Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito receives a plaque of appreciation from NPC president Teresa Ellera, ex-oficio Dolores Epacta, and vice president Babes Gantalao (l-r)*
The Office of the Ombudsman during the weekend began an investigation into livelihood projects implemented in the first district of Negros Occidental, but several barangay captains denied receiving them and said that their signatures had been forged.
Associate Graft Investigation Officer II Dindo Jacinto had requested assistance from the Department of Interior and Local Government in the validation process starting Saturday until March 10, a DAILY STAR source said.
The Office of the Ombudsman asked for assistance in the gathering of barangay officials of Escalante, Toboso, Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto at specified venues and dates to be interviewed by its team of special investigators, the source added.
Senator Vicente Sotto said Saturday that while the Nationalist People's Coalition leadership has decided to support the presidential bid of Grace Poe and her running mate, Francis Escudero, there will be no sanctions on members who will not do so.
Not all the NPC members will support them, in fact while he is supporting Poe, his vice presidential bet is Senator Gringo Honasan, Sotto said in an interview in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Sotto met with Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco, NPC Negros chairman, who had said earlier that NPC members in Negros Occidental have been granted a “free zone” that allows them to support the national candidates of their choice. .
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Negros eyeing tag as new
renewable energy capital
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Negros Island Region18 is pushing to be the new renewable energy capital of the Philippines, or possibly in the entire Asia, Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Ed Du, said recently.
He said Negros Oriental already has 18 megawatts of solar energy in Bais City but the focus is on geothermal because of a large deposit in the Southern Negros Geothermal Project.
Du said he strongly believes the proposed expansion of additional 60 megawatts of power in Palinpinon will boost the island's competitiveness in terms of power supply in the near future, to attract more investments and hopefully, it will be cheaper than Cebu, Iloilo and even in Mindanao.