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Ferrer miting de avance,
birthday today

Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th Distirct), congressional candidate of the United Negros Alliance, will hold a caravan and miting de avance on his birthday today.
This will be the longest caravan in the 4th District that will start at 2 p.m. in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City and proceed to La Carlota City, a press release from his camp said .

A mass will be held at the Calumangan Church and 700 vehicles will join the caravan, the press release said.

It will pass through the 4th District towns and cities - Bago, Pulupandan, Valladolid, San Enrique, Pontevedra and La Carlota City.
A crowd of 10,000 or more during the miting de avance is expected, the press release said.

Governor Alfredo Maranon, Jr., and candidate for Vice Governor, Board Member Dr. Melvin Ibañez, Board Member Joven Alonzo, local government officials, barangay officials, and the people from the 4th district will join them, it added.

It also added that Ferrer considers his re election bid as a big challenge but because of his good performance and his character, he expects to gain a big margin of votes in the May 23, 2013 election, the press release said.

"This is a good exercise for me to prove if the people still want me or not. But because I am doing my best effort and performance in serving our people serves as my big advantage," he said.

Ferrer started his political career as a Barangay Kagawad of Barangay 1, La Carlota City in 1990 to 1998. He was elected councilor in 1998 to 2004, elected mayor in 2004 to 2007 and is will be on his 3rd term if re-elected in the May polls, the press release said.
He asked the people of the 4th district to give him one more term for him to continue his plans and projects in his beloved district, it added.*

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Guv gets support
of Albee relatives

United Negros Alliance standard bearer re-electionist Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday thanked the marginal sectors for the outpouring of support as he renewed his call on Negrenses not to sell their votes on May 13.

He also reminded them of the circulation of counterfeit money in many parts of the province since two weeks ago as confirmed by the Philippine National Police, a press release from UNA said.

Marañon, who addressed an early morning crowd of 3,000 supporters gathered beside the Ceres Bus Terminal and was joined by his runningmate Board Member Melvin Ibañez, was upbeat after being told that relatives and leaders of Rep. Albee Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) were among those in the crowd supporting his re-election bid.

Among those who joined Marañon in his Victorias City sortie yesterday were Benitez’s grandfather and incumbent Mayor Severo Palanca, who is running for vice mayor; former Silay City Mayor Edwin Velez, and ex-Talisay City Councilor Joemarie Astorga, who are both eyeing seats in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the third district.

Marañon’s party then headed for a big political gathering in Himamaylan City, the press release said.

Ibañez, who sang the theme of top-rating ABS-CBN drama teleserye, “Please Be Careful With My Heart”, was a hit among young crowd, the press release said.

They sang along with him and the Negros First Talents, who provided the entertainment numbers during the two-hour early morning show.

Ibañez reiterated his legislative priorities in support of the Negros First! Agenda, his advocacy on optimum health care, the expansion on the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program, free hospitalization and other medical services and anti-dengue campaign, the press release added.*

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Complaints aired
versus dumpsite

Residents of Sitio Molobolo, Brgy. Himaya, Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental recently submitted their petition to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources VI against the establishment of the open-pit garbage disposal at their barangay.

Hinigaran Mayor Hermilo Aguilar yesterday said the creation of the dumpsite had been approved by the DENR, and noted that most of those who signed the petition are not even residents of the barangay.

A copy of the petition sent to DAILY STAR claimed that the creation of the open-pit garbage site is no longer allowed under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

It also said its location is an agricultural area where there are standing crops intended for sale and consumption and harmful chemicals from the garbage can damage their yield, affect their livelihood, and can cause diseases and sickness to residents particularly to children and elderly.

It also said an open-pit dumpsite will result in civil, criminal, and administrative sanctions against persons who persist in its operation.

Aguilar said they rented the area owned by the Coruña family and the issue was a result of a family dispute, which their town got dragged into.

He added that in August the local government unit will buy its own land for a garbage site to avoid conflicts.

Meanwhile, a copy of the petition was also furnished the Office of the Vice Mayor of Hinigaran, its Sangguniang Bayan members, barangay council members of Brgy. Himaya, DENR-Quezon City, and Negros Occidental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. *LTG

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Bayan Muna
supports Magsaysay

Bayan Muna president Satur Ocampo is endorsing former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. for election back to the Senate, a press release from BAYAN said.

"In his previous term as senator, Jun Magsaysay showed a high degree of integrity, diligence and competence in serving the public interest," said Ocampo in a statement.

"Particularly commendable was his firm determination to uncover, document, and recommend the prosecution of accountable public officials in the nefarious P750 million fertilizer fund scam under the Arroyo government,” Ocampo added.

Ocampo recalled that former Magsaysay supported the call of the workers for legislated substantial wage hikes and increased support for Filipino farmers, the press release said.

"He champions rural industrialization as an important program for economic development, Ocampo also said. "He deserves to be returned to the Senate," the press release added.*

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People & Events
Guv gets support of Albee relatives
Complaints aired versus dumpsite
Bayan Muna supports Magsaysay

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