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Another Town Bans Coca-Cola Products

The municipality of Toboso joins the growing list of local government units in Negros Occidental who have imposed a ban on the selling of Coke products during its annual Sag-ahan Festival.

In an Executive Order, Mayor Richard Jaojoco said that it imposes a “prohibition on the sale of Coca-Cola products in the municipality of Toboso during its annual town fiesta on June 9-13, 2017.

The EO cites “the unabated entry of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the country has led to the drop of sugar prices.”


The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) First Division has dismissed the petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco.

The case was filed by Jaojoco’s rival Maria Luisa Dela Cruz on October 23, 2015.

The decision, obtained by the Negros Daily Bulletin yesterday, was promulgated on May 3 but was released only on May 10 and signed by Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Luie Tito Guia and Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon.

Northern LGUs seal sanitary land fill use

San Carlos City’s nearby municipalities such as Calatrava and Toboso recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government allowing them to use the city’s sanitary landfill for dumping residual wastes.

San Carlos City Gerardo Valmayor Jr. led the signing with Calatrava Mayor Araceli Somosa and Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco.

According to Mayor Somosa, Calatrava sealed a contract with San Carlos since the municipality is still in the process of purchasing the lot for its waste disposal site.

Drug suspect nabbed in Toboso

A drug suspect was arrested in a buy bust operation at Purok 3M’s, Barangay Poblacion, Toboso town, Negros Occ. around 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21.

The Station Drug Enforcement Unit led by Police Chief Inspector Ariel Pico, Toboso PNP chief identified the suspect as Randy Abas De La Torre, 37, single, resident of the place.

Police confiscated from him two rectangular heat-sealed suspected shabu including the buy bust item in exchange for P300 marked money.

Police also recovered ten pieces P100 bills or P1, 000 allegedly proceeds in selling the prohibited drug.

Rapist father nabbed

Police arrested the father who raped his daughter for two years in Purok Punta Cruz, Barangay Poblacion, Toboso town, Negros Occ. around 4:00 p.m. Monday.

Armed with an arrest warrant, Police Chief Inspector Ariel Pico and his men pounced on the suspect identified as Mamerto Gomez Calinsag, 40, married, resident of the place.

Judge Amy Alabado Avellano of the Regional Trial Court Branch-58 in San Carlos City issued the arrest warrant dated December 19, 2017 for the crime of “incestuous rape of minor”.