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Visayas reps divided on martial law extension



Sunday, December 10, 2017
Keith A. Calayag

TWO lawmakers from the Visayas region have shared what would be their vote once the Congress deliberates the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Albee Benitez, in an interview with Sunstar, said he will vote for its extension, for as long as the imposition of martial law will not hamper the basic human rights of the people in Mindanao.

MARAWI AFTER THE WAR | Hopes of returning to life, dreams of a peaceful future



By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez (text) and Bernard Testa (photos), InterAksyon | December 8, 2017, 11:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The chorus of tiny voices of a dozen children donned in colorful shirts rang inside the provincial capitol one afternoon.

They were singing Awit sa Marawi, a local composition by a Grade 5 student about the futility of wars and hopes for rebuilding. The singing became more spirited as a senator and foreign guests arrived. When the choir finished, the guests joined them and posed for photographs.



The city once bustled with life, but now most streets are quiet. Photo from Negros Occ. Rep. Albee Benitez.

Albee Proud of his biggest catch



FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2017 - 12:00am

TAIPEI — “Guilty!” Without much ado and even before we could accuse him of anything, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Bantug Benitez pleaded “no contest” when asked how he lost his innocence. Blushing a bit, Albee started doing arithmetic.



According to Albee, in big-game fishing, a 30-kilo fish is considered the smallest catch.

Albee Benitez Businessman heeds call of public service



posted December 08, 2017 at 05:40 pm by Isah V. Red

When you’re a successful businessman, will you have time in public service?

Most men who wear suits or barong Tagalog daily to their plush offices merely smile when asked the question.

At a recent dinner in a plush Chinese restaurant in a mall in Taipei’s elegant shopping district, Alfredo Abelardo Bantug Benitez also known as Albee Benitez, smiled, albeit shyly, when we (a group of entertainment journalists spending the weekend in now visa-free Taiwan led by the feisty Lolit Solis) asked him about the news he has been included in the PDP-Laban list of men and women the party will field in the 2019 senatorial race.



Alfredo Abelardo Bantug Benitez

Benitez shoos off corrupt contractors from Marawi rehab




Published December 7, 2017, 3:56 PM
By Ben Rosario

MARAWI CITY – The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development on Thursday warned crooks behind the multi-million peso irregularities in the “super-typhoon Yolanda” housing projects to stay away from government reconstruction and rehabilitation program in this war-torn Mindanao locality.

Senior administration Rep. Albee Benitez (PDP-Laban, Negros Occidental) aired this warning as he asked the local government of Marawi City to submit the master plan for the city’s reconstruction, saying that a carefully laid urban design could make it the centerpiece of urban development.

House passes proposed "Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act"


05-December-2017, 10:06:20 AM
SOURCE: House of Representatives Press and Public Affairs Bureau


The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 6617 or the proposed "Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act" which seeks to strengthen the government's comprehensive policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, treatment, care and support, and to establish the Philippine National HIV and AIDS Plan.

The bill seeks to repeal for the purpose Republic Act No. 8504, otherwise known as the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998”.

House OKs bill on land expropriation for mass housing



By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill that will strengthen the government’s right to expropriate land for mass housing. 

House Bill 159 of Quezon City Rep. Christopher Belmonte got unanimous approval from the House plenary on Wednesday night. It allows expropriation of land even if the ownership issue is still under court litigation.

Contempo eyes 2 horizontal dev’ts



Monday, November 27, 2017

PROPERTY developer Contempo Property Holdings Inc. will launch more residential projects next year.

Beverly Dayanan, the firm’s chief executive officer, said over a thousand new house units will be added to Cebu’s housing inventory as she plans to add at least two horizontal projects, one each in the south and north of Cebu.

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