Negros Oriental Rep. Arnulfo Teves questions the DBM stand on the NIR as Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (l-r) listen*
back push to retain NIR
ISLAND REGION LAW, FEDERAL STATE AMONG OPTIONS
BY CARLA GOMEZ
QUEZON CITY - Visayan congressmen yesterday pledged to push for the retention of the Negros Island Region after hearing a battery of regional directors confirm that it can continue to exist without any added cost to the government.
Options being eyed while the NIR status quo remains is to move for the creation of a Negros Island Federal State, or push for the passage of a law creating the NIR under the current form of government.
Eighteen Visayan congressmen joined a House Special Committee on Visayas Development hearing on the NIR at the RV Mitra Building at the Batasan Complex, also attended by Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo's representative, Froilan Joseph Pinili.
The call for the retention of Negros Island Region is also the clamor of the ordinary “masa (masses)”.
Members of various organizations, including Sanlakas-Negros, Buklurang ng Manggagawa-Pilipino, and Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita sa Lungsod, yesterday held a march-rally from the Capitol Lagoon to the public plaza of Bacolod City, airing their support to the retention of NIR.
Displaying streamers calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to save NIR, the participants, estimated at 500 by its organizers, also signed a manifesto expressing their support to the newly-created region.
|Triumph with Manny,|
despair with Marcos
|A shameful decision|
Anti-Marcos burial indignation,
candle lighting assembly today
As word spread yesterday about the Supreme Court's decision for a hero's burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos, a bunch of students of Silliman University immediately organized an indignation assembly and candle-lighting to air their sentiments against the ruling.
The point person for the activity, Shamah Bulangis, said groups like Akbayan Youth-Dumaguete, History and Political Science Society, and mostly individuals have so far signified their intention to join the anti-Marcos gathering at 5 p.m. today at the flagpole area of the East Quadrangle of Silliman University.
The activity is to protest the SC decision allowing the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. .