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Vice Gov. Lacson Turns Down Gov. Marañon Anew

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Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson declined anew the endorsement of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., for him to run for congressman in the province’ 1st district.

TACLOBAN GUESTS. Tacloban City-based provincial newspaper publisher Nestor Abrematea (4th from left) who is also currently a town councilor, with his fellow town councilor (3rd from left), treat Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) reporter Eugene Adiong (1st from left) and NDB editor Arman Toga (2nd from left) after the closing ceremonies recent of the Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) national conference at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod.*

BALIKBAYAN HENRY LIB. Former Bacolod City Mayor’s Office (Mayor Alfredo Montelibano Jr.) executive and now US resident and travel writer Henry Libo-on, center, in a chance coffee table encounter with NDB editor Arman Toga (left) and reporter Eugence Adiong at Sea Breeze Hotel lobby in Bacolod last week. Henry used to write a regular column with NDB.* (Tom Stallone photo)

Lacson reiterated he is politely declining the endorsement of Marañon.

Marañon yesterday said that he is endorsing anew Lacson to run for congressman in the first district, as he claims that the latter is a sure winner.

Why, Maranon said, is he (Lacson) afraid to run and who is he afraid of?

Vice Gov. Lacson, when asked to comment, said “It is not about being afraid but about respecting the decision of (graduating 1st district) Cong. Jules (Ledesma), in the same manner that they would respect the decision of Tito Freddie (Governor Marañon) in the second district.”

Ledesma is considered to be the political patriarch in the first district in a similar manner that Marañon is in the second.

Earlier, Vice Gov. Lacson said he is not in the race as far as the congressional seat in the first district is concerned.

He said there are only two probable candidates being considered by Love Negros Team, last termer Escalante City Mayor Melecio “Biboy” Yap and Provincial Board Member Renato “Rene” Gustilo who is also on his last term as board member.

Army Honors Fallen Soldiers

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By Edith B. Colmo

Giving impetus to the national heroes day celebration, and the 29th Founding Anniversary yesterday, August 31, of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, the inauguration of the Heroes Park and Heroes Monument at the Brigade’s compound in Camp Gerona, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental was held. Guests of honor were Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commander, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed at Camp Jaena, Jamindan, Capiz, and Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr represented by Board Member Salvador Escalante. Anniversary theme: “Paghiliugyon para sa kalinong kag kauswagan sang Negros” (unity for peace and progress of Negros).

HONORING THE FALLEN SOLDIERS. Left photo, L-R: Maj. Gen Rey Leonardo Guerrero, commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division, PA; Col Francisco Delfin, commanding officer, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante, representing Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., and the widows of soldiers of the Brigade who were killed in action, lead the inauguration of the Heroes Park and Heroes Monument erected for them as heroes of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Camp Gerona, Murcia, Negros Occidental, highlighted the national heroes day celebration yesterday, August 31, 2015.* (CGS photos)

Cutting of Ribbon lead by Very Rev. Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, O.S.A. Prior Provincial, Augustinian Province of Sto.Niño De Cebu and assisted by Rev. Fr.Pedrito A. Aparece, OSA School President, CSA-Bacolod and Rev.Fr.Danilo Carido VP-Finance Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod during blessing and groundbreaking of the proposed CSA-Gymnasium last August 28, 2015, Feast Day Celebration of St.Augustine at Open Ground.*(PR Photo)

Col Francisco Delfin, commanding officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade expressed gratitude to all stake holders for their continued support to the army.

MG Guerrero lauded the men in uniform for unselfishly serving the country to the point of laying their own lives. “Let us value the lives of these soldiers who are heroes in this province,” Guerrero stated.

There were 35 soldiers assigned at the 303rd Infantry Brigade who have fallen having been killed in action during ambushes and encounters with the insurgents, from August 2000 until May 2013. He also appealed to all partners and stakeholders to continue their support to the men in uniform in order to put closure in the conflict areas and rededicate themrselves to carry on the peace agenda in the countryside.”

Board member Escalante encouraged everyone and the men in uniform as well as stakeholders of peace, to continue the good work, for the people are expecting much from them. But, he also expects that the provincial government will always support the peace endeavor of the 303rd Brigade.”

CHMSC Wins 2nd, 3rd Places in Interschool Robotics Contest

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Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) beams with pride for the Second Place finish of CHMSC-Binalbagan Team B and the Third Place finish of CHMSC-Alijis at the Fifth Interschool Robotics Competition held on August 27 at Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod.

CHMSC-Alijis faces off with CHMSC-Binalbagan Team B (right) in the robot arena elevated an inch to make the Sumo-bot matches more difficult to maneuver.*

Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation Launches Feeding Program

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The Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation Inc. (BBBFI) recently launched its 4th year Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) feeding program in Barangay Mantaangan, E.B. Magalona with Mrs. Dominique “Nikki” Benitez, wife of Third District Congressman Alfredo Benitez, representing the Congressional Spouses Foundation.

Busog Lusog Talino Launch in EB Magalona. (left to right) Alicante ES principal Roger Vasquez, Alicante Punong Barangay Gelita Parcon, Mrs. Nikki Benitez, Mantaangan ES principal Michael Jagurin, and Mantaangan PB Elmer Samanion.*

Hearing Aids for Talisay PWDs

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Talisay City First Lady Sheila Yap-Saratan led the screening for People with Disabilities (PWDs) especially those with hearing impairment which was done last Monday at the Talisay City Public Plaza.

TALISAY’S FIRST LADY SHEILA YAP-SARATAN – with the people of Talisay who underwent the Screening of Hearing of PWDs with Hearing Impairment recently.* (Glenn Almonia photo)