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Kabankalan City

Gov to Orientals: ‘Let’s Stay United as ‘Siamese Twins’ Marañon Makes Pitch for 1 Island-Region

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Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. referred to Occidental and Oriental Negrenses as “Siamese twins” and called on them to stay united as brothers over the weekend as he emphasized that Negros will have a bright future ahead of it if it is transformed as an island region.

Marañon visited this town Mabinay bordering Kabankalan City upon the invitation of municipal Mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy, a strong supporter o

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. addresses the big crowd during the 8th Langub Festival in Mabinay Saturday.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan photo)

Second District Rep. George Arnaiz greets Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. as Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria looks on.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan photo)

f the governor’s advocacy for the Negros Island Region.

Joining them were Rep. George Arnaiz, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Board Member Melimore Saycon and councilors from different towns and cities of Negros Oriental to join thousands of revelers witnessing the 8th Langub Festival.

Speaking before a crowd of 5,000, Marañon underscored the need for unity among Oriental and Occidental folk, and further paraphrased Pope Francis’ statement, “let us love one another because we are one people” as Negrenses.

Mabinay’s location, he said, is very strategic, thus it is expected to reap the benefits under the Negros Island Region set-up

Uy’s strong leadership in the campaign for the NIR was apparent in banners and streamers posted around public places including the market, town plaza and main thoroughfares.

During the third consultative assembly after Bacolod City and Dumaguete City for the proposed one island, one region hosted by this town of 84,000 people, thousands turned up to support the NIR bid.

“There is no doubt that it will all be advantageous if we become one region. Personally, I cannot think of any disadvantage,” Uy said.

It is also exciting to think that Mabinay will be very near the proposed regional center, although we agree with the recommendation of the business community—the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry—that we first establish sub-regional offices in Bacolod and Dumaguete, he added.

Cache of Firearms Confiscated by PRO-6 RIU in Raid

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Elements of Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) of the Police Regional Office-6 confiscated assorted firearms in a raid at Purok Mahogany, Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City at 6:00am yesterday.

Led by Senior Police Officer 1 Joshua Barile, they arrested Pastera De La Paz, legal age and resident of the said place.

Police operatives were armed with search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Fernandeo Elumba of Branch-61, Bacolod City.

Four assorted firearms were confiscated from the suspect.

Sinulog sa Kabankalan Tribal Headdress Contest Winners

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The innate creativity of the Negrense was showcased at the recently-concluded tribal headdress competition, one of the highlights of the 39-year old community festival. At the awarding ceremony held last January 9, 2015 at Robinsons Place Bacolod, the winners on photo below are (L-R) 2nd place - Ismael Jallorina from La Carlota City; 1st place – Josiekie Otero Jr. from La Carlota City; and 3rd place – Jeffrey Mirasol from Ma-ao, Bago City. The tribal headdress competition is unique because it requires the entry to be wearable.

Hanah Taekwondo Over-all Champ in Reg’l Tourney

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Bacolod-based Hanah Taekwodo jins started their 2015 with a bang as they captured the over-all championship title of the just-concluded Regional Carlos Palanca Jr. Taekwondo Championships held at K-Center in Kabankalan City.


1 killed, 2 Injured Over Spat in Fishing Boat

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A man who was rushed to the Lorenzo Zayco Memorial District Hospital in Kabankalan City for treatment was shot dead by a neighbor who followed him after a spat over broken parts of a small fishing boat in Barangay Guiljungan, Cauayan 10:20PM Friday.

Benny Nobleza, 46 succumed to gunshot wound in the head and chest and died inside the emergency room.

Benny was brought to the hospital for stab wound, also inflicted by suspect Jerry Tortal, 40 and his unidentified brother.

Both were neighbors in Barangay Guiljungan, Cauayan.


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