sugar photo OIC District Collector Benjur Araban, SASO Deputy chief Edgardo Lumanog, SASO chairman Manuel Lamata, Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa and SASO chief Joel Goltiao (l-r) inspect the smuggled sugar at a warehouse in the Port of Zamboanga.* (CPG photo)

Sugar, drug smuggling
increase as polls near

ZAMBOANGA CITY – An increase in sugar smuggled into the country,suspected to contain drugs, has been noted with the approach of the May polls.

This was disclosed by Manuel Lamata, chairman of the Sugar Anti Smuggling Organization of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippine, who, along with SASO and Bureau of Customs officials inspected 11,935 bags of seized smuggled sugar valued at about P30 million at the Port of Zamboanga here yesterday.

The sugar from Thailand was shipped into the Philippines via Malaysia on board M/V Nurhuda. The sugar and the vessel were seized by Task Force Zamboanga, composed of the Army, Navy, Police, and Marines on March 3, Edgardo Lumanog Jr., SASO deputy chief, said. moremoremore

Mayor's son
nabbed at checkpoint

The son of a mayor in central Negros and his companion were arrested last night at a police checkpoint in Brgy. 3, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, for violation of the Comelec gun ban.

Police Inspector Junjie Liba, La Carlota City deputy police chief, identified one of the arrested suspects as Beer Nicor, son of La Castellana Mayor Alberto NIcor.

Liba, who supervised the conduct of the checkpoint, said they recovered a 10-shooter .22 caliber magnum revolver from Nicor and his driver, who were on board a Mitsubishi Pajero. They were intercepted, while on their way to La Carlota, he added. moremoremore


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EDC to expand
Negros geothermal output

The Energy Development Corporation is applying for an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the proposed increase in the geothermal capacity of its Southern Negros Geothermal Project.

From its current 222.5MW, EDC seeks to expand its output to 282.5MW. The additional 20MW will be allocated for its Nasuji Power Plant that was put in preservation mode since 2014. The remaining 40MW will be reserved for future developments.

"We are taking the necessary steps to supply additional sources of clean, renewable, reliable power to sustainably power Negros Island's growing economy," said Vicente Omandam Jr., EDC's project management senior manager for its Negros Island Geothermal Business Unit. "This includes taking all possible measures including engineering designs to minimize the number of trees that will be affected by our impending geothermal expansion projects. Because of these proactive measures, less than a hundred trees will be impacted, contrary to earlier fears that more than a thousand would be affected.".moremoremore