Colmenares Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (left) administers the oath of office to appointed 5th district Board Member Angelito Colmenares , in the presence of his wife, Mary Ann, and son, Don Angelo Colmenares, Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and other board members.*

Roxas to benefit if Poe
disqualified – Marañon
But Grace supporters not giving up

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that he believes Mar Roxas, standard bearer of the administration Liberal Party, will benefit in Negros Occidental if Sen. Grace Poe will finally be disqualified from running as presidential candidate in 2016.

“That is because Grace Poe's mother, Susan Roces, has a lot of relatives here, I am only talking about Negros Occidental and Bacolod,” he said.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, on the other hand, said “We cannot tell where support for her will go. Mar just has to continue convincing the Filipino people why he should be elected as the next president.”moremoremore

SP bucks tax on
sweetened sugar


The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental unanimously passed a resolution yesterday vehemently opposing the proposed bill that would impose an excise tax of P10 per liter on sugar-sweetened beverages that it called “anti-poor.”

“Imposing the P10 per liter of volume capacity and increasing the rate to four percent every year thereafter on sweetened beverages, will be a big additional burden to sugarcane farmers”, Board Member Miller Serondo said in his resolution co-authored by all SP members present at their regular session.

The bill, authored by Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing, inserts a new section, 150-A, in the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 stating: “there shall be levied, assessed and collected on sugar-sweetened beverages per liter of volume capacity, an excise tax of P10.”. moremoremore


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CHR starts autopsy of fatalities
in shootout in DENR Mabinay

The Commission on Human Rights started yesterday the exhumation and autopsy of the bodies of five men killed in the November 18 shootout with policemen in Barangay Bulwang, Mabinay in Negros Oriental.

This is part of the motu proprio initial investigation being conducted by the local CHR to determine possible human rights violations by state agents at the time of the shootout, provincial CHR chief Jess Cañete said yesterday.

However, the autopsy is merely “inquisitorial” to help the CHR decide whether there is a need to go for a full blown investigation on the deaths of the said civilians, he added.moremoremore