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Winning the Peace is Not by War: Army

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“Winning the peace is not by war but a collaboration with the community and stakeholders.”

Says Col. Francisco Delfin, commanding officer, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, at the launching of the national peace consciousness month celebration which kicked off on Tuesday, September 1 at the Social Hall of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building.

The Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) lead by Action Officer, Dr. Ma. Lina P. Sanogal (left photo) spearheads the celebration of National Peace Consciousness Month at the Provincial Capitol last Tuesday, September 1, 2015.*(Capitol photos by Richard Malihan)

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella speaking at the 2nd Breastfeeding Congress conducted by the Department of Health and City Government at Robinsons Place Bacolod last Tuesday, September 1, 2015.* (CMO-PIO photo)

He also said, peace is achieved by instilling in the hearts of every soldier to let peace start in everyone’s heart. The peace in Negros Occidental was attained after the stakeholders declared that the province is peaceful and ready for further development, because everybody wants peace. Peace efforts is not only a responsibility of the army, but of the community as well.”

Vice Gov. Lacson Turns Down Gov. Marañon Anew

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Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson declined anew the endorsement of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., for him to run for congressman in the province’ 1st district.

TACLOBAN GUESTS. Tacloban City-based provincial newspaper publisher Nestor Abrematea (4th from left) who is also currently a town councilor, with his fellow town councilor (3rd from left), treat Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) reporter Eugene Adiong (1st from left) and NDB editor Arman Toga (2nd from left) after the closing ceremonies recent of the Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) national conference at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod.*

BALIKBAYAN HENRY LIB. Former Bacolod City Mayor’s Office (Mayor Alfredo Montelibano Jr.) executive and now US resident and travel writer Henry Libo-on, center, in a chance coffee table encounter with NDB editor Arman Toga (left) and reporter Eugence Adiong at Sea Breeze Hotel lobby in Bacolod last week. Henry used to write a regular column with NDB.* (Tom Stallone photo)

Lacson reiterated he is politely declining the endorsement of Marañon.

Marañon yesterday said that he is endorsing anew Lacson to run for congressman in the first district, as he claims that the latter is a sure winner.

Why, Maranon said, is he (Lacson) afraid to run and who is he afraid of?

Vice Gov. Lacson, when asked to comment, said “It is not about being afraid but about respecting the decision of (graduating 1st district) Cong. Jules (Ledesma), in the same manner that they would respect the decision of Tito Freddie (Governor Marañon) in the second district.”

Ledesma is considered to be the political patriarch in the first district in a similar manner that Marañon is in the second.

Earlier, Vice Gov. Lacson said he is not in the race as far as the congressional seat in the first district is concerned.

He said there are only two probable candidates being considered by Love Negros Team, last termer Escalante City Mayor Melecio “Biboy” Yap and Provincial Board Member Renato “Rene” Gustilo who is also on his last term as board member.

AIDFI Wins Another International Award

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The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc., (AIDFI), a Bacolod-based NGO added yet another international award to its collection of global honors when its multi-awarded ram pump technology was declared first prize winner with a grant of US$50,000.00 (P2.3 million) in the 2015 RELX Group Environment Challenge during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden last August 25, 2015.

Bicolano Sets House on Fire

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A native of Bicol Region was wounded when he was shot by responding Hinigaran PNP after setting his house on fire and wounding a retired police officer in Kaisahan Village, Barangay Anahaw, Hinigaran, Tuesday.

Police Chief Inspector Lino Dalisay, the town’s police chief identified the suspect as Victoriano Villalon Lotino alias JR, 25 years old, of Barangay Bagangan, Camarines Sur in Bicol.

Dalisay said the suspect is reportedly suffering from nervous breakdown.

Also burned down was the house of his live-in partner who has a disabled brother.

Isabela Area to Watch on Elections: BM Escalante

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Considered the most contested and an area to watch during the upcoming elections is the municipality of Isabela, according to Board Member Salvador Escalante.

He said, vice Mayor Francis Malabor, brother of slain board member Renato Malabor, will be challenging the incumbent mayor, Enrique Montilla. So the sentiment of the people will not be disregarded because for sure, it will be used during the campaign, and to the advantage of the Malabors. This is one hot spot in the province because of the loss of one life, and the area is a place to watch, Escalante also said.