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Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra hugs Msgr. Louie Galbines (right) during his installation as vicar general Sunday.*

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Don’t hold us hostage
in political war: PACE

The Capitol employees are calling on the Negros Occidental Sanggunian to spare them from becoming “collateral damage” in a political war, and to instead grant them their P20,000 incentive bonuses and the fourth tranche of their wage increases, Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees spokesman, Rene Lastierre, said yesterday.

Lastierre said the PACE officials met yesterday and are issuing an official statement today appealing to members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to grant their request.

The members of the SP allied with Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., who is running against Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. in the May polls, have refused to approve the 2013 budget, saying the governor should provide a more itemized listing of its contents in the spirit of public accountability.moremoremore

Bet call was a joke

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said his challenging Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. to a bet was meant as a joke so he did not violate the Election Code.

“It was done as a figure of speech and as a joke; from now on I will not joke”, the governor said, when asked for his reaction to a COMELEC official’s statement on betting.

Negros Occidental Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday told the DAILY STAR he stated in a radio interview that betting is not allowed under the Election Code.moremoremore

Replacement candidate
up to family: VM

Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson yesterday said it is up to the family of businessman Andres Leonardia to decide on how to fill his slot as candidate for councilor under the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Grupo Progreso that has been left vacant with his death.

Andres “Andy” Leonardia, the elder brother of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, died at his house in Fortuna Subdivision, Silay City, Negros Occidental, Saturday.

Sayson said they will just wait for the family’s decision after they have laid to rest the cremated remains of Andy Leonardia, who had filed his certificate of candidacy for councilor under the NPC Grupo Progreso last year.moremoremore

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