Marañon, Ibañez hold
rally in Kabankalan
Reelectionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is confident he will win in the first to fifth congressional districts of Negros Occidental in Monday’s polls, a press release from his camp said.
Marañon and vice gubernatorial bet Melvin Ibanez led the “miting de avance” of the United Negros Alliance in Kabankalan City yesterday that was attended by around 5,000 residents. He said there is also a big chance that he will win in the sixth district, perceived as the bailiwick of his former ally-turned-rival, Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr., the press release also said.
“Wala na baluarte-baluarte in this election (There is no more so-called bailiwicks in this election),” Marañon said, noting that, in yesterday’s event, people came to the plaza on their own.
He said he believes he will have a convincing win because of his performance, through the Negros First development agenda, and because he had paved the way for irrigation programs, provision of livelihood opportunities, food security, and cattle and carabao dispersal, the press release said.
Asked why Alvarez will lose in Kabankalan, considered the capital of the CHICKS (Cauayan, Hinoba-an, Ilog, Candoni, Kabankalan, Sipalay) area, Marañon replied, “Lim-ao lost here three times in the past already”, the press release also said.
“Let us see on May 14 whose bailiwick Kabankalan (really) is,” he added.
UNA will hold its “miting de avance” in San Carlos City tonight, to be followed by big rallies in Cadiz City, Manapla town, and Silay City.
Marañon urged for peaceful, clean and honest elections on Monday, and renewed his call for Negrenses to resist coercion and remain vigilant.
MURDER NOT AN ISSUE
He also clarified that he had never raised the issue of murder against his rival and his family as his election campaigns are all about platforms of government and accomplishments, the press release said.
The accomplishments of the 11-point Negros First agenda speak for themselves, and have covered a lot of ground in environment protection, economic development, good governance, education, poverty reduction, food security, information technology, social services, infrastructure, optimum health care and tourism promotions, Marañon said.
Ibañez, meanwhile, rallied the voters from CHICKS to choose straight the UNA candidates, the press release added.*
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12-0 for LP impossible, JV says
United Nationalist Alliance senatorial bet JV Ejercito Estrada said yesterday that the aim of Team PNoy for a 12-0 result in next week’s elections is impossible as a recent Pulse Asia survey result showed three opposition candidates in the top 12, a press release from his camp said.
The survey showed that UNA senatorial bets Juan Miguel Zubiri, Nancy Binay and Ejercito Estrada landed in the Magic 12, and that Ejercito-Estrada has a massive support in the Visayas, particularly in Region 6, that he attributes to local alliances with various groups, including the Church and other religious organizations, the press release also said.
He said he was advised not to go to Roxas City since it is an LP bailiwick, but he said there was also an outpouring of support for him during the caravan.
“You have to remember I am also half-Ilonggo,” Estrada said, referring to his mother, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, who hails from Silay City, Negros Occidental, the press release said.
He also went to Antique and had an audience with Bishop Jose Romeo Orquejo Lazo and sought the latter’s blessings, the press release also said.
He said he is confident that his friends and supporters will help ensure his victory in Western Visayas, and promised to deliver in the Senate if elected, the press release added.*
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MKK to conduct
miting de avance
The Pamilya MKK will conduct its miting de avance tonight at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod City, on the theme “A New Dawn to a New Bacolod”, its press release said.
Mayoralty bet Monico Puentevella will lead the event, with vice mayoralty candidate Vladi Gonzalez, and Sangguniang Panlungsod bets May Altarejos Cueva, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Frank Carbon, Ray Carmona, Bong Dilag, Raymond Fuentes, Jun Gamboa, Andy Hagad, Paulo Lacson, Ana Marie Palermo, Kalaw Puentevella and Marlon Solidum, the press release also said.
It added that Puentevella said the MKK’s vision for “a new Bacolod”sees jobs, livelihood, investments and infrastructures, and improved business environment to flourish. It also seeks to facilitate access to health care and social services, and serious effort in flood mitigation, proper drainage, waste and water management, and good peace and order and traffic management, the press release also said.*
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Red Cross marking
The Philippine National Red Cross Negros Occidental-Bacolod City joins 99 other chapters nationwide in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the world’s largest humanitarian network this month, with a series of activities today in Bacolod City, its press release said.
The activities include a summer youth camp, a motorcade, recognition rites for donors and volunteers, and the unveiling of the 150th year commemorative marker at its chapter office at 10th Lacson Street, Bacolod.
The names of benefactors for the renovation of the chapter blood center will be listed in the marker, and the chapter will also conduct a fund-raising activity, the press release also said.
The Red Cross idea came about in 1859, when Swiss Henry Dunant saw some 40,000 men lying dead or dying in the battlefield for lack of medical attention during the battle in Solferino, Italy, between the armies of Imperial Austria and the Franco-Sardinian alliance, the press release said.
The RC Movement was organized in 1863, and has grown to nearly 100 million members and supporters worldwide, the press release added.*
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