Guv wears yellow ribbon pin to show support for President

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


IN A show of support for President Benigno S. Aquino III amid the controversy on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. wore a yellow ribbon Tuesday.

He also confirmed that the manifesto of support for the President being signed by mayors and other officials of Negros Occidental as well as representatives of non-government organizations will be published Friday.

Marañon said the yellow ribbon pin was given to him by a friend Tuesday.

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Last week, Aquino asked Filipinos to wear yellow ribbon after a businessman asked him during "Daylight Dialogue: The Good Governance Challenge" in Malacañang on what the President exactly wanted from the public to help his government continue reforms and sustain economic gains after the Supreme Court declared key parts of the DAP unconstitutional

A Malacañang official, however, said later that the President’s statement on wearing a yellow ribbon shouldn't be taken seriously.

"Aquino is the only President after President Roxas who extended huge projects to the province. We will also include those projects in the manifesto," Marañon said.

Meanwhile, both Marañon and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson believe that President Aquino won't be impeached.

"I am 101 percent sure he won't be impeached. I believe that majority of the Filipinos still support PNoy as he has helped many Filipinos through his projects. He has done a lot for the country,” the governor said.

He added: “When he took over, the country had so much problem especially on graft and corruption and the Filipino people lost confidence in the government. But now he was able to bring back that confidence of the people to the government."

For his part, Lacson said an impeachment case is a political exercise and if they don't have the numbers in Congress, it won't prosper.

"But what I can see is that when the President steps down in 2016, he could be facing charges for technical malversation on the DAP issue. I don't think they have the numbers to impeach him now but he could be facing charges when he is no longer president," the vice governor said.

Also, Marañon and Lacson shared the same opinion that there is no need to grant the President emergency powers to solve the power crisis.

"I don't understand the need for emergency powers because the President has enough powers to address that issue,” Lacson said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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