The overflow crowd at the Bacolod Public Plaza for the Grace Poe led rally last night*
( Andy Alvarez photo)
Show of force for Poe
Party list reps,
Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and a coalition of about 30 partylist groups declared their support for Partido Galing at Puso presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate Senator Francis Escudero, at a press conference at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday.
“There are more than 30 members (in the) party-list coalition sitting in Congress who pledge and commit their support to Galing at Puso of Senator Poe,” said Butil Rep. Agapito Guanlao.
Crowds show Neg. Occ.
The Partido Galing at Puso team lead by presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe in a show of force, drew an estimated total crowd of 34,500 mostly clad in white at three rallies in Negros Occidental yesterday.
A crowd of 3,000 gathered in San Carlos City, 11,500 in Isabela and Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod) placed the crowd at the Bacolod public plaza last night at 18,000 to 20,000.
However Police Station 1 chief, Senior Inspector Richard Fajarito, placed the crowd that packed the Bacolod plaza that overflowed into the streets at only 5,000, and the 11,500 figure for Isabela was disputed by Mar Roxas supporters who claimed there were only 4,000 people.
Three members of President Benigno Aquino's Cabinet held meetings with civil society representatives, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and barangay captains in Negros Occidental Saturday, to discuss the expansion of the government's Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) program to the barangays.
However, the media was barred from covering and taking pictures of their meetings at the Social Hall at the Provincial Capitol and the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City , and other areas, raising suspicion that they were in the province to campaign for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.
Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad Saturday assured that the funds needed by national government agencies in the Negros Island Region will definitely be included in the 2017 national budget.
The agreement is to keep the administrative cost of the NIR operations down so that more funds can be poured into the development requirements of the new region to address poverty, he said.
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Comelec inventories yellow
ballot boxes for May 9 polls
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
The Commission on Elections in Dumaguete City started yesterday the inventory of the metal yellow ballot boxes that will be used for the May 9 elections.
City Election Officer Gildu Agoncillo said the Comelec Central Office had ordered Thursday, through a memorandum circular, that ballot boxes used in previous elections in the towns and cities in the country be inventoried to see which ones are still in usable condition.