CRDMMO PREPARED. Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran (left), Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas (seated, right), who is also the cluster head on City DRRMO, and City DRRMO head Aaron Bais (2nd from left), meets with the different government agencies at the DRRMO at the Old City Hall today [Jan. 9] to prepare for rescue and relief operations as the Negros Island Region braces for Tropical Depression “Auring.”/CITY PIO

‘Asset' tags cops, judges,
in Negros drug payola


Arrested suspect Ricky Serenio, who was tagged by the police as the top drug personality in Negros Island, last night divulged details of their illicit operations and the law enforcers, judges, court personnel, politicians and media personalities who are allegedly protectors of drugs in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

Escorted by two fully-armed policemen, Serenio, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, said 15 police commissioned officers with ranks not higher than superintendent, and more than 20 police non-commissioned officers with ranks from Police Officer 1, were receiving cash every week.

A self-proclaimed police asset, Serenio said he will name those police officers in his affidavit, through the help of his legal counsel, whose name he did not disclose. moremoremore

Sugar industry
loses P10.5B to HFCS


The sugar industry loses about P10.5 billion due to the importation and use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by beverage and food producers in the country, the Confederation of Sugar Producers Inc. said.

Records of the Bureau of Customs for 2016 showed that HFCS imports reached 234,863 metric tons, or an equivalent of 352,294.5 metric tons of sugar.

“This spells a loss of P10.5 billion in the industry and since sugar farming is still the economic lifeblood of Negros, this will result to an economic disaster if not addressed,” Confed national president, Francis de la Rama, said. moremoremore


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Vendors to oppose
Bais market closure

A marginalized group of vendors in Bais City, Negros Oriental, will hold protest actions against the impending closure of the Merkado de Bais, to give way for a Cebu-based operator of malls and supermarkets.

The plan of the city government is to transfer almost 400 stallholders of the Merkado de Bais to the old satellite market in Barangay Talungon, which is several kilometers away from the poblacion area, and lease it out to Gaisano Metro.

Reports said Gaisano Metro is expected to take over Merkado de Bais by March 17, so it will be closed from February 15-28, while present stallholders will be relocated to the old satellite market .