Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Friday, January 27, 2012
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Rep. Ignacio Arroyo died with his constant companion Grace Ibuna by his side*

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Iggy dies in London

Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. (Neg. Occ., 5th District), who fought a long battle against cirrhosis of the liver, passed away in London yesterday.

Arroyo was declared clinically dead earlier in the day but last night his older brother former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and sister Ma. Lourdes Arroyo said his life support system had been removed.

The third term Negros Occidental congressman was 60.

Grace Ibuna, the congressman’s long-time companion, who has been with him in London, told the DAILY STAR that while the congressman was still on life support yesterday she pleaded with him to fight for his life and had been hoping and praying for a miracle.moremoremore

Officials air condolences
amid confusion on death

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City officials held off issuing statements on the death of Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. until late yesterday amid confusion on whether he had actually died or not.

Earlier in the day former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo announced the death of his brother in London but, later retracted, saying he was still on life support.

The confusing news of the congressman’s condition even caused the flag in front of the House of Representatives to be flown at half-mast, and later to be raised back to the top.moremoremore

Legality of revenue code
questioned before DOJ

An appeal questioning the constitutionality and legality of City Ordinance No. 565, Series of 2011, or “An ordinance approving the Revised Local Revenue Code of Bacolod City was filed by former Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella yesterday before the Department of Justice.

Puentevella said he discussed and shared the concerns raised by the business sector on the huge increase imposed in the new revenue code at a consultation Friday.

He said the gathering was attended by all the major business groups in the city and province and that among those shared during the consultation were the sentiments of businessmen and entrepreneurs of the possibility of transferring their business elsewhere if the cost of doing business in Bacolod City is already way beyond their means.moremoremore

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