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Albee to Focus on Negros Political Unity

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 05:06



on Mon, 05/18/2017 by Eugene Y.Adiong

Negros Occidental needs to be united it is “so we will have a better chance, “ Rep. Alfredo Benitez said here.


“If the province is not united it is hard to seek national positions,” Benitez said.

Benitez said that “nothing is impossible if sit down and talk.”

“If we can’t unite we have to re-evaluate our chances,” he pointed.

Earlier, Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr had endorsed Benitez to take over Capitol after his term ends in 2019.

The governors statement runs contrary to his previous declarations he wants the congressman to run as senator.

Benitez reiterated that his options when his term ends “is to run for senator, for governor or take a rest from politics.”

“Let us help each other. Let us have a province united 100% to support a candidate for the Senate,” he said.

Pressed if he decides to run for governor he make incumbent Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, he said “its too early to talk about line-ups.”

“This talks of politics two years before the elections us unusual”, the congressman said.

Benitez also expressed his appreciation to the support of businesman Marlon Maranon, head of Angat Pilipinas for his possible senatorial bid.*(Eugene Y.Adiong)

 

 

‘Partial Victory For Sugar Industry’

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 06:04



on Wed, 05/17/2017 By Eugene Y. Adiong

The sugar industry has scored a partial victory with the withdrawal of beverage giant Coca Cola-FEMSA of the injunction case it filed against key government officials, Atty. Emilio Yulo, spokesperson of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines said yesterday.

Yulo said for now there is no threat to the constitutionality of sugar order no.3 Atty. Mark Kok representative of Coke during yesterday’s inquiry on the importation of high fructose corn syrup of the House Committee on Agriculture said that the company has already ordered its lawyers to withdraw the case in the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

“We want a more definitive action for the industry,” Yulo said. He expressed optimism that sugar prices for the next crop year will improve from the current P1200. This is a confidence building measure in our search for a win-win solution, Yulo pointed out. He also expressed support for proposals to impose excise tax on imported HFCS.

Sultan Kudarat Rep. Horacio Suansing Jr.(2nd dist) and his wife Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing (1st dist) will propose a bill to levy excise tax on the importation of HFCS.

Suansing said that his proposal will help the sugar industry. I will still consult with the various government agencies, he said. Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd dist) said he hopes that Coke will follow what it verbalize during the Senate and House hearings.*(Eugene Y. Adiong)

 

More growth areas eyed

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 20:19



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.

“What we are trying to do now is to open new growth areas to ensure that the progress in the city is seen,” Gasataya said.

Out of 145 cities around the country, Bacolod City was named the Top Model City by the Manila Times.

He reported that the ongoing civil work for the construction of the 21.8-kilometer New Bacolod Economic Highway (Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road ll) in PurokProgreso, Barangay Sum-agis one of the projects that will help realize this plan.

Aside from this, he also added that they will also address basic problems on drainage and traffic in order to improve the condition of the people of Bacolod.

“We are working right now on maintaining sustainable programs implemented as well as to improve it further,” the congressman said, adding “these projects are for the people.”

In line with this plan, he and Rep. Albee Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) are now waiting for the result of the feasibility study of the Department of Public Works and Highways to further the proposed bill of creating a coastal road from Bacolod going to E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.*MLG

North Negros Brigada Kicks-off Today

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 07:48



on Mon, 05/15/2017

Negros Occ. Third District Rep. Alfredo B. Benitez and Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares will grace the launching of the Brigada 2017 Eskwela at Inocencio V. Ferrer Memorial School of Fisheries, Talisay City, today, May 15.

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.

The activity carries the theme “lsang DepEd, lsang Pamayanan, lsang Bayanihan para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan”.

Sanchez said that it is a week-long event where the whole community come together to contribute their time, efforts, and resources in ensuring that the school is ready for the opening of classes.

The activity involves minor to medium repairs and maintenance work in the school, Sanchez said.

“It also includes cleaning, repainting and beautification of classrooms, school buildings and surrounding areas and requires a great number of manpower to accomplish these tasks.”

The activity will also be attended by Talisay City Vice Mayor Samuel Siote, DepEd NIR Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad, Assistant Schools Superintendent Gladys Sales, school principal Dency Grace Padilllon and other DepEd Officials.* (JCM/Lljr-PIA6)

 

IN TALISAY, North Negros Brigada to kick off Monday

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 11:10



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.

He said it is a week-long event where the community comes together to contribute time, effort, and resources in ensuring that the school is ready for the opening of classes.
The activity involves minor to medium repairs and maintenance work in the school, cleaning, repainting and beautification of classrooms, school buildings and surrounding areas, and a great number of manpower is required to accomplish these tasks, he added.

