MERGE Manny Pacquiao, who knocked down WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, was accompanied by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (second from left) who carried the Philippine flag.*

Fiercer Manny emerges
TKO’s Matthysse in 7th round

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao emerged from almost a year of hiatus with a booming 7th round technical knockout win against Lucas Mattyhsse of Argentina to capture the WBA welterweight belt at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

Pacquiao’s resurgence was witnessed by thousands of Filipinos worldwide, who never wavered in their faith in his boxing prowess, believing that the legendary fighter from General Santos City still has it in him to floor younger champions.

Among those who witnessed yesterday’s fight was Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, an official member of the Team Pacquiao, who carried the Philippine flag inside the ring before the fight. moremoremore

Benitez remains 3rd richest,
Negros solons millionaires

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) remained the third richest congressman in the country in 2017, the just released lawmakers' statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) showed yesterday.

The net worth of Benitez was P1,004,995,616, making him the lone billionaire among the Negros Island lawmakers who are all millionaires.

The richest lawmaker of the country is Michael Odylon Romero (1PACMAN) at P7,291,000,000, followed by Emmeline Aglipay Villar (DIWA) – P1,407,459,436 in second place, with Imelda Marcos (Ilocos Norte, 2nd District) – P920,800,000 in fourth place. moremoremore


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Isabela among priority areas

The town of Isabela in southern Negros Occidental is included in the top three priority areas of the Department of Tourism on programs and projects that will empower local government units in developing potential tourism destinations in their localities, a press release said.

Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor said he was informed of this by DOT Undersecretary Marco Bautista in his visit to the DOT office in Manila recently.

Malabor said Bautista told him he was the first local chief executive who visited the DOT office and assured him that his proposed programs and projects as far as promoting local tourism will be given priority, the press release said.