YAP OATH TAKING. Rep.-elect Melecio Yap (Neg. Occ. 1 st District) takes his oath of office before Judge Kathrine Go in the presence of his wife, Arlene Yap, and daughter Nicole in Escalante City yesterday.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )


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railway, ports for NIR
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The camp of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte yesterday thanked all those who helped him get “a fair share of votes” in Negros Occidental in the May 9 polls.

Congress yesterday declared in joint session Duterte the new president of the Philippines, in absentia.

“The PDP Laban Duterte Cayetano Campaign Team would like to thank God for answering the prayers of the Filipino people,” Yves Akol, PDP Laban Negros Island secretary general, said. moremoremore

Leni thanks
Bacolod, Negros again
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Leni Robredo, who was formally proclaimed the vice president-elect of the Philippines yesterday afternoon, again thanked the people of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City for their support, which contributed to her victory.

In the final official tally, Robredo won the vice presidency with 14,418,817 votes, against Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who had 14,155,344 votes, or a lead of 262,473 votes.

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City gave her 733,887 votes against Marcos' 162,072, or a lead of 571,815 votes..moremoremore

 

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P3M in ‘shabu' seized
from ‘big-time pusher'
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

A joint team of law enforcement operatives swooped down on an alleged big-time drug pusher in Siaton, Negros Oriental at daybreak yesterday, and seized some P3 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu.

The suspect, identified as Raffy Egera Cantiga of Barangay Malabuhan, Siaton town, did not resist arrest when the operatives served a search warrant issued against him by Negros Oriental Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr., dated May 25, 2016 at around 5:50 a.m. yesterday.

Acting provincial police director, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, at a press conference, said Cantiga was the subject of a long and tedious surveillance, casing and monitoring. .moremoremore