MERGE Unity ticket gubernatorial candidate Eugenio Jose Lacson and vice gubernatorial bet Jeffrey Ferrer (5th and 2nd from left) being endorsed by UNegA secretary general Salvador Escalante, chairman Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of Love Negros (l-r).* (Andy Alvarez photo)


‘It’s unity for progress’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson, Negros Occidental unity ticket gubernatorial bet, yesterday vowed to prove to all those who sacrificed to make a United Negros Alliance-Love Negros merger a reality,that it was the right decision for the province.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., UNegA chairman, and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) of Love Negros yesterday officially announced the fielding of Lacson and former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer as the standard bearers of their unity ticket at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.

“In behalf of Love Negros, we officially nominate Vice Governor Bong Lacson as the next governor of Negros Occidental,” Benitez said. moremoremore


United NegOr launched, too
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Negros Oriental political leaders formally announced in Dumaguete City Tuesday that they will field a united ticket under the One Vision, One Voice, One Visayas movement.

But Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), who acted as “peacemaker” among the members of the political parties, admitted that they expect conflicts to still persist among the mayors, vice mayors, and even board members.

Efforts are being exerted to put up a united slate for local leaders, Sangguniang Bayan and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, although they have been encountering some difficulties, he said. moremoremore

 

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P190M market mall
to rise in Hinigaran
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The local government of Hinigaran in the fifth district of Negros Occidental will construct a P190 million market mall in the next few years, that is eyed to be the town’s business center and projected to generate millions of annual revenue, as the retail company Metro will lease in the area, Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo said yesterday.

Arceo also told the DAILY STAR that in January next year, Hinigaran will start to construct the 3-storey commercial complex in the site of their old public market in Brgy. 4, with the concept of a mall in the renovated public market.

The fund for the construction of the mall will be taken from the P210 million loan agreement of the LGU and the Land Bank of the Philippines that was signed by Arceo and LBP vice president and head of the Neg. Occ. Lending Center, Vivian Canoñero, on Monday.