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Gov. Fred Scores Sen. Bong

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“Anything you do not know, you do not comment.”

This was the reaction of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on the comment of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who said that he is not in favor of the proposed Negros Island Region (NIR).

Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao together with DOJ-PPA Administrator Manuel Co, Regional Director Charito Zamora (seated 2nd row, 6th, 5th and 4th from left respectively), some LGU councilors, members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Negros Occidental Parole and Probation Coordinating Center (NOPPCCEN) during the stakeholder’s conference on the implementation of the new Recognizance Law at the Capitol Social Hall, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

Ernesto Palanca receiving the Buklod Award, Mayor Puentevella’s Special Citation, in behalf BREDCO’s Atty. Simplicio Palanca.* (CMO-PIO photo)

“Sagay siya komentar-komentar nga wala siya labot,” Marañon said.

The senator, who visited Negros Occidental last week and even paid a courtesy call to the Governor, said the plan will depend on what form it will take, as he pointed out that the region was organized as an administrative entity.

“I don’t think it’s necessary,” he said.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate committees on local government and public works, said the proposal to merge the two Negros provinces-Occidental and Oriental-into one region will entail additional costs to everyone.

“It’s the same as re-districting. I don’t know if the concept is necessary.”

Marañon said that he wants the proposed NIR to be approved via an executive order from the President and not go through Congress.

Meanwhile, he also confirmed that he will be attending the forum on the NIR in Dumaguete City on October 25, Saturday.

‘MassKara Festival, Charter Day Rites Successful’

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The 2014 Masskara Festival and the celebration of the 76th Charter Day of Bacolod City were both highly successful.

Thus said Mayor Monico Puentevella at the end of the Charter Day parade yesterday afternoon.

CHARTER DAY. Confetti and fireworks illuminated the city skies last October 19 as Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella together with several councilors and the 2014 MassKara Queen top 3 finalists celebrated the 76th Charter Day Anniversary of Bacolod.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Sen. Cynthia Villar (4th from left) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Lapid (3rd from left) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening of Masskara City Trade Expo and Conference at the newly-opened new wing of SM City Bacolod, with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center), Silay City Mayor Oti Montelibano and councilors Carl Lopez, Em Ang, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Sonya Verdeflor.

The heavy downpour before the start of the parade at 1pm did not hinder the enthusiasm of participants and spectators alike.

Riding the first float were city officials led by Puentevella and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, followed by the 2014 MassKara Queen beauties, and the floats of various business firms, organizations, clubs and civic groups.

Puentevella during the program at the Bacolod plaza after the civil-military parade expressed thanks to the people for supporting the MassKara festival and Charter Day celebrations, saying the huge turnout of people showed strong support to the festivities.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., chairman, Committee on Publicity, Promotions and Documentation of the 76th Charter Day rites, yesterday’s parade highlighted the culmination of the 20-day festivity of Bacolod.

The daily MassKara events were spread into four venues since October 1.

The venues were the Bacolod People’s House (formerly the Bacolod Government Center or NGC) where trade fair exhibits and other programs were held; the Lacson Tourism Strip where street parties and concerts were held; the Bacolod Public Plaza, and the Baywalk-BREDCO port area.

NONECO GM Eyes Case vs WESM Rate Hike

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The general manager of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) may file a case against what it called a “unconscionable” power rate increase by the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Lone District of Bacolod Representative Evelio Leonardia, Chief Executive Officer and President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Hans T. Sy, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Silay City Mayor Jose “Oti” Montelibano cut the ribbon to open the SM City Bacolod Expansion yesterday.*

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (3rd from left) during his courtesy visit at the Capitol, yesterday. With them are (l-r) Board Member Jose Benito Alonso, Cong. Jeffrey Ferrer, Board Members Miller Serondo and Salvador Escalante, Jr. and San Enrique Mayor Mario Magno.* (Capitol photo)

Lawyer Dan Pondevilla, general manager of NONECO told the Negros Daily Bulletin yesterday that “I am ready to file a temporary restraining order (TRO) despite the adjustment it made on its recent adjustment that lowered the rate by 50 percent at the September bill,” Pondevilla said.

NONECO would have been charged P52 million with the price substitution adjustment or about 30 percent increase, he said.

He pointed out that the rate increase prior to yesterday’s 50 percent adjustment could have resulted to a billing for each NONECO consumer of about P13.90 per kWh from just about P10/kWh.

“I am checking with other electric cooperatives in the Visayas if their September bills were also adjusted and reduced. Even with the 50 percent reduction, still the rates are too high and we, with other power coops will review this new adjustment,” he said.

“I think the reduction is the result of our (electric cooperatives’) protest moves against this highly unscrupulous rate increase which we only knew when we were billed by PEMC-WESM. I think PEMC is also affected by our protest,” the NONECO GM also said.

Pondevilla said the WESM is using the “wrong model as market computation.”

Western Visayas Electric Cooperatives Association (WEVECA) will met next week where they will compare their latest billing.

MassKaraLand 2014 is On

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Bacolod City’s biggest outdoor dance festival, the MassKaraLand 2014 will be premiered today up to the 19th at the Lacson Tourism Strip starting at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

MQ 2014 Christine Joy Madamba won the pageant's Texter's Choice award while 1st runner-up Riah De Ocampo received the Miss Merzci honors during the coronation night at St. La Salle Coliseum last Friday.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)

Officials of the new Bacolod SMX Convention Center paid a courtesy call to City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella (L-R) SMX Brand Manager JB Ongsingco, AVP Director of Sale Dennis O. Salvador, Mayor Monico, Vice President in Strategic Sales & Revenue Management Ryan T. Uy at the Bacolod People’s House.*

MassKaraLand celebration will bring together 35 DJs, 4 emcees and 2 bands in one grand stage.



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