Ilonggos in Canada Ilonggos who welcomed Philippine President Aquino in Canada at the Roy Thomson Hall, in Toronto, included Agnes Lopez-Manasan, Odette Montelibano (3 rd from left) , Maripi Leynes and Francis Rementilla – Filipino-Canadians from Bacolod and Silay, who joined the Gawad Kalinga Canada team with Elvie Pena Tan, Raffy Fabregas and Ambassador Junever Mahilum-West (3rd from right) who facilitated the reception.*

UNA, Love Negros chance
for 2016 merger dimming?


Is a United Negros Alliance-Love Negros merger for the 2016 polls unlikely?

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., UNA head, yesterday said he has no problem with Love Negros fielding a gubernatorial bet to run against him in 2016.

The governor was reacting to the statement made by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson that Love Negros supporters at the grassroots are urging either Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) or him to run for governor of Negros Occidental in 2016 against Marañon.moremoremore

Guv: Roxas, Poe tandem
‘integrity and experience'


A Mar Roxas and Grace Poe tandem for president and vice president of the Philippines in the 2016 polls would stand for experience and integrity, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

When asked what he thought of Poe as the presidential bet instead, Marañon, who has endorsed Roxas for president, said “whatever combination will depend on what the people want.”

He said Poe is also focused and bright, and what is important is her honesty.moremoremore

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Marcos hits gov't over
plight of cooperatives

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. lambasted the present administration for being uncooperative to the country's cooperatives, when he spoke at the 36 th anniversary celebration of the Negros Oriental Union of Cooperatives, held at the Perpetual Help Credit Cooperative Inc. building in Dumaguete City Sunday.

Marcos said the Bureau of Internal Revenue is aware that cooperatives are tax exempt under Republic Act 9520, or the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008, but it is making it hard for small cooperatives to get their certificates of tax exemptions.

He said because of ignorance, there is lack of support from government. It does not understand what cooperatives can do, and the potential gains each member will get if there is a strong cooperative to support the government.moremoremore