By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
In light of President Rodrigo Duterte signing Executive Order No. 83, which dissolves the Negros Island Region (NIR), Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said local residents have to respect the decision of the president, although he hopes there is still a chance to appeal the decision.
“With solid and valid justifications, maybe the NIR proposition can still be given a second look by the executive branch,” he said.
The local chief executive also hopes the Negros Bloc in the House of Representatives will pursue and hasten the legislative process to put NIR back on the debating table.
In addition, Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez reportedly pointed out the said coalition is already committed to minimizing the negative effects of the region’s dissolution.
The mayor advised, as often suggested by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. when the NIR started to face rough waters, prayer./WDJ