FORMER congressman lawyer John Orola of the lone district of Bacolod was endorsed by former President Joseph Estrada during his visit in the city on March 1.

Orola's hand was raised by Estrada during the United Opposition's political rally at Barangay Handumanan in the city.

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Orola who served as congressman for one term in 1998 to 2001 is running for congressional post again.

He lost by a big margin to incumbent Representative Monico Puentevella, now a mayoralty candidate against incumbent Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Reports have it that aside from Orola, businessman and independent mayoralty candidate Vladimir Gonzales, was also endorsed by Estrada.

Orola said he would be glad to serve the Bacoleños again.

He believes Bacolod could develop a man-made attraction for another tourist destination in Central Philippines.

He said the City Government and the business sector should join efforts and resources to create new tourist attractions such as the development of Sum-ag and Cabug Ricer for river cruise, the Sanctuary Isle in Punta Taytay for eco-tourism and Pahanocoy Mangrove Farm for environmental program.

Orola also proposes the creation of Tourism Enterprise Zone for the business and the private sectors to avail of government assistance in the development of private properties for tourism projects.