NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday, May 22, that President Rodrigo Duterte has no reaction yet on the proposed Negrosanon Federated Region (NFR) as he is still waiting for the recommendation of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) that he tasked to study federalization.
Lacson said he mentioned to the president about the NFR which will put together Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental in one federated region if the proposal to amend the Constitution pushes through to give way to federalism.
The members of ConCom said they will present the recommendation to Duterte and the president may make amendments before he forwards it to Congress, the vice governor said. “So he has not said anything about having Negrosanon Federated Region because he wants to wait for the final recommendation," Lacson added.
Lacson said the president did not give his reaction to NFR because “he said right now, I am not sure what form of federal government we will have or will be suggested.”
"Knowing the president, if he feels that there is something to be changed, he will change it," the vice governor added.
Duterte, after his official engagement in Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City for the groundbreaking of the housing project for the police and soldiers in the province, proceeded to The Rest area of the Yanson family in Barangay Bubog, still in Talisay, where he had dinner with the members of the Yanson family and friends and some local officials.
Lacson said other officials who were at the dinner with the president were those that received the invitation like Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Calatrava Mayor Araceli Somosa, Escalante City Mayor Eddie Montero, Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles, San Enrique Mayor Jilson Tubillara, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, and Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr.
Golez rendered a song for the president.
The president departed the province at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22.
Lacson said Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. was also invited to the dinner but he was not able to make it even at the groundbreaking because he was not feeling well.