Mar - Coscolluela Mar Roxas (2nd from left) with former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela, Silay Mayor Jose Montelibano and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (l-r) at the Club Filipino*

Negros officials hail PNoy
choice of Mar for president
It will be good for NIR – guv

President Benigno Aquino yesterday declared Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, who has roots in Negros Occidental, to be the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 presidential election.

“The one who has shown exemplary work, and true integrity, the one fully ready to continue the Straight Path, is none other than Mar Roxas,” Aquino said at the Club Filipino in San Juan City yesterday, amid cheers and applause from the crowd that included Negros Occidental officials from the United Negros Alliance and Love Negros.

Roxas, in turn, said “I accept the challenge…to continue, expand, and fight for the straight path.” moremoremore

Poe on Roxas: I wish him well;
Binay camp: He's incompetent

Senator Grace Poe yesterday wished Mar Roxas well, while Vice President Jejomar Binay's camp called him “incompetent” after President Benigno Aquino named him the standard bearer of the Liberal Party.

Binay has long announced his bid for the presidency, while it is not known if Poe who has been leading in the surveys, will run for the post. The camp of Roxas is still hoping she will run as his vice president.

In a statement, Poe thanked President Aquino for considering her as one of those who could continue his “Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)” vision. moremoremore


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Quarry operator may face
raps for ‘tampered' permit

A quarry operator may face criminal charges for allegedly using a tampered permit, that bears the signatures of Gov. Roel Degamo and provincial administrator Richard Enojo, to transport quarry materials outside Negros Oriental.

Enojo identified the operator as Alona Ator, daughter of Siaton Mayor Albert Ator, adding the permittee had successfully shipped one barge of sand on July 8, 2015 to an unverified destination, using the ore transport permit issued May 4, 2015, with control number 1500705.

Upon verification, the OTP had a tampered date of issuance which is June 24, 2015, and the same control number, and Enojo said this is a clear recycling of permits which is violative of existing laws. moremoremore