The Visayan Daily Star

Tight Rope: Year in office

Thursday, July 6, 2017

All elected officials, except those in the barangays have now completed one year in office. The President is expected to deliver his State of the Nation Address and as surely as tomorrow will come (unless Divine Providence intervenes) he will be telling the nation all the good things, the successes, that he had achieved.

Strong in this area will be his campaign against illegal drugs. If we measure this campaign in terms of the number of users, pushers and protectors exterminated, he has mainly succeeded. If we take it in terms of the guilty and innocents lives that paid for this “success” then he is a total failure.

‘Choice of vice guv in 2019 up to Albee'

on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday reiterated that he will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) in whatever position he runs for in 2019.

“It is up to Albee to decide” if he will run for governor of Negros Occidental or for senator, Marañon said, in reaction to support aired by the mayors of the third district for Benitez for governor.

Burial aid ‘game changer' launched

on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday launched a program that will provide P10,000 in burial assistance toindigents in the third district of Negros Occidental, which is estimated to cost about P30 million annually.

Benitez, who just returned from a two-week course on “Leadership in Developing Countries” at Harvard University in the United States, led the launching of the Asenso Metro 3 rd Burial Assistance Program, along with the mayors of the third district, at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.

Mayors back Albee for guv

Brother of Benitez eyed for  congressman in 3rd district 

on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The mayors of the third district of Negros Occidental and a partylist congressman yesterday said they will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) should he opt to run for governor in 2019.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his last term, had also said earlier he would support Benitez should he run for governor or senator in 2019. Both the governor and Benitez belong to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakasng Bayan party of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Talisay, Murcia cagers rule Albee Cup

on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

After splitting top honors in men and women's volleyball, Talisay and Murcia went on to share the limelight in the basketball finals of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest.

The Talisay cagers, led by Mayor Niel Lizares, beat Victorias City cagersin the finals of the 40 Updivision to bag the championship, while Murcia streaked past Talisay in the 39 Below category to claim the title. The Murcia basketeers finished second runner-up in the 40 Up.

NOCHP serves 250,987, P134M spent for indigents

on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

KABANKALAN CITY - The Negros Occidental provincial government, through its Comprehensive Health Program, has spent P134.2 million for medicines and hospital expenses of 250,987 patients, who are beneficiaries of the program, as of May 31, this year, its reports show.

Ma. Mina Pellejo, NOCHP head, and Barangay Captain Arthur Villaflor, distributed health cards to 1,546 recipients in Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City,yesterday.*

Talisay, Murcia spikers capture title in 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sporfest

on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Talisay City and Murcia town split top honors in volleyball during the championship round of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest held in Victorias City during the weekend.

It was a heartbreaking weekend for the E.B. Magalona spikers as its men’s volleyball team bowed to Talisay in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-14, while its lady spikers yielded to Murcia in a five-set thriller, 25-27, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 13-15.

Murcia placed third in the men’s group by beating Victorias, 31-29, 25-12, while Silay won the battle for third in the women’s department also against Victorias, 25-14, 25-10.

Talisay, EB Magalona frontrunners in Albee Cup Inter-LGU tournament

on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Team Talisay remains a force to reckon with as they dominate the basketball and men’s volleyball, while the E.B. Magalona women’s volleyball teams surged to the top during the 4th weekend of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Tournament hosted by E.B. Magalona.

EB Magalona team with Mayor Marvin Malacon and Dr. Francisco Benitez (3rd and 4th from left).*

Silay men’s spikers suffered twin losses to EBM and Talisay in volleyball games held at the Barangay Tabigue Covered Court. In the women’s category, EBM beat Victorias but the latter bounced back with a win against Silay.

Unega, Love Negros merger still likely

By Carla P. Gomez on Thursday, June 15, 2017

A merger between the United Negros Alliance and Love Negros is still possible with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. having said that he will support the senatorial or gubernatorial bid of Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) in the 2019 polls, Board Member Salvador Escalante, Unega secretary general, said yesterday.