aying ARRIVAL HONORS. Newly-promoted Maj. Gen. Jon Aying (right), 3rd Infantry Division commander, with Brig. Gen. Jose CaparasJr AFP, Assistant Division Commander was accorded military honors upon his arrival yesterday at Camp Gen Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.*

Sugar industry loses P25B,
stop HFCS, Duterte asked


Sugar industry stakeholders yesterday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to halt the entry of imported high fructose corn syrup into the country, which they said is damaging to the health and could lead to the demise of the domestic sugar industry.

They also reiterated their protests against softdrink firms allegedly using HFCS as a substitute for sugar, at a press conference in Bacolod City.

Archie Baribar, Kilusang Pagbabago – Negros Island Region head, said they are calling on President Duterte and the Sugar Regulatory Administration to stop the importation of HFCS, the entry of which into the country “means economic sabotage”. moremoremore

OMB penalizes Monico, son

Former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella was meted by the Office of the Ombudsman the penalty of suspension for three months and one day without pay and his son Rocky Anthony Puentevella the penalty of dismissal from service with all accessory penalties, after finding substantial evidence to hold them administratively guilty of simple neglect of duty, and grave misconduct, respectively.

The administrative case filed against them by former councilor Carlos Jose Lopez was in relation to the sale of “ukay-ukay” or used clothing business at the Bacolod Public Plaza in 2014 without authority from the Bacolod SangguniangPanlungsod.

Monico Puentevella's term ended last June 30, 2016 after he was defeated by Mayor EvelioLeonardia in the May elections, while former executive assistant Rocky Puentevella's position wasco-terminus with that of his father. moremoremore


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‘Peace unlikely soon'

MANILA - Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies said yesterday a peace pact was likely not achievable before 2019, in a blow to the government's hopes of securing a deal this year.

Ahead of fresh peace talks starting in Italy on Thursday, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines also warned that forces on the ground were urging an end to a ceasefire as they became frustrated with the government's "broken promises".

“The NDFP goes into the third round of formal talks in Rome determined as always to persevere with the peace talks but increasingly troubled by the other party's sincerity," the communists' chief negotiator, Fidel Agcaoili, said in a statement. .