‘Drilon a traitor to the sugar industry’

An official of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) called Senator Franklin Drilon a “traitor to the sugar industry” after it was revealed that he was one of the senators who voted to reduce the excise tax on High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) when the Senate was deliberating on the matter recently.

Manuel Lamata, president of United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines (Unifed) said during a press conference Saturday in Talisay City, that sugar industry stakeholders “are greatly disappointed on the actuation of Drilon”.

2 soldiers wounded in Himamaylan clash with rebels

Responding AFP chopper forced to land in sugarcane field due to trouble

Two soldiers of the 62nd Infantry Battalion were wounded in two encounters with the communist terrorists in the hinterlands of Himamaylan City yesterday morning.

EMERGENCY LANDING. The PAF helicopter that made an emergency landing, after developing trouble at around noontime yesterday, at a sugarcane field in Brgy. Pilar, Hinigaran, some 500 meters from the national highway.*(Arman Toga photo)

Cong. Benitez files reso to probe sugar price drop

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the continuous drop in the mill gate prices of sgar in the country.

Benitez, in House Resolution No. 1512 said, the latest data for crop year 2017-2018 “showed that mill gate prices continued to decline starting September 2017 dropping by 26 percent to P1,190 per 50- kilogram bag as of November 5 from P1,618 per 50-kg bag in the same period last year.”

CPP-NPA officially declared ‘a terrorist organization’

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday issued an order officially declaring the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed component of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), a terrorist organization, making good on an earlier threat to do so after breaking peace negotiations with the Left.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who made the announcement in a press briefing at Malacañang, said the presidential order actually cites the “CPP-NPA” as the terrorist group.

WV is higher in LET National Passing Percentage: BCC tops in Negros Occidental

Western Visayas is higher in passing percentage than the national passing percentage in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) conducted in September 2017 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) according to Ms Blesilda Masangcay, OIC of PRC Region 6 in Iloilo City, who was part of the Regional Coorddinating council conference over the weekend hosted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), that Atty Johnson Cañete, regional director presided.

Sipalay PNP chief vows to respond to calls for help at the mine site, but...

The chief of the Sipalay City Police Office vowed to respond to all calls for assistance at the mining site of the defunct Maricalum Mining Corporaion (MMC) in Barangay San Jose, in the city.

MINING SITE TENSION. Sipalay PNP director, Chief Insp. Vargas, right, assured newsmen he will not take sides in the labor tug-of-war at the former Maricalum Mining Corp. property in San Jose. At left, just one of several equipment and machines the union eyes to be sold to get their dues.*(Arman Toga photos)

Ex-Sipalay mine workers hoping for PRRD’s help Counting on Sipalay PNP chief’s ‘fair treatment’

Leaders and members of some 1,200 workers retrenched by Maricalum Mining Corp. (MMC) some 22 years ago are confident that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will intervene to finally enable them to get what are due to them from the mining firm.

SIPALAY MINES. NAMAWU 103 union president Melecio Libo-on Jr. (left) told Negros mediamen Wednesday they are confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will look into their 22-year ordeal in claiming for what is due to them, being former workers of defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. They are also hoping that Sipalay PNP police chief, Chief Insp. Romeo Vargas will treat them fairly like GHI and other groups when they call for assistance.*(Arman Toga photos)

Sugar price decline: ARBs, workers warn of severe crisis

If the downward trend in sugar prices is not arrested, a severe crisis similar to a prolonged tiempos muertos will hit the sugar industry.

SUGAR WORKERS IN DISTRESS. The Negros Farmworkers and ARB Producers’ Federation, in a press conference at the Negros Press Club yesterday, warns of a severe crisis, similar to a protracted tiempos muertos, if sugar prices continue to decline. (L-R) Gina Barcibal, federation chair Sandrico Cornelio, Tommy Turnis, Dionesio Sanchez, Antero Imbang and Maya de Vera.*

RAM, GBFI strengthen support to revolutionary gov’t move

The Revolutionary Government (RevGov) being eyed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte got a strong boost in Western Visayas when Negros-based officials of the Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) - Guardians Brotherhood Federal Inc. (GBFI) went public Friday to express their full support.

In fact, the group will gather thousands of its members at the Bacolod Pavillion in Bacolod City to join the simultaneous nationwide Revolutionary Federal Government campaign launching this Friday, November 30.