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Mayors back Albee for guv

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 17:33


Brother of Benitez eyed for  congressman in 3rd district 



BY CARLA GOMEZ
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The mayors of the third district of Negros Occidental and a partylist congressman yesterday said they will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) should he opt to run for governor in 2019.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his last term, had also said earlier he would support Benitez should he run for governor or senator in 2019. Both the governor and Benitez belong to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakasng Bayan party of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Benitez, however, said he is weighing all options.

He pointed out that House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez has announced that he would like him to be included in the senatorial line up for 2019.

Benitez wouldnot confirm if his brother Dr. Francisco Benitez, Philippine Women's University president, will run for the third congressional seat that he will vacate.

His brother is being considered but has yet to be convinced to go for the post.“Give him time to think about it first,” he said.

“But before anything else, the first consideration is if he is accepted by the people of the third district, it is not just because he carries the Benitez name,” the congressman said.

Benitez also said his son cannot run for congressman because he is under age.

The third district mayors and Rep. Stephen Paduano (AbangLingkod) aired their support for Benitez at a press conference at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City for the launching of the Asenso Metro 3 rd District Burial Assistance Program.

Victorias Mayor Francis Palanca said they are happy with the performance of Benitez as their representative in the third district, he would make a good governor for Negros Occidental.

Mayors Mark Golez of Silay City, Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona, Neil Lizares of Talisay and Andrew Montelibano of Murcia and his Vice Mayor Gerardo Rojas also said they will support Benitez for governor of Negros Occidental.

Paduano said he will support Benitez in whatever post he chooses to run for – be it senator or governor.

Benitez said the problem of Negros Occidental is more than we all think, “Some people are calling the sugarcane industry as the next tobacco industry, in otherwords, sort of a sunset industry.”

“So until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Benitez said he and Gov. Marañon have a lot in common in looking at programs needed by the province, citing the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program.

Benitez said he has not met with Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco who heads the Nationalist People's Coalition on Negros politics since he is now a member of PDP Laban.

He said the officials present at his presscon yesterday will be his mayoralty bets for 2019. He apparently was also referring to Murcia Vice mayor Gerry Rojas since Mayor Montelibano is on his third and last term.*CPG

 

99% chance no brgy polls in October

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 17:24



BY CARLA GOMEZ
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

There is a 99 percent chance that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October will be postponed, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) , said yesterday.

“The majority's sentiment in Congress is to have the elections postponed,”he said.

What needs to be deliberated on is the desire to appoint public officials, which is a little bit ticklish, Benitez said.

“Personally I feel that is better that we have holdover barangay officials,” he added.

The Senate also does not want barangay officials to be appointed if the elections are postponed, Benitez added.

He said that when Congress resumes on July 24 he is sure the elections will be taken up, there is still enough time to postpone the polls, he said.*CPG

3rd District mayors support Benitez for guv

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:44




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.

The occasion was the launching of the “Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance: Tabang sa Kalisod” program.

“I cannot say yes or no. I still have to think the options available for me. Let’s see as there are others who have suggested that I should run for a higher position,” Benitez said.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has offered Benitez a slot in the senatorial line-up of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in the 2019 elections.

Benitez said there are still a lot of things to weigh before he makes a decision.

“It is not an easy decision. Winning is not the only thing that should be look at. My constituents want me to be near them so I can be accessible to them,” he said.

Benitez pointed out that “the problem of Negros is bigger than we all think.”

“Some are calling the sugar industry as the next tobacco industry or a sunset industry. Until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Benitez, who leads the Visayan Bloc in Congress, will end his three terms as congressman in 2019.

Marañon, who is on his third and final term, had assured Benitez of the United Negros Alliance’s support if he decides to run for governor in 2019.

Benitez also said that his brother, Dr. Francisco Benitez, president of Philippine Women’s University, is being considered to succeed him in the district.

