solon for whatever post he runs for in the 2019 polls, especially for senator.

Visayan bloc moves to cut P7.8B loss



BY CARLA GOMEZ
Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Visayan Bloc is set to file an amendment to the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages Monday, which, if not amended could cause the sugar industry losses estimated at P7.8 billion annually, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said yesterday.

He said he is working on getting all the members of the Visayan bloc to jointly file the amendment as Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has given them until Monday to fine tune the measure.

Burial aid institutionalized



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Another first in the area of service delivery for the benefit of indigent families of the Third District of Negros Occidental will soon be launched.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) who during his first term of office in 2010 has been initiating ways and means to institutionalize and maximize delivery of basic services to constituents, has been planning with local executives in his District to improve implementation of funeral and burial assistance to poor families.

Guv to back united front for Benitez



BY CARLA GOMEZ
Friday, May 19, 2017

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) in whatever post he runs for in the 2019 polls, especially for senator.

The governor was reacting to the statement of Benitez that the unity of the two local political parties in Negros Occidental will be a determining factor in his decision on whether to run for senator in the 2019.

United Neg. Occ. Vital to senate bid: Benitez



BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Thusday, May 18, 2017

MANILA- The unity of two local political parties in Negros Occidental is now a determining factor for Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) to decide on whether to run or not for senator in the 2019 elections.

Benitez, who confirmed his inclusion in the PDP-Laban senatorial slate in the 2019 elections as publicly announced by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, said, “The province shall be united so that we will have a better chance”.

More growth areas eyed



BY MARK GARCIA
Monday, May 15, 2017

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya plans to open more economic growth areas in the city to complement the recent award of Bacolod as the Top Philippine Model City.

Gasataya said yesterday he together with Mayor Evelio Leonardia are working to implement the programs they promised.

IN TALISAY, North Negros Brigada to kick off Monday



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares will grace the launching of Brigada Eskwela 2017 at Inocencio V. Ferrer Memorial School of Fisheries in Talisay City on Monday, a government press release said.

Administrative officer Romeo Sanchez said the school will host the kick-off ceremony in the northern area of the province, to be participated in by all the Northern Negros Occidental area school representatives and stakeholders.

Albee going for senator?



on Tuesday, May 09, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Will Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez run for senator in 2019?

Benitez is currently on his third and last term as congressman of the third district of Negros Occidental.

His Love Negros ally, Acting Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, when asked if Benitez will run for governor of the province in 2019, said “I know for a fact that the congressman (Benitez) was given a slot for the Senate by no less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.”

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