BAM2 Senator Bam Aquino (2 nd from left) with Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya, and Councilor Em Ang (l-r) at the opening of the Electric MassKara at the Tourism Strip.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

2 more senators
join lobby for NIR

Two more senators are joining the lobby for the retention of the Negros Island Region, amid statements from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that President Rodrigo Duterte will abolish the NIR.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who joined the Electric MassKara in Bacolod City, and Senator Franklin Drilon yesterday said they support the call for the retention of the NIR.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday also said he wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte, and filed a resolution in the Senate calling for the continued recognition of the NIR. moremoremore

Bam: Duterte's comment on Bongbong ‘disturbing'

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino said yesterday that President Rodrigo Duterte's introduction of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the Filipino community in Beijing, China as “the next vice president” if he wins his electoral protest, was “troubling” and a “call for action”.

“Personally, as somebody who supported the vice president (Leni Robredo) it's very troubling for me that that was the way he introduced him (Marcos),” said Aquino who was in Bacolod City yesterday.

“I think that in this region (Negros Island Region), that supported the vice president greatly, I think it's also very troubling for us if that's the way he was introduced. I don't know, maybe they will say again that President Duterte was just joking,” he said. moremoremore


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SP investigates heavy
equipment controversy

Two city engineers yesterday told the Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod that they were ordered to bring the two controversial heavy equipment to the city quadrangle on verbal orders of a former vice mayor, who lost in the May elections.

Engineers Antonio Flores and Edwin Quirit were grilled by members of the SP to find out the status of the heavy equipment that were displayed at the City Hall quadrangle for more than one month during the campaign period for reasons that they are unserviceable and subject for auction.

Flores admitted he was directed verbally by then vice mayor Woodrow Maquiling Sr., through a phone call, to bring the Shantui bulldozer and the vibratory road roller to the city quadrangle without asking questions, in saying he was just following orders, informed Quirit, and so they were towed by two other heavy equipment on March 29, 2016.