SIGNING Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Paduano, Rep. Alfredo Benitez,Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, and EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon (l-r) hold up copies of the Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program memorandum of understanding that they signed yesterday*


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BY CARLA GOMEZ

The mayors of the third district of Negros Occidental and a partylist congressman yesterday said they will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) should he opt to run for governor in 2019.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his last term, had also said earlier he would support Benitez should he run for governor or senator in 2019. Both the governor and Benitez belong to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakasng Bayan party of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Benitez, however, said he is weighing all options. moremoremore

Burial aid ‘game changer' launched
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday launched a program that will provide P10,000 in burial assistance toindigents in the third district of Negros Occidental, which is estimated to cost about P30 million annually.

Benitez, who just returned from a two-week course on “Leadership in Developing Countries” at Harvard University in the United States, led the launching of the Asenso Metro 3 rd Burial Assistance Program, along with the mayors of the third district, at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.

The congressman and mayors Francis Palanca of Victorias, Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona, Mark Golez of Silay City, Neil Lizares of Talisay City,and Andrew Montelibano of Murcia signed a memorandum of understanding that sets the program for two years from July 2017 to July 2019. moremoremore

 

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‘High value target' killed
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Police are looking at possible involvement in hard drugs as the likely motive in the killing of a “high value target” in Siaton, Negros Oriental, Saturday.

In an interview yesterday, Chief Insp. Varie Villalobos, Siaton police chief, identified the victim as Albert Paul Tinambacan Kintao, who died from multiple gunshot wounds Saturday evening.

Investigation revealed that Kintao, 34, married, a businessman from Barangay Sumaliring in Siaton, was shot a number of times by two unidentified suspects riding in tandem on a motorcycle in Barangay 1 of the Siaton Public Market.