Visayan bloc, Negros officials
support Benitez run for Senate
ALBEE: IT HAS TO BE
BY CARLA GOMEZ
MACAU – Members of the Visayan bloc in Congress and Negros Occidental officials, who met at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel here Saturday, said they are urging Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) to run for the Senate in 2016 and assured him of their solid support.
Benitez, who invited the Visayan and Negros officials here to "bond", said, "It's a thought, there will be a lot parameters that have to be ironed out and conditions to be studied carefully."
being heard now
BY CARLA GOMEZ
MACAU – Rep. Jerry Treñas (Iloilo City) said Saturday that with the creation of the Visayan bloc in the 16th Congress, they are beginning to see that the voice of the Visayas is being heard, especially in the different departments of government.
He said the bloc is ensuring that the Visayas gets an equitable share of the 2015 national budget.
Bayawan City Mayor German Sarana Jr. has withdrawn the firearms issued to members of the Sangguniang Panlugsod, except for those belonging to his political party, Vice Mayor Ismael Martinez said.
Martinez said the firearms were issued to private citizens, hired by the city as job orders and assigned in the hinterlands to monitor the detachments and outposts, city administrator Victoriano Alabastro, Public Safety Office chief Cindy Salimbagat, and to a certain Landrito Toniacao, who ran for barangay captain in Barangay San Jose but lost, and reportedly belongs to the mayor’s camp.