bing Neg. Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (l-r) at the VMLP general assembly and election at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday* ( Andy Alvarez photo )


Official mass transfer
to Duterte party today

BY CARLA GOMEZ

There will be 218 Negros Occidental and Bacolod officials and volunteers who will take their oaths as members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan  at the L' Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City today, PDP Laban Negros Island Region secretary general Yvez Akol said yesterday.

Top PDP-Laban officials led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III – party president, and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez – secretary general, and members of the Cabinet, are expected at the mass oath-taking.

Set to take their oaths are Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., 2 board members, 20 mayors, 19 vice mayors, 120 councilors and volunteers , he said. moremoremore

Comelec junks raps vs El Cid
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Commission on Elections First Division dismissed the election protest filed by defeated vice mayoralty candidate Vladimir Gonzalez against incumbent Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran for insufficiency in form and content.

Gonzalez filed an election protest against Familiaran before the Comelec seeking a manual recount or audit of the ballots cast during the May 9 elections.

He also claimed that he was deprived of the right to personally see how the appreciation, tabulation, and computation of the ballots cast in the clustered precincts took place. moremoremore

 

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17 LGUs join Tañon Strait
park rangers training
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

About 40 participants from 17 local government units in the Visayas are undergoing training in Dumaguete City before deputation as park rangers of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape, which is the largest marine protected area in the Philippines.

The five-day training is spearheaded by the environmental conservation group Rare, in coordination with government and private partners, and is funded by the UNDP-GEF.

Rosa Antes, Rare's TSPS program manager, said in an interview yesterday, that the training and deputation of Tañon Strait protected area rangers is part of their project, aimed at strengthening and conserving marine key biodiversity areas in the country..