Press Release
February 16, 2016


Setting aside political differences and election rivalry, incumbent officials and election aspirants in Negros Oriental vowed to support Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III in his 2016 re-election bid.

Guingona kicked off his personal campaign on February 10 in the province to pay homage to his grandmother Josefa Tayko, mother of former Vice President Teofisto "Tito" Guingona Jr.

"I am proud to say that I trace my roots from Negros Oriental. I hailed from Mindanao but my paternal grandmother is a native of Siaton, hence I started my personal campaign in her home province," Guingona said.

Following Guingona's three-day visit in the province, members of the League of Mayors Negros Oriental Chapter came together to "strongly manifest and proudly declare" the re-electionist senator as a son of the province.

In a resolution unanimously signed by all city and municipal mayors, the Oriental Negrenses recognized Guingona's "outstanding and exemplary performance" as a member of the 15th and 16th Congress and his roots as a descendant of the illustrious Josefa Lajato Tayko of Siaton municipality as sources of pride and inspiration.

The resolution also appealed that henceforth, Guingona will also be referred to in the Halls of the Senate as "the Gentleman from the Province of Negros Oriental" aside from his current address as "the Gentleman from Mindanao."

Among the programs that Guingona firmly declared to push for are the continuance of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which he already filed for institutionalization in September 2015 through Senate Bill No. 2960, and the strengthening of the Bottom-Up Budgeting System that empowers local government units (LGUs) to directly and immediately implement programs and projects at the grassroots level.

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