Charlie Co LOOK. Noted Negrense Artist Charlie Co has included the Visayan DAILY STAR in one of his art pieces.* ( CPG photo)

Greg raises alarm
vs. looming crisis

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said the importation of high fructose corn syrup and its impending domination in industries using sugar as an essential ingredient, feels like being dragged back to the time when the Negros sugar industry was in crisis in the early 1980's.

During a privilege speech in Congress yesterday, Gasataya recalled that, during those times, thousands of sugar workers faced hunger because of the collapse of the sugar industry. He said the United States stopped buying most of its sugar from the Philippines and sugar prices fell to its lowest.

Gasataya said that in May 1984, a boy named Joel Abong was confined in a government hospital and died two weeks later due to tuberculosis and third degree malnutrition after his picture was taken by a journalist from the San Francisco Examiner. moremoremore

NIR police strengthen defenses

The Police Regional Office 18 yesterday reminded police commanders of the “One Strike Policy” on New People's Army attacks on police stations, precincts and public safety forces patrol bases.

This was after the President Rodrigo Duterte recently lifted the Suspension of Offensive Police Operations (SOPO) against the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Citing a memorandum issued by Camp Crame, that was relayed to the PRO 18, regional police spokesperson Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral yesterday said that they were ordered to conduct major and minor offensives, with focus on combat operations against the New People's Army. moremoremore


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NORPPO on full alert to
thwart NPA attacks

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental is on full alert status to thwart possible attacks by the New People's Army after President Rodrigo Duterte recently cancelled the peace talks with the communist rebels.

Duterte Sunday said there will be no peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front, unless there was “compelling reason”.

He also lifted the unilateral ceasefire against the NPA, the armed wing of the CPP..