I am saddened by the latest development concerning the Negros Island Region, however I respect President Duterte's decision for its abolition.
I was there in the campaign to extend the recognition of the NIR and did my share when push came to shove. I filed P.S. Resolution No. 203 last October 17, 2016. Let me reassure you that we will not stop looking for reasons to have the NIR re-established.
Also, I believe that the two provinces will definitely play a key role in the President's vision to move our form of government towards federalism. And, in the coming budget deliberations we can see to it that development programs for the three provinces will be funded.
Source: Senate of the Philippines