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Marañon rates PNoy 87%;
Supports Charter change

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday gave President Benigno Aquino III an 87 percent rating for his performance, so far.

He also said he supports moves to amend the Constitution as there is a need for senatorial representation by regions.

“There is a need to amend the Constitution because it has many defects but it is up to the powers-that-be when it should take place,” he said.

“We need to change the manner in which senators are elected,” Marañon also said.

Electing senators at-large, as currently practiced, has allowed people from Metro Manila, movie stars and television personalities to win, he said.

Candidates should be elected per senatorial district to ensure that all the regions of the country are properly represented in the Senate, he said.

The governor, also said he expects the president to talk about the country’s improved economy under his watch at his State of the Nation Address on Monday.

Marañon said he is happy that the president has given Negros Occidental a lot of road projects and the release of funds for infrastructure work has been faster.

But the release of funds could be stepped up further to speed up infrastructure work, he added.*CPG

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