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Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. (3rd from left) with the 2013 Outstanding Negrense Awardees Emily Ann Ledesma-Longa (representing her mother, Letecia Ledesma), Merceditas Montilla, Ninfa Leonardia, Dr. Angel Alcala, and Dr. Januario John Rivas (l-r) at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.*
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Guv lauds top Negrenses

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the rites that paid tribute to the forefathers of Negros Occidental, who freed the province from Spanish colonial rule 115 years ago, and to honor five outstanding “modern-day Negrense heroes” at the Capitol in Bacolod City last night.

Negros Occidental yesterday marked the 115th anniversary of Cinco de Noviembre.

Marañon said Nov. 5, 1898 was a shining day in the history of Negros, as Negrenses gained freedom from colonizers who ruled the country for more than 300 years through sheer ingenuity, bravery, imagination and daring.moremoremore

Stresses need to
teach local history

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the history of Negros Occidental, including the victory of Negrenses over the Spaniards on Nov. 5, 1898, through sheer ingenuity and daring, should be taught to the youth of the province.

“It is sad and pathetic that very few, especially among the youth, know and understand the significance of the historic event 115 years ago," said Marañon, as the province marked the 115th Cinco de Noviembre anniversary.

On Nov. 5, 1898, revolutionaries led by Gen. Juan Araneta from Bago City and Gen. Aniceto Lacson from Silay City, carrying fake rifles fashioned from nipa stalks and cannons from rolled bamboo mats (amakan) painted black, deceived the Spanish colonizers into surrendering.moremoremore

Truth will come out,
acting OBO chief says

The acting head of the Bacolod City Office of the Building Official, Isidro Sun Jr., said yesterday that he is happy that the issue on the business permit for the expansion of Building B of the North Wing of SM City-Bacolod that was allegedly falsified was taken up so the truth will be known.

This was after criminal and administrative complaints were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas against Sun and Building Inspector Jose Maria Makilan, for violation of the Revised Penal Code and the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Sun said the issue raised against him by his section heads was already taken up during a hearing in the Sangguniang Panlungsod. He said the contractor of SM assured them that they are willing to pay, as long as it is proven that the amount in the computation of their business permit was less than what they were supposed to pay, in an interview over Aksyon Radyo.

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