Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr., BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr and Cebu PENRO Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. representing Gov. Hilario Davide III (r-l) sign the Covenant of Commitment and Cooperation for the protection, conservation and restoration of the Visayan Sea.*
Negrense leaders yesterday said they expect President Rodrigo Duterte to speak about his war on drugs, the Marawi crisis, and the peace effort, in his State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa scheduled to start at 4 p.m. today.
In Negros Occidental, the police will be on full alert today as rallies are set to be staged in Bacolod City as the president delivers his SONA.
New Coke billboards slammed
BY CARLA GOMEZ
It appears that Coca-Cola's latest public relations ploy is making fun of the sugar industry and making fools out of the sugar farmers, Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, said yesterday.
Rojas was referring to Coca-Cola's latest billboards with the message “Pinoyang Sugar Ko” and that 100 percent of its products at its Bacolod plant are produced with local sugar.
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Dad denies ambush
trap, link with rebels
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Guihulngan City Councilor Edison Dela Rita yesterday vehemently denied insinuations that he has connections with the New People's Army or the ambush that resulted in the killing of six policemen in the city Friday.
In an interview at his residence in Poblacion, Guihulngan, Dela Rita expressed sadness and condoled with the families of the fatalities, saying he could not, in conscience, “feed” them to the rebels.
He said he devoted his time working with the government as kagawad for three terms, barangay captain for three terms, and councilor of the city, and that he has no reason whatsoever to imperil the lives of police officers, so their families will suffer..