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Good afternoon Prof. Guanzon. Below is a compilation of recent news articles concerning local governments.

Have a nice day! Prepared by: Dumayas, Daryl Ray Marquez, Hannah Camille Valdepenas, Via Monina Gokongwei named Bacolod ‘mayor’ BACOLOD CITY—Business tycoon John Gokongwei was named “honorary mayor” and adopted son of Bacolod City for his contributions to the economy. [http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/02/17/909618/gokongwei-named-bacolodmayor] Ilocos mayors ask Comelec: Give our bodyguards back LAOAG CITY—Mayors in Ilocos Norte have asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to restore their police escorts following the failed assassination of Marcos Mayor Salvador Pillos on Monday. [http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/355629/ilocos-mayors-ask-comelec-give-our-bodyguardsback] Disqualification hangs over ‘epals’ DIGOS CITY—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in southern Mindanao has ordered reelectionist politicians and other candidates to remove signs bearing their images and names from government projects or stickers displayed on vehicles or risk being disqualified. [http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/359799/disqualification-hangs-over-epals] Vice mayor Isko arrested in Manila MANILA—Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and 5 councilors were arrested in Sta Cruz Manila on Saturday for allegedly being involved in an illegal gambling activity. They were released the following day for lack of evidence. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said those who believe that Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno committed an election offense for holding a bingo event can file a complaint with the poll body. [http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/02/16/13/vice-mayor-iskoarrested-manila http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/02/17/13/mpd-releases-isko-fiveothers-lack-evidence http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/359927/the-law-applies-to-all-including-the-vice-mayoralfredo-lim http://www.philstar.com/metro/2013/02/18/910139/file-case-vs-isko]

saying his men have licensed firearms. [http://newsinfo.inquirer. [http://newsinfo. 4 to 8 that was mentioned in Tabotabo’s complaint was supported with a council resolution. Councilor Sesinando Potencioso Jr said the medical mission held last Feb.inquirer. [http://newsinfo. the body that would craft the charter of the future political entity designed to address the Moro people’s aspiration for self-governance.net/360535/radaza-holds-off-on-road-concreting-project] Mayor says he has no private army BACOLOD CITY—A town mayor in Negros Occidental has warded off allegations that he maintains a private army. Lapu-Lapu City was suspended after Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza refused to allow its completion.net/359341/mayor-says-he-has-no-private-army] .inquirer.net/360539/tuburan-mayors-allies-defend-use-of-funds] Radaza holds off on road concreting project WORK on the road concreting project in the busy Maximo Patalinhug Avenue. The mayor said the Feb.net/359791/drafting-a-new-autonomous-law-aquino-seekingbalance] Tuburan mayor’s allies defend use of funds ALLIES of Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante in the municipal council described as “baseless and politically motivated” the graft complaint filed by Tuburan Councilor Marie Tabotabo before the Ombudsman-Visayas. its asphalted part can still be used by motorists. She said if the road concreting project resumes now. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles said. it will worsen traffic in the city.inquirer. 25 start of minor repairs and asphalting of the old MandaueMactan bridge will worsen traffic congestion especially for motorists heading to Lapu-Lapu City. Radaza said while the Maximo Patalinjug Avenue is not fully concreted. [http://newsinfo.Drafting a new autonomous law: Aquino seeking balance OZAMIZ CITY—The Aquino administration wants a balance of voices among the Bangsamoro when it fills up seats in the 15-member Transition Commission (Transcom).