The activity will also be attended by Talisay City Vice Mayor Samuel Siote, Department of Education Negros Island Region director Gilbert Sadsad, assistant schools superintendent Gladys Sales, principal Dency Grace Padillon, and other DepEd officials.

The Lopez Jaena National High School in Murcia, Negros Occidental, will also support the nationwide Brigada Eskwela 2017, from May 15-20, its press release said.

“Brigada Eskwela is a big factor for assuring our learners in a child-friendly school and the best learning environment for them to excel in their various fields”, principal Benjie Magada said.
Activities include minor repairs in every classroom like damaged blackboards, broken jalousies, cabinets and door, and orientation of students and parents regarding disaster preparedness.
“We are inviting our LJNHS alumni as well as the parents and nearby community to take part in this upcoming activity. We will make Lopez Jaena NHS a best school for every learner,” Magada said.*

ALBEE MAY SEEK SENATE SEAT – BONG

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:19



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga on May 9, 2017

The administration Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has reserved a slot in its 2019 senatorial lineup for 3rd District Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson yesterday said.

Lacson, a stalwart of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and one of the leaders of local political bloc Love Negros, made the revelation when Capitol pressed him for a reaction to a possible gubernatorial matchup against Benitez in 2019.

The offer was relayed to Benitez by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez when the latter passed by Bacolod with other congressmen who inspected the country’s maritime highway, he said.
Obviously he (Benitez) has many options for 2019, Lacson explained.

The Vice Governor, who is on his second term and is allowed one more re-election bid, has been frequently asked about his political plans as Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. is barred from seeking another term.

“We have not really sat down and discussed our political plans as a group. It is too early to announce political plans,” he pointed out.

I have not yet made any decision on what I will do in 2019, Lacson said.
“That decision will be next year,” he said./WDJ

Albee going for senator?

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:43



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.”

Benitez, when asked if he would run for the Senate under the administration party, said “It was only mentioned by the speaker. I will double check with him first.”

Lacson said Benitez is on his last term as congressman and has many options for 2019. They have not sat down to discuss plans for the next election, he added.

Lacson is also seen as a likely gubernatorial candidate for 2019.

“It is too early to announce definite plans for 2019, I have not made any decision on what I will do, that decision will come next year,” he said.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is also on his third and last term as governor, has designatedLacson acting governor this week while he leads a Negros trade mission in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Lacson said he only received the executive order designating him acting governor,Marañon did not give him any specific instructions for the week.

There is no need to designate an acting vice governor since the governor will only be gone for a short period, Lacson said.

The provincial boardmembers will elect among themselves who will be presiding officer for the SangguniangPanlalawigan regular session tomorrow, Lacson said.*CPG

Benitez has senate slot in Duterte’s party

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29




Tuesday, May 09, 2017
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez was given a slot by the party of President Rodrigo Duterte should he decide to run for senator in the 2019 elections.

This was revealed Tuesday, May 9 by Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who said it was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary-general of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, who offered the senate slot to Benitez.

With this development, Lacson said that Benitez will have many options on what to do in 2019.

He said it’s up to the lawmaker to decide what he wants to do in the next elections, but added that “we have not really sat down and discuss 2019.”

Benitez, who is on his third and final term, has been urged by Negrenses especially Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to seek a senatorial seat.

Benitez had earlier said that he has yet to finalize his political plans, though he admitted he is also being urged to run for governor.

Marañon heads the United Negros Alliance while rival party Love Negros is headed by Benitez and Lacson.

Lacson, asked if he will run for governor in the next election, said that he has not made a decision yet.

“That decision will come next year,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lacson is acting governor of the province from May 8 to 12 as Marañon is out of the country for a business trip.

‘PDP Reserves Senatorial Slot for Albee’

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 07:18



by Eugene Adiong on Mon, 05/8/2017

The administration Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has reserved a slot in its 2019 senatorial line up for Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd district), acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said.

Lacson made the revelation when Capitol pressed him for a reaction to a possible match-up against Benitez in 2019.

The offer was relayed to Benitez by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez when the latter passed by Bacolod City with other congressmen who inspected the country’s maritime highway, he said.

Obviously, he has many options for 2019, Lacson said.

The Vice Governor, who is on his second term, has been continuously been asked about his political plans with incumbent Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. already on his last term.

“We have not really sat down and discussed our political plans as a group. It is too early to announce political plans,” the Vice Governor who is acting governor, said.

“I have not yet made any decision on what I will do in 2019,” Lacson said.

“That decision will be next year,” he said.*

 

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