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Police monitoring
5 private armed groups


The Philippine National Police yesterday said it is possible that members of five private armed groups existing in Western Visayas, who are now inactive, may be re-hired by some politicians in the 2013 elections.

Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, regional police director of Western Visayas, has therefore ordered the police intelligence community to closely monitor the five identified private armed groups.

Cruz said the groups have histories of being used as private armies in previous elections.moremoremore

NPC’s withdrawal of
support to Ferrer strengthens UNA

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that the withdrawal of the nomination of Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer by the Nationalist People’s Coalition as its official congressional candidate in the fourth district of Negros Occidental in the 2013 elections, will strengthen the United Negros Alliance.

The withdrawal by the NPC of the CONA (Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance) issued to Ferrer reportedly stemmed from his support to the re-election bid of Marañon, instead of Vice-Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., who is the party gubernatorial bet in the election next year.

Aside from being a former NPC member, Ferrer also has a local party, United Negros Alliance, from whom he had also had a CONA signed by Marañon, its chairman, who also used to be the NPC provincial chairman.moremoremore

Alvarez questions
cost of classrooms

Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. yesterday questioned the additional classrooms proposed to be constructed at the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City on top of the 24 rooms funded by the provincial government at P40 million.

He said that, based on his calculation, the 24 classrooms cost P1.6 million each, that he added, is way higher than the standard classroom built by the Department of Public Works and Highways at P650,000 each.

“Now, you add another 10 classrooms...I don't know if that is the new model today," Alvarez said, apparently referring to the cost of each constructed NOHS classroom.moremoremore

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