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Sugar leaders in Negros Occidental oppose excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages

Monday, May 22, 2017
By Marchel P. Espina

SUGAR leaders in Negros Occidental have expressed strong opposition to the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages as it could hurt the industry.

In a statement issued Sunday, May 21, former vice governor Emilio Yulo III, spokesperson of Sugar Alliance of the Philippines, said the move “will further bring the sugar industry down.”

Benitez has senate slot in Duterte’s party

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez was given a slot by the party of President Rodrigo Duterte should he decide to run for senator in the 2019 elections.

This was revealed Tuesday, May 9 by Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who said it was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary-general of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, who offered the senate slot to Benitez.

Dev’t of Negrense-backed theme park in Silay City takes off

Monday, April 03, 2017
By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD. Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez (2nd from left), with Silay City Mayor Mark Golez (left), Reynaldo Bantug (3rd from left), Cesar Mario Mamon (3rd from right), Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd from right), and Toby Jison (extreme right), leads the groundbreaking rites for the P600-million Magic Island theme park in Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City Sunday. (Glazyl Y. Masculino)

SILAY CITY – The P600-million theme park called Magic Island that will soon rise in this northern Negros Occidental city is positioned to steer economic development for the province, particularly in tourism.

Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, the prime mover of the project situated in Barangay Guinhalaran, said the dream of having a catalyst for growth in the province’s tourism industry is now a reality.

Lawmaker: ‘Postponement of brgy. polls 90% likely’

Monday, April 3, 2017

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez Sunday, April 2, said the postponement of the barangay elections set in October is 90 percent likely.

The issue on who will appoint the new set of barangay officials will take a little bit of discussion, he said.

“There are several groups that don’t feel easy about appointing public officials. The first question is who will appoint? If the president will appoint, he doesn't know all the barangay officials so he will need recommendations and who will do that,” Benitez said.

Lawmaker: Federal PH seen before end of Duterte admin

Saturday, March 18, 2017

BACOLOD. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia (center) with Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado (2nd from left) and Negros Occidental lawmakers Alfredo Benitez of 3rd District (left), Mercedes Alvarez of 6th District, and Greg Gasataya of Bacolod (right) during the consultation on constitutional reform in the city Friday, March 17. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)

VISITING Southern Leyte Lone District Representative Roger Mercardo said Friday, March 17, the Philippines could have a federal form of government before the end of term of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2022.

Benitez seeks probe on takeover of gov’t housing units

Friday, March 17, 2017

NEGROS Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez (3rd District), chairman of House committee on housing, is pushing for an investigation into the takeover of government housing units in Pandi and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan by members of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay).

Benitez cited a report of the Philippine National Police that around 500 individuals who are members of the urban poor group marched to government housing sites and occupied the housing units on March 8.

Negrense solons split on death penalty

Thursday, March 2, 2017

LAWMAKERS in Negros Occidental are divided on the proposed restoration of death penalty. On Wednesday, majority members of the House of Representatives approved on second reading the proposed measure to impose capital punishment on drug-related offenses in the country.

Some of the Negrense legislators who voted “yes” were Representatives Melecio Yap Jr. (First District) and Alfredo Benitez (Third District) while against the measure was Juliet Ferrer (Fourth District).