Chedeng Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) takes her oath as deputy speaker before Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in the presence of her mother, Dolly Alvarez..*

Duterte announces
unilateral ceasefire

QUEZON CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday announced a unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front effective immediately, and called on the  National Democratic Front and its forces to respond accordingly.

        The president made the announcement in his 1 hour and 32-minute State of the Nation Address, where he said  “All of us want peace, not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living.”

        “Let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are going nowhere. And it is getting bloodier by the day,” Duterte said, adding that to provide an enabling environment conducive to the resumption of the peace talks he is announcing a unilateral ceasefire.
“We will strive to have a permanent and lasting peace before my term ends. That is my goal, that is my dream,” he said.moremoremore

Alvarez deputy speaker

Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District)  was elected deputy speaker, the second  highest post of  the House of Representatives and a first for Negros Occidental, yesterday.

 "It is with humility and gratefulness that I accept the position of Deputy Speaker. Being one of the second highest ranking officials in the Philippine House of Representatives, I will do my best to serve the Congress in excellence,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez, who is  on her third term as representative of the 6th District of Negros Occidental, said she will  continue to prioritize her constituents in the 6th district, but will also widen her  horizons to efficiently and effectively accomplish the tasks entrusted upon her  by my colleagues. moremoremore


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‘SONA brings renewed
hope for Negrenses’

President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address has brought renewed hope for constituents of Negros Oriental, who believe that the man is sincere and genuine in his desire to serve the country and its people.

            “For now, we are happy and inspired that Digong (Duterte) is also making the fight against human trafficking a co-equal with the fight against illegal drugs,” Romualdo Señeris II, Visayan Forum regional coordinator for Central Visayas, said.

            “Drugs and human trafficking are both part of the Top 3 crimes in the world, according to the United Nations,” he added. .