MANAPLA Ayala Land senior vice president Emilio Tumbocon, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Senator Cynthia Villar, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Korina Sanchez Roxas and ANP president Ina Gaston ring the Arima Bell to signal the start of the 30 th Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City last night*( CPG photo )

Poe no threat to Roxas,
wife, supporters claim

MAKATI CITY - The wife of Liberal Party presidential aspirant Mar Roxas and his supporters yesterday said they are not threatened by Senator Grace Poe's possible entry into the presidential race, as their candidate still has the best qualifications to lead the nation.

Korina Sanchez Roxas, who was at the opening of the 30 th Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center here, when asked if Poe's entry was a threat, said: “We're kind of relaxed, because I think it's just all about believing in your brand and being his wife, of course, I'm biased, I think he is the best person and the best brand.”

She said her husband is “Ilonggo, he's one of your own. So I guess that's good enough a reason to put back a Visayan in Malacañang, it's about time.” moremoremore

Local NPC wants
freedom in choice of president


If the Nationalist People's Coalition will support Senator Grace Poe in case she decides to run for president, Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco yesterday said they will ask the NPC national leadership to make Negros Occidental a “free zone” in next year's election.

Zayco, who is the NPC provincial chairman, yesterday maintained that he is committed to support the presidential bid of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Poe will make an “important announcement” today in connection with the 2016 elections, a statement from her office said. moremoremore


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conservation of Tañon Strait

Oceana Philippines, an advocacy organization focused on ocean conservation, has highlighted the need for a concerted effort to protect the marine rich Tañon Strait between the islands of Negros and Cebu from further degradation.

As part of its “Save Tañon Strait: Our Seas, Our Life” conservation program, Oceana Philippines and its partners launched Monday at a mall in Dumaguete City, its five-day road show photo exhibit that features the vast richness of the resources of Tañon Strait, declared by law as a protected seascape and the largest by far in the Philippines.

Oceana vice president Gloria Ramos told Dumaguete reporters after the opening of the photo exhibit that there is hope for Tañon Strait now with a new direction and management plan being undertaken by all stakeholders, compared to several years ago.moremoremore