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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, July 18, 2015
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VP says he'll back
NIR as president

Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday said that if he is elected president, he will support the Negros Island Region because it is a good administrative move to place Negros Occidental and Oriental under one region for better coordination.

The NIR was recently created by President Benigno Aquino with the help of Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who could be Binay's opponent for the presidency in 2016.

However, Binay claimed he has supported the idea of creating the NIR ever since before.

Meanwhile, Binay was presented the Ang Murciahanon Award by Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano during a multi-sectoral fellowship at the Villamonte gymnasium in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City organized by the mayor that started at about 7:50 p.m. last night.

“We hope this token will always remind the next president of the Republic of the Philippines of the hardships and the sacrifices the Ilonggos have been going through for the past several years, and I hope this will remind him to make the lives of Negrosanons better starting 2016,” Montelibano said.

About 500 representatives from different sectors came as early as 6 p.m. for the gathering. They were entertained by song and dance numbers while waiting for the vice president to arrive.

During the program, a birthday cake was offered to Sally Barios, head of the OFW Federation of Negros Occidental, who was celebrating her birthday yesterday.

Representatives of different sectors also gave their solidarity message hoping to receive assistance from Binay should he be elected as president.

Binay said that he dreams that the day will come when Filipinos will not be forced to leave their families to work abroad to meet their daily needs. This will not happen if they are given a chance to live better lives.

This is the start of a new beginning in the lives of Negrosanons because they have with them Binay, who has been mayor of Makati since 1986 and was able to provide a bright future for the people of his city, he said.

Binay, who is in Negros Occidental for what appears to be a three-day campaign sortie, said we have a long way to go before we could improve the lives of the Filipinos.

“The Philippines is also facing a big challenge because of the implementation of the economic integration in Asia, he said, adding that the competition is so stiff.*CGS






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