‘LIFE GOES ON’
Negros Island Region won’t hurt WV economy
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE proposed Negros Island Region (NIR) will not hurt the economy of Western Visayas, an official of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) said.
"Life goes on here in Panay and Guimaras without Negros Occidental. Indi man gid magtahaw ang pag-uswag diri sa aton (Progress won’t slow down here in Western Visayas)," said Atty. Raul Anlocotan, NEDA-6 assistant regional director.
“We pursue our economic growth and the boom is already there. Wherever we go, we see buildings sprouting in major highways and we see developments not only in Iloilo City but in Guimaras, Northern Iloilo and particularly in Northern Panay and Boracay,” he added.
The NIR aims to lump Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental into one administrative region.
Negros Occidental comprises more or less 32 percent of the more than 2 million population of Western Visayas the region. It is also one of the largest producers of sugarcane aside from rich its tourism potential.
Tupas, Causing clans back Raul?
By: Louine Hope Conserva
ILOILO Vice Governor Raul “Boboy” Tupas is claiming that he has the support of his mother, siblings and the rest of their relatives in his plan to run for 5th district congressman.
Citing his conversations with clan members, Raul said he believes they are with him in his quest for the fifth district congressional seat.
Raul’s decision to run next year put him at loggerheads with his brother Rep. Niel “Jun-Jun” Tupas Sr. who anointed his wife Atty. Yvonne Angeli Lee as his successor.
Raul said their mother, former Barotac Viejo mayor Myrna Causing-Tupas advised him to pursue his plan.
“Her advice is ‘If you have decided, campaign hard because you will win’,” he said.
Inmates tightlipped on BJMP deaths
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon
THE investigation of the deaths of two inmates in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) District Jail in Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City hit a snag with the silence of other inmates.
For now, investigators are sure of one thing: the deaths of Kristian Buivan and Lenin Gerd Salvalosa were not suicide.
Chief Inspector Herbert Ballego, Jaro police chief, said they got no revealing statements from the interviews they conducted among the inmates.
“We elicit nothing from them that could be a big help in the investigation. This might take a while,” Ballego said.
With police facing a blank wall, Ballego said they would seek information from “outside” the jail facility.