MERGE Rep. Lord Alan Velasco took his oath as Speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday*

‘Majority in Visayan bloc
back Velasco for speaker’

The majority of the Visayan bloc congressmen, including those from Negros Island, were among those who voted for Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque Lone District) as the new Speaker of the House yesterday, Rep. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said.

Velasco, after his election, thanked the Visayan bloc representatives for their support.

A total of 186 congressmen, or the majority of the 299 members of the House of Representatives, elected Velasco as the new Speaker but allies of Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano called the move “illegal”. moremoremore

More cops positive for Covid

Troopers of the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company have temporarily taken over the EB Magalona Police Station in Negros Occidental after its personnel were subjected to COVID-19 swab testing.

This was after one of its police personnel and a Non-Uniformed Personnel tested positive for COVID-19, PLt. Wilma Silva, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday said.

Silva, however, said that some of them had already tested negative of the virus, while the test results of others are still pending. moremoremore


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New law needed to defer
13th-month pay: Palace

Malacañang yesterday said a new law may be needed to allow the deferment of payouts of the 13th-month pay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced its plan to allow distressed micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to delay the mandated benefit to its workers.

Roque said the DOLE would have to take into consideration the current law governing the 13th-month pay.