“Nobody wants to enter politics in my family. Before anything else, whether it is family or anyone what is important is that they will be accepted by the people of the district. Not just because he carries my family name, he can easily get a seat. The next congressman should perform better than me. What should be considered is his or her capacity and skills,” he added.

Abang Lingkod Representative Stephen Paduano said he prefers the congressman to run for senator.

“Personally, I would advise him to run for a higher position for the sake of Negros and for himself,” he added.

Talisay, Murcia cagers rule Albee Cup

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:28



on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

After splitting top honors in men and women's volleyball, Talisay and Murcia went on to share the limelight in the basketball finals of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest.

The Talisay cagers, led by Mayor Niel Lizares, beat Victorias City cagersin the finals of the 40 Updivision to bag the championship, while Murcia streaked past Talisay in the 39 Below category to claim the title. The Murcia basketeers finished second runner-up in the 40 Up.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) watched the basketball finals at the Victorias City Gym and with his younger brother, Dr. Francisco Benitez, awarded the trophies to the champion teams.

Joined by elected officials in the third district, the third edition of the Inter-LGU sportsfest was organized to foster camaraderie among public servants in the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and the twons of E.B. Magalona and Murcia.

Elected officials from mayors, vice-mayors, councilors, barangay captains and barangay councilmen saw action in the tournament which kicked off in May in Silay City.*NAB

There is a 99 percent chance that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October will be postponed, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) , said yesterday.

“The majority's sentiment in Congress is to have the elections postponed,”he said.

What needs to be deliberated on is the desire to appoint public officials, which is a little bit ticklish, Benitez said.

“Personally I feel that is better that we have holdover barangay officials,” he added.

The Senate also does not want barangay officials to be appointed if the elections are postponed, Benitez added.

He said that when Congress resumes on July 24 he is sure the elections will be taken up, there is still enough time to postpone the polls, he said.*CPG

BENITEZ ON THE FIRST YEAR UNDER DUTERTE: VERY GOOD

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 15:38



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
July 4, 2017

Following one year with President Rodrigo Duterte in office, Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez said he has been “very good” as chief executive.

In a press conference yesterday, Benitez lauded the president for improving relations with China and welcomed Duterte’s strategic partnership with Russia.

“He is the only president to have established very good ties with China,” he said.

In terms of reducing crime, Benitez said the administration was also very successful, citing reduced crime rates throughout the nation.

However, he expressed concern over the administration’s economic package, or “Dutertenomics,” describing it as a “good plan” but would reserve further comment until after implementation.

Benitez hopes the president explains the implementation process during next month’s State of the Nation Address./WDJ

ALBEE FOR GUV IN ‘19? PADUANO WANTS NEGRENSE SENATOR

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 15:03



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
July 4, 2017

The five mayors of the Negros Occidental third congressional district publicly endorsed their local representative, Alfredo Benitez, for governor in 2019.

Victorias City Mayor Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano all said they would support him if he declares a gubernatorial run.

The congressman, however, who is in his third and final term, would not give a definitive answer on his 2019 intentions.

Back in March, incumbent Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., who is also in his third and final term, called Benitez “one of the good bets” for governor.

Earlier, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez considered Benitez as a possible senatorial candidate, with the congressman responding, “There are still a lot of things to weigh in before a decision is made.”

When asked whom he will field to fill his congressional seat, Benitez said nobody in his family has intentions of entering politics.

Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano, meanwhile, revealed he would prefer Benitez follow the advice of the speaker and run for Senate.

“The problem of Negros is bigger than we all think,” Paduano said. “Negros is still not in good shape.”/WDJ

POLITICS SIMMERS EARLY IN NEGROS OCC. – 3rd district mayors endorse Albee for guv

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:00



By Dolly Yasa
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BACOLOD City – Midterm election is two years away but five mayors in the 3rd district of Negros Occidental believe that the early bird catches the worm.

This, as Mayors Frederick Palanca of Victorias City, Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona, Mark Golez of Silay City, Mayor Neil Lizares of Talisay City and Andrew Montelibano of Murcia all endorsed 3rd district Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez to replace Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

The mayors expressed their support during the signing of a memorandum of agreement on the Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program at the Nature’s Resort and Restaurant, July 3, 2017.

