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Eugene Adiong

Governor: ‘STL is Legal’

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“Which will you choose, the legal or illegal?”

This was the question posed by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.on whether he is in favor of the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL).

Marañon pointed out that STL is “legal, and it gives a share to the host local government unit.”

BRITISH EMBASSY: British Ambassador Asif Ahmad hosted a welcome party recently at his residence in Manila to welcome Deputy Ambassador Nigel Boud (center), previously the British High Commission’s Political Counsellor in Kuala Lumpur. The party also celebrated Ambassador Ahmad’s second anniversary in the Philippines. Guests included (l-r) British Embassy Warden for Negros Occidental Robert Harland and US Ambassador Phil Goldberg.*

ABANG LINGKOD Representative Joseph Stephen Paduano (left) cuts the ribbon with La Castellana Vice Mayor Chad Feria during the inauguration of a covered court at Barangay Nato, La Castellana. Also in photo are Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez (2nd and 3rd from left).*

Without STL, illegal gambling will proliferate, he said.

The issue on the operation of STL comes on the heels of the approval of the Bacolod City Sanggunian of a Resolution of No Objection (RONO), in response to the request of Super Lucky Beagler, Inc., operator of some STL outlets in Negros Occidental.

Bacolod councilors Em Ang, Roberto Rojas, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Alex Paglumotan, Noli Villarosa, and Caesar Distrito voted to allow STL operations in the city, while El Cid Familiaran and Sonya Verdeflor did not.

City Mayor Monico Puentevella is yet to decide whether to sign the SP’s RONO allowing STL operation in Bacolod, or not.

Puentevella noted, however, that the Catholic Church specifically the Diocese of Bacolod did not oppose STL operations in Negros Occidental.

“What’s the difference between the province and the city?,” the mayor said, adding that he will talk to the councilors, and also to church leaders if they wanted to.

Bong Also Supports STL

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Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson also expressed support for the operations of Small Town Lottery (STL) in Negros Occidental.

Lacson, a former mayor of San Carlos City said, his city was a pioneer in STL operations.

The Vice Governor said the city government received a monthly net share from STL operations, although it was not big compared to other areas in the province.

He added that what is good about the money is that it really goes to the city coffers, with receipts.

Negros Fish Catch Dwindling

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Fish catch in Negros is dwindling, according to the results of a study conducted by a researcher from the University of Philippines (UP)-Diliman.

The research work of Remelyn I. de Ramos of UP-Diliman’s Marine Sciences Institute (MSI) showed that the problem about the dwindling marine resources is even more pronounced in the two provinces that comprise the newly-established Negros Island Region (NIR).

The two provinces have a total population of 4,194,525 based on the latest census.

UNA Has its Own Sked, Guv Says

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The United Negros Alliance (UNA) will follow its own schedule for its convention and the announcement of its candidates, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., said.

“We will follow the schedule set by the Commission on Elections,” Marañon said.

The Governor said that he will not make any comments as to the plans of rival Love Negros.

“They are Love Negros, I am UNA, “ he pointed out.

Pressed as to the status of the incumbent UNA officials, Marañon said that “it will depend if they will still run again.”

NOPPO Post Depends on PNP - Señoron

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Newly- promoted Senior Supt. William Señoron remains mum on the possibility of being the next provincial police director of Negros Occidental even as he paid a courtesy call to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday fueling rumors of his appointment.

“I still do not have a final announcement yet as it will be the Philippine National Police who will determine who is qualified for the post of provincial director,” he said.

Marañon said that it will depend on Señoron on whether to apply for the post or not.