“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.