The burial assistance is one of Benitez’s programs for the 3rd district.

Benitez, who is serving his last 3-year term, sounded coy when asked for his reaction.

“I cannot say yes or no. Let us see. There are others who have suggested that I run for another position,” he said, reiterating his earlier statement that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez offered him a slot in the senatorial lineup of the ruling PDP-Laban in the 2019 polls.

Benitez said there are “a lot of things to weigh before a decision is made.”

“It is not an easy decision. Winning is not the only thing that should be looked at,” he said.

Benitez confirmed that his constituents “want me to be near them so I can be accessible to them.”

But Abang Lingkod partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano, a close ally of Benitez, said he prefers the congressman to run for senator.

Paduano also affirmed the endorsement of the 3rd district mayors for Benitez to run for governor.

“Personally I would advise him to run for a higher position for the sake of Negros and for him,” Paduano said.

Benitez said that the problem of Negros “is bigger than we all think.”

“Some are calling the sugar industry as the next tobacco industry or a sunset industry. Until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Pressed on his successor in the third district, Benitez said “nobody in my family wants to enter politics.”

But he confirmed that his brother Dr. Francisco B. Benitez, Philippine Women’s University president, is being considered to replace him.

“Before anything else, whether it is family or anyone, what is important is that they will be accepted by the people of the district. Just because he carries my family name, he can easily (win the) seat. The next congressman should perform better than me. What should be considered is his or her capacity and skills,” he added.

When asked if he has discussed the matter with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who is also being groomed as a possible gubernatorial candidate, Benitez said he has not discussed the 2019 polls with the former.

Benitez and Lacson are stalwarts of Love Negros Team, a coalition of political leaders in the 2016 elections.

Albee Endorsed for Governor in ‘19

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:43



on Tue, 07/04/2017
By Eugene Y. Adiong / Photo Jun de los Reyes

In an overwhelming display of support, all the five mayors of the third district of Negros Occidental publicly endorsed Rep. Alfredo Benitez for governor in 2019.



The signing of MOU and formal launcing of “Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program Tabang sa Kalisod” program of Congressman Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental were witnessed by Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, Talisay City Mayor Jesus Antonio Neil E. Lizares III, Rep. Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod Party List, Victorias City Mayor Frederick Wantan Palanca, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez and E.B. Magalona Town Mayor Marvin Malacon. The ceremony was held at Natures Village Resorts, Hotel and Restaurant in Talisay City yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Victorias Mayor Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano each aired their support for Benitez if he decides to take over the post to be vacated by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his final term.

“I cannot say yes or no. Let us see. There are others who have suggested that I ran for another position,” the Congressman said, reiterating his earlier statement that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has offered him a slot in the senatorial line-up of the PDP-Laban in the next elections.

Benitez said that there area still “a lot of things to weigh before a decision is made.”

“It is not an easy decision. Winning is not the only thing that should be look at,” he said.

He confirmed that his constituents wants me to be near them so I can be accessible to them.

However, for close Benitez ally Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Paduano said he prefers the congressman to run for senator.

“Personally, I would advise him to run for a higher position for the sake of Negros and for him,” Paduano said.

Benitez said that the problem of Negros “is bigger than we all think.”

“Some are calling the sugar industry as the next tobacco industry or a sunset industry. Until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Pressed if who he will endorse as his successor as congressman for the third district, Benitez said, “nobody in my family wants to enter politics.”

When the name of his brother Dr. Francisco B. Benitez, Philippine Women’s University president was mentioned, he confirmed that he is being considered.

“Before anything else, whether it is family or anyone, what is important is that they will be accepted by the people of the district. Just because he carries my family name, he can easily sit. The next congressman should perform better than me. What should be considered is his or her capacity and skills,” he added.

“We have not formally talked about 2019,” Benitez said.*(Eugene Y. Adiong)

 

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