MERGE STORIES OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo, Fr. Chris Gonzales (5th and 4th from left, seated) and former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela (right) with the 20 Istrorya ng Pag-asa champions of Negros Occidental in Bacolod City, yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Peso plunge alarming,
will hurt poor: Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo said yesterday that the plunge in the peso to its weakest level against the dollar in 12 years is alarming, especially because of its impact on the lives of the poor.

“It is alarming because of how fast and how low the plunge has reached, we need an explanation on why this has happened,” said Robredo, who was in Bacolod City for the launching of an Istorya ng Pag-asa (Story of Hope) Negros Occidental photo exhibit in Bacolod City.

The peso slipped to a fresh 12-year low of P53.27 to the dollar yesterday from P53.23 on Wednesday. moremoremore

82 in Negros join Liberal Party

Eighty-two Negrenses took their oaths as new members of the Liberal Party before Vice President Leni Robredo, LP chairman, at Mayfair Plaza in Bacolod City yesterday morning.

Robredo said those who took their oaths are not politicians and had applied online to join the party.

She is happy that at a time when the LP is down and is being portrayed by some as bad, these Negrenses are saying “We want to join because we believe in the principles the party is fighting for”, Robredo said. moremoremore


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to ARBs in Region 6: guv

ILOILO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to lead the 30th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Iloilo on June 20, and will award land certificates to agrarian reform beneficiaries in the region.

The biggest number of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards will be distributed to 900 beneficiaries from the northern part of Negros Occidental with 1,775 certificates, and 938 CLOAs to 556 beneficiaries from the southern part of the province.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., in his regular press conference yesterday, said the President will lead the distribution of CLOAs to ARBs and farmers in Western Visayas, as well as turn over some farm-to-market roads in Iloilo province.