Vice President Leny Robredo (left) and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Partnerships Against Poverty Summit yesterday*
Leni's drive vs. poverty
includes Neg. Occ. IPs
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday launched her “Angat Buhay: Partnerships Against Poverty” and Hinobaan town in Negros Occidental is among the 50 Local Government Units set to receive assistance.
Among those present at the Partnerships Against Poverty Summit 2016 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from Negros Occidental were Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela, Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao and representatives of non-government organizations.
The business community yesterday remained optimistic that the Negros Island Region will stay, while Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. refused to comment on statements made by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino on the NIR.
“It looks like NIR will be superseded by federalism. The likelihood of its being abolished is there,” Dino said in a press statement issued Sunday following an interview on the NIR in Cebu Saturday.
The fate of the NIR is still being discussed at the national level, Dino said, adding that, in his conversation with Speaker Alvarez he said there is no budget for NIR in the 2016 and 2017 General Appropriations Act. The fate of the NIR is still being discussed at the national level, Dino added.
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IN NEGROS ORIENTAL
Police eyeing drug link
in 2 shooting incidents
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
The Negros Oriental police said yesterday that investigators are looking at the possible links to the illegal drugs trade of the recent shooting incidents in the province.
Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, officer-in-charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, however, declined to expound on which of the cases are connected to the illegal drugs trade, and only said that police investigators are conducting a thorough investigation.