ROXAS Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (4 th from left) with sugarcane industry leaders Pablo Lorenzo III, Edith Villanueva, Ma. Regina Martin, Pia Uygongco, Manuel Lamata (l-r, seated), Francisco dela Rama, Enrique Rojas, Terence Uygongco, Bernard Trebol and Danilo Abelita (l-r, standing), at the Philsutech national convention in Cebu City yesterday.*
( Butch S. Bacaoco photo)

PNoy orders all agencies to
complete NIR transition

President Benigno Aquino III has directed all heads of national government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to designate their interim regional directors for the Negros Island Region not later than October 1, and to complete transition measures by Jan. 1, 2016 in time for the opening of the NIR.

The directive of the president that should take effect immediately is contained in Memorandum Circular No. 81, s. 2015, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa on August 6.

The memorandum directs all heads of national government agencies, including GOCCs, to extend full assistance in the transition to the NIR.moremoremore

Lacson could run
for governor or VG

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has ruled out running for congressman of the first district of Negros Occidental, and may instead run for governor or vice governor under the Love Negros ticket in the 2016 polls.

As for the Love Negros congressional candidate for the first district, it boils down to either Board Member Renato Gustilo or Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap, he said.

Rep. Julio Ledesma is on his last term as congressman of the first district. moremoremore


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No extrajudicial killing try
on suspected drug pusher

There was no extrajudicial killing attempt that happened in Dumaguete City as earlier complained by drug suspect Romeo Amoma Jr., who reproduced copies of a video that went viral and reached the Commission on Human Rights central office.

Amoma, 32, of Barangay Taclobo, Dumaguete City, had sought the assistance of the CHR in seeking justice for what he believes was a plot to kill him, allegedly by members of the PNP's Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group on Dec. 14, 2014.

In the closed-circuit television camera footage, Amoma claimed he was fired upon three times by the back-rider of a motorist, later identified as Palix Acabal, with the use of a .45 caliber pistol, but missed..moremoremore