Edith Colmo

Local Candidates to Sign Peace Pact

A total of seventy (70) candidates in the province of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, will sign a peace covenant on April 1, 2016.

According to Atty. Ian Lee Ananoria, provincial COMELEC head in the province, from the governor, vice governor, provincial board members, congressmen, mayors and other candidates have committed to join the peace signing agreement. Out of 70, 33 candidates are from the province, and 37 are from Bacolod City.

KASANAG-CCW Deputized to Attend DPWH Biddings

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has deputized the KASANAG-Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) representatives to attend all public biddings on any project of DPWH.

According Kasanag president John Chiong who is currently national vice president of CCW, their civil society organization was deputized by Secretary Rogelio Singson of the DPWH.

The objective of this is to see to it that no colluded bidding will happen, and minimize corruption in the government project, he said.


Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. believes that the jury in the highest court of the land will disqualify Senator Grace Poe who is running for president come May 2016 elections.

At the presscon yesterday, March 7, 2016, Gov Marañon said, there are two basis to disqualify Poe. One is legal basis due to her nationality, and the other one is legal documents that she submitted before the COMELEC when she filed her candidacy for senator that does not jibe with the documents for her presiden-tial candidacy.

Senator JV to Media: Rise vs Crime, Corruption

As inducting officer and guest speaker at the 80th induction of officers of the Negros Press Club (NPC) over the weekend, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, challenged the members to rise against crimes and corruption. Having filed 145 bills and 49 resolutions in the senate, Ejercito said the media has a great role in helping society solve criminality and corruption, and push for transparent and good governance.

‘NPC Declares Negros Occ. Free Zone’

Negros Occidental is a free zone insofar as political agenda is concerned. Although just recently, the top leaders of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) declared support to presidentiable Sen. Grace Poe and her tandem Sen. Chiz Escudero for vice president, but in Negros Occidental, it was declared a free zone for the NPC members.

As reported, no less than business tycoon Educardo Danding Cojuangco, chairman of the NPC has reportedly declared Negros Occidental as free zone.