MERGE Grupo Progreso candidate for councilor Simple Distrito, re-electionists Councilor Bartolome Orola, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, former councilor Al Victor Espino, re-electionists councilors Cindy Rojas and Elmer Sy, and former councilor Archie Baribar (l-r) during a program at the Reclamation Area following a motorcade around Bacolod City.*


Thousands in Bacolod
kick off local campaign
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Thousands of supporters of opposing political parties in Bacolod City turned out during the first day of the campaign for local candidates yesterday.

Candidates of Grupo Progreso (GP)led by re-electionist Mayor Evelio Leonardia held a motorcade around Bacolod City while candidates of the Asenso for Better Bacolod-MKK (ABB-MKK) led by congressional candidate Monico Puentevella started their campaign by hand shaking with residents of Brgy. Banago.

The motorcade of GP followed after a 2 p.m. mass at the Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, and ended at the Pope John Paul Tower at the Reclamation Area where about 10,000 of its supporters in red shirts were waiting. moremoremore


Court denies TRO vs.P1.7B loan
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The petition for a temporary restraining order and or preliminary injunction lodged by opposition bets against Bacolod City officials to halt the release of a P1.7 billion loan for priority projects of the city has been denied.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 44 Judge Ana Celeste Bernad Thursday denied the petition lodged by Asenso for Better Bacolod-MKK mayoral candidate Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, vice mayoral bet Jude Thaddeus Sayson, and contractor Antonio Wong in Civil Case 19-15248 after finding “no cogent reason to grant the application for temporary restraining order for lack of legal basis.”

The opposition bets had filed the civil case on January 18 against Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Caesar Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, EmAng, Elmer Sy, Ana Marie Palermo, Dindo Ramos, Bartolome Orola, Sonya Verdeflor, Lady Gles Gonzales-Pallen, and Ayesha Joy Villalfor; moremoremore

 

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SRA to intensify lobby on P2B
SIDA fund reinstatement: Yulo
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Sugar Regulatory Administration will do its homework and lobby more for the reinstatement of the P2 billion annual budget intended for the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015, that has been reduced to P500 million, this year, SRA board member Dino Yulo said yesterday.

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, yesterday blamed the SRA for the under-spending of the SIDA budget that prompted the Department of Budget and Management to reduce it.

Yulo said they are still hoping for the reinstatement of the P2 billion budget for next year. “We just have to do our homework and lobby more,” he added.