Capitol A parade of 132 lechons at the Capitol grounds in Bacolod City highlighted the opening of the 25 th National Hog Convention.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )


Lito quits Mar-Leni group
but to continue campaign
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela yesterday confirmed that he has resigned as chairman of the Friends of Mar-Leni in Negros Occidental, but stressed that his team will continue to campaign for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo.

“We strongly believe that former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas remains the best and only option if we want continued economic growth in the next six years and beyond. And together with Cong. Leni Robredo as his Vice President, we will be guaranteed that those belonging to the marginalized sectors will find a champion  in her, owing to her track record of helping people who live in the fringes of our society,” Coscolluela said.

However, he said, “with all candor and deep regrets,” he has asked to be replaced as chairman of the provincial non conventional campaign group, more popularly called “Friends of Mar-Leni”, through a letter addressed to National NonCon head Karina David Tuesday.  moremoremore

Guv joins show of
force for LP tandem
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental officials led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday joined a show of force for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo at a gathering dubbed "Sama-sama at Tuloy-tuloy sa Daang Matuwid (unite and continue on the straight path at the Club Filipino in Manila.

About 10 Cabinet members, 164 congressmen, 45 governors and 65 mayors from around the country joined the affair as a show of force for the LP tandem, whose survey ratings have been lagging behind.

The latest Pulse Asia survey placed Roxas in fourth place in the race for the presidency and Robredo in second place among the vice presidential bets. .moremoremore

 

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Bets disqualification possible
due to illegal posting: Comelec
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Dumaguete election officer-designate, Andre Villasis, said yesterday that illegal campaign materials confiscated by the Commission on Elections may be utilized as evidence for the disqualification of a candidate or candidates in the May 9 polls.

He made the pronouncement as he spearheaded yesterday's Oplan Baklas, a Comelec activity held simultaneously in Negros Oriental, to tear down election campaign paraphernalia that were posted in non-designated areas.

He said these candidates run the risk of being charged for violation of the Fair Elections Act that could lead to their disqualification, for failing to heed the provisions of the law on campaign paraphernalia. .moremoremore