SUMMER FUN. Families enjoy strolling down the beach in the southern coast of Iloilo City.* Bob Lacson photo
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday rallied a formidable gathering of officials and candidates supporting Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo to ensure that the tandem wins big in vote-rich Negros Occidental.
“This is not a show of force, we are already a force to reckon with,” said Marañon, who denied that the gathering was held in anticipation of the visit of Grace Poe, survey frontrunner in the presidential race, and her runningmate Chiz Escudero, to Negros Occidental on Friday.
Marañon said 23 mayors of Negros Occidental are supporting Roxas and Robredo, 17 of whom were among those who joined about 400 supporters of the tandem at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City yesterday.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who was at the upbeat gathering of about 400 core Roxas and Robero supporters, said the latest Social Weather Station survey released yesterday shows the tandem within striking distance to a win.
The supporters of survey-frontrunner Grace Poe will show their force in Negros Occidental on Friday, saying winning the presidency is about the number of voters, not number of officials, on one’s side.
On Monday, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said 23 out of 32 mayors, and four congressmen on top of numerous other past and present officials of Negros Occidental are supporting Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo.
“We are a force to reckon with,” the governor said.
But Modesto Sa-onoy, ALL4GP provincial coordinator, pointed out that President Benigno Aquino only had one mayor on his side in Negros Occidental in 2010 and won overwhelmingly in the province.
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Sacred oils blessed,
priests renew vows
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Around 100 priests renewed their vows of obedience to the bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete during the Chrism Mass held yesterday afternoon at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in Dumaguete City.
The priests, both diocesan and from religious congregations, renewed their pledge of commitment to Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes in the Chrism Mass, a yearly activity in the Lenten observance but which was held ahead of the Holy Week this year.
Cortes explained that three things were to be witnessed at the Chrism mass, namely, the blessing of the holy oils, the renewal of baptismal promises for the lay faithful and the priests’ renewal of vows of obedience to the bishop and their commitment to serve the people in the diocese.