PALM SUNDAY. Catholics marked Palm Sunday in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City as Holy Week officially started.*
(Andy Alvarez photo)
Negros Occidental supporters of presidential aspirants Rodrigo Duterte, Mar Roxas and Grace Poe all claimed victory for their candidates in last night's presidential debate, while Vice President Jejomar Binay's ally came to his defense on the delay in its start.
The 2nd presidential debate held at the University of the Philippines Cebu and aired over TV 5 that was supposed to start at 5 p.m. was delayed for more than an hour over Binay's insistence on bringing documents that was prohibited by the Commission on Elections.
“It was Duterte's night. He is a no-nonsense talker and his answers were direct and clear, he is the right man for the right job at the right time,” his supporter Salvador Benedicto Mayor Jose Max Ortiz said.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday maintained that Negros Occidental remains “Mar Roxas Country” and that he will win by a landslide in the May 9 polls despite the show of force by presidential bet Grace Poe's supporters during her visit to the province Friday.
Marañon, who heads the United Negros Alliance, has thrown his support for Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo, while Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), a leader of Love Negros, has officially declared his support for Poe and her running mate Francis Escudero.
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Ex-rebels' ‘Halfway House' on
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
The Army's 303rd Infantry Brigade is providing a “Balay Pagbag-o (Halfway House)” at Camp Gerona, Murcia in Negros Occidental, to shelter former rebels waiting for their papers to be processed for their rehabilitation, in preparation for re-integration to mainstream society.
2Lt Ma. Revekka Knothess Roperos, 303rd IB Public Information Officer, said the former rebels will also receive psycho-social rehabilitation, livelihood assistance, organic farming experience and skills, which they can use once they are re-integrated, aside from availing of the temporary shelter inside the military camp.