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Cojuangco, NPC bets
in Negros meet today
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, founder of the Nationalist People's Coalition, is set to meet with NPC party leaders and candidates in Negros Occidental at his home in Pontevedra town this weekend to strengthen their forces, an NPC source said yesterday.

Cojuangco is backing the gubernatorial bid of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., his runningmate, former San Carlos Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and the rest of the NPC slate in the province, and is meeting with them to listen to their concerns and an update on the political situation in Negros Occidental, the source said.

The business tycoon is set to meet with Alvarez, Lacson, the congressmen, provincial board members and the mayoral bets of the NPC from the first, second, third, fifth and sixth districts of Negros Occidental at noon today.moremoremore

DOH lauds
provincial blood bank
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial yesterday lauded the Negros Occidental provincial government for its foresight and proactive response to the need to ensure the storage of adequate blood supply to save the lives of Negrenses.

Ubial was among the speakers at the inauguration and blessing of the Negros First Provincial Blood Bank Center located in Barangay 39, Bacolod City, led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

The P18.9 million building is one of only two provincial government-owned blood bank centers in the country, the other being in Davao del Norte, Ubial said. moremoremore

Sugar Act passage
dim: Albee

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said the passage of his Sugarcane Act bill has dimmed with the 15 th Congress adjourning today.

It is unlikely to be passed now, he said, it will have to be taken up again in the 16 th Congress.

Benitez had been pushing for the passage of the bill in the Lower House and for a counterpart bill in the Senate to also be approved, but ran out of time.moremoremore



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