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Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. (Neg. Occ., 5 th District) blows out the candles on his birthday cake as Grace Ibuna, Sagay Mayor Alfredo Marañon Jr. (2 nd and 3 rd from left) and members of his family and friends look on.*

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Mayoralty bet's
brother posts bail, hospitalized

Ariff Gonzales, who was nabbed by the police Friday after he allegedly held up at gunpoint a former employee of Rexle Sizzlers in Bacolod City , posted bail of P100,000 Saturday.

His elder brother, businessman and Bacolod mayoralty candidate Vladimir Gonzales, however, said that Ariff had to be rushed to the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital after his arrest Friday and was still confined there as of last night, due to erratic blood sugar level and hypertension, and also had to undergo an electrocardiography examination to check his heart condition. moremoremore

Lapus transfers
Gonzales to Bago


Education Secretary Jesli Lapus has ordered the reassignment of Bacolod Schools Division superintendent Milagros Gonzales to Bago City , Education Undersecretary Ramon Bacani said.

To take her place in Bacolod City is Gemma Ledesma, current Schools Division Superintendent of Bago City , he said.

Education Regional Director Mildred Garay yesterday said the exchange in positions of Gonzales and Ledesma will take effect Nov. 3, since Nov. 2 is a public holiday. moremoremore

Let's unite to deliver the votes

Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. yesterday urged his constituents in the fifth district of   Negros Occidental   to stay united so they can deliver the votes for a president, not based on his popularity, but on his ability to   run the country.

Arroyo issued the appeal on his 59 th birthday celebrated at the Himamaylan gym and attended by Negros Occidental officials and leaders of the fifth district.

“We need to have a president who can keep the Philippines on track and keep up its economic growth because if we chose a leader like  f ormer president Joseph Estrada , look what happened to our country,” Arroyo said in an interview. moremoremore

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