ALVAREZ WOMEN'S MONTH. Ms. Philippines Universe, Maxine Medina (center), with House Deputy Speaker Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. occ., 6 th District) and Rep. Wes Gatchalian(Valenzuela City, 1 st District), yesterday was honored at the House of Representatives for her participation in the Ms. Universe pageant and in celebration of Women's Month.*

DILG to present NIR
legal basis to DBM

That is good, that means the prospects for the Negros Island Region are bright.”

That was the reaction of Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday to the announcement of Local Government Secretary Ismael Suenothat the fate of the NIR would not be taken up at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, as a stronger defense for its retention is still being prepared by his office.

The longer the NIR is allowed to continue to exist, the prospects are brighter for us, Marañon said. moremoremore

2 anti-death penalty
solons won't give in

Two Negros representatives yesterday said they are standing pat on their decision to vote against the restoration of the death penalty despite pressure from the House leadership.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the lower chamber aims to approve on third and final reading House Bill No. 4727 today.

Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th district), a member of the House Justice Committee, said “I stand by my vote against” the death penalty. moremoremore


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NegOr: cop director

Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office acting director, Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, said yesterday that the quantity of available methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, in the province may have gone up over the past weeks.

He said an indicator would be the weekend confiscation of some P3.8 million worth of suspected shabu and the arrest of an alleged Level 1 illegal drugs courier in Dumaguete City by joint operatives of the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Saturday.

Biñas said those involved in the illegal drugs trade may have been complacent over the past weeks in peddling large volumes of shabu in the province after the PNP's Project Double Barrel/Oplan TokHang campaign had been stopped.