Marañon to Degamo: ‘Make a stand on one-island region’

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Wednesday that Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo should make a definite statement on his stand regarding the proposed one-island region.

"As St. Paul said, 'For those who believe no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.' Tell him about that quote I'm sure he understands that," Marañon said.

His issued the statement as Degamo reportedly said that majority of the people of Negros Oriental, or about 70 percent, are opposing the move to group into one region Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. Degamo was quoted as saying that they are happy with their present set-up with Region 7.

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"That is contrary to the statement of the majority of Negros Oriental officials who were here during the consultation and in fact, not one of them expressed an opposition to the one-island region move,” Marañon said.

The Oriental officials also said that they don't get an equal slice of the budget from Central Visayas Region, the governor said.

Marañon said that Degamo should get the exact sentiments of the local officials and residents of Negros Oriental, and he should not base his statement on non-scientific surveys.

Degamo reportedly based his statement on a survey through text and call conducted by a radio station in Dumaguete City.

Maranon said that Degamo’s statement is politically motivated because he is in a political conflict with other local officials of Negros Oriental who attended the consultation-dialog on the one-island region in Bacolod City last month.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 10, 2014.

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