WINNER Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano greets farmers during a dialog at the Bacolod Pavillion yesterday with a clenched fist.*


US keeps PH sugar share
despite Duterte-Obama
BY CARLA GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks that led to the cancellation of bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Laos last week has not affected the Philippine share of the US sugar quota.

Sugar Regulatory Administrator Gina Martin yesterday said the United States Department of Agriculture has just announced that the Philippines has been given a 142,160 MTRV (metric tons raw value) allocation for fiscal year 2017, the third largest among 40 nations.

The  US Trade Representative has allocated the FY 2017 tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) to 40 countries in accordance with U.S. obligations to the World Trade Organization and the allocation levels are the same as last year, she said. moremoremore

‘Shabu prices up 100%'
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The 90 percent cut down of illegal drugs supply in the country as reported by PNP chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa due to the relentless drug war has trickled down to Negros Occidental with its prices having gone up by 100 percent.

Due to its limited supply, the cost of shabu per gram has gone up from about P6,000 to P12,000, Senior Supt. William Señoron, Negros Occidental provincial police director, revealed yesterday.

Señoron also attributed this to the surrender of more than 11,000 drug users and pushers in Negros Occidental in the relentless anti-drug campaign, since Oplan Double Barrel and Tokhang started in July. moremoremore

 

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IN NEGROS ORIENTAL
CHR exec willing to face Senate
over minor's death in drug-bust
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The death of a 4-year old girl in an anti-illegal drugs operation in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental last month had caught the interest of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs, chaired by Senator Grace Poe.

Questions were raised as to why the child was hit in the crossfire along with her father.

Commission on Human Rights special field investigator Jess Cañete said he is willing to face the Senate if called to appear, but he cannot yet release initial reports of his investigation without affording due process to concerned police officers who were involved in the alleged buy-bust operation..