MERGE Negros Occidental governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) meeting with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (4th from left) and the Capitol transition team*

Bong bares priorities
Transition work at Capitol begins

Negros Occidental governor-elect Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson said yesterday he will pursue the development of a southern Negros industrial estate in Hinoba-an town even if a Japanese firm planning to build a ship recycling facility there has lost interest in the project.

He will also pursue the completion of the controversial animal hub at the Panaad Park in Bacolod City, the relocation of the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center  to Talisay City, and the further development of Mambukal Resort in Murcia to boost tourism, Lacson added.

Lacson met with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and his transition team at the Governor’s Office at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday to be briefed on projects and programs of the provincial government. moremoremore

Bishop calls for election probe
as Senate winners proclaimed

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza called on the public yesterday to air their protests against the “questionable” May 13 elections, and to demand an impartial investigation and drastic reforms to ensure the conduct of fair polls in the future.

The bishop issued the call following the proclamation of the country’s winning senators yesterday. On Tuesday, Alminaza and two other bishops called for the suspension of the proclamation of the Senate winners and for an investigation of the poll results.

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, in answer to the bishops, said “They can request the Senate for an inquiry. COMELEC is invited to appear before the Senate by Senator Koko (Aquilino Pimentel) June 2 or 4”. moremoremore


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Labor, militant leaders welcome
passage of Senate bill vs. ‘endo’

Leaders of labor and militant groups in Negros Occidental welcomed the passage of Senate Bill 1826, or the “Security of Tenure Bill”, on third and final reading at the upper house yesterday.

Voting 15-0, the senators approved the measure that seeks to end labor contractualization, or “end of contract”, in the country. It was authored by Senator Joel Villanueva.

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, was upbeat with the development, saying they hope the “endo” will be given a decent burial after the bill, certified urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte, will be signed into law.