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Eugene Adiong

‘Non Negotiable’- UNA on Gov., Vice Gov. Posts

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The gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial posts of the United Negros Alliance under Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., for 2016 in non negotiable if ever there will be a merger with Love Negros Team, according to Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante (2nd district, Neg. Occ.) a close ally of Maranon.

INDEPENDENCE. Rhoderick Samonte represents Bacolod Executive Assistant Rocky Puentevella at the 1st meeting for preparations for the 117th Philippine Independence Day, at the SP Session Hall.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Escalante added that this is because as far as their group is concerned, it has reached a consensus that 4th district Congressman Jeffrey Ferrer (4th district, Neg. Occ.) will be the tandem of Marañon in the coming 2016 elections.

“We have agreed that the governor will run for a 3rd term and his vice gov will be Congressman Ferrer” Escalante said.

He added that this was the consensus of the group right after the 2013 elections when Maranon won over former vice governor Genaro Alvarez who was supported by former ambassasor Eduardo Cojuangco and the Love Negros Team.

“It still stands as of the moment” Escalante said.

When asked about Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Escalante said Marañon has suggested that the former will run for congressman in the 1st district.

“The governor will support him if he runs for congressman” Escalante said.

When asked whether the proposed merger by the Love Negros Team is doomed to fail, Escalante said “not necessary but the Governor and the Vice Governor posts are no longer negotiable”.

PNoy to Sign NIR Before SONA

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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr., expressed optimism that President Benigno Aquino III will sign the executive order creating the Negros Island Region (NIR)before his State of the Nation Address (SONA) this coming July.

Maranon said it is only the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed NIR that is being finalized by him and Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo for submission to the Office of the President.

He sees no more hitches as far as the NIR is concern.

TFI Wants More Personnel in Drive to Protect Negros Environment

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The Task Force Ilahas (TFI) wants additional personnel for its environmental campaign.

Supt. Mario Baquiran, TFI chief and also con-current Task Force Lawod head, said currently the unit is only platoon size or more than 30 police of-ficers.

“This number of personnel is still small to be effective,” Baquiran said.

He, however, pointed out that there are attached units from the police of local government units to augment them.

“We have a standing proposal to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for an additional 30 personnel for the unit,” he added.

Misamis Fishermen Nabbed in Cauayan for Illegal Fishing

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A 41-man crew of a fishing boat from Misamis Oriental was nabbed by personnel of Task Force Lawod (TFL).

A report to Atty. Jose Ma. Valencia, executive officer of TFL, said that during their operation early morning yesterday, they caught FB Joshua Marie 88, a 40.07 ton fishing boat owned by Lito Duhaylungsod.

The boat’s origin is from Tabuk Norte, Misamis Oriental and was caught fishing within the 3.5 kilometers off the coast of Brgy. Isio, Cauayan, the report said.

The vessel, skippered by Jay Amores, is based in Basay, Negros Oriental, it added.

Ilahas Leaves Probe to DENR

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The province’s Task Force Ilahas (TFI) is leaving the investigation of the alleged cutting of trees of endangered species allegedly by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Provincial legal officer Jose Ma. Valencia, executive officer of TFI yesterday said it is not their policy to conduct parallel investigations.

“We might end up with confusion,” Valencia said.

He said that they will just wait for the result of investigation of the DENR.