VILLAR Senator Cynthia Villar with Sugar Board members Hermenegildo Serafica, Anna Rosario Paner – SRA administrator, and Roland Beltran (l-r) at the Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City yesterday* ( CPG photo )


Villar - Spend all P2B or
face sugar fund cut
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Never under-spend the P2 billion annually allocatedto boost the competitive edge of the sugar industry, or face the danger of its being reduced by the Department of Budget and Management, Senator Cynthia Villar warned yesterday.

Villar, who was the keynote speaker at the Sugar Regulatory Administration-Mill District Development Councils Summit at the Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, also said the Senate will work on striking a balance in deciding on the excise tax to be imposed on sugar sweetened beverages.

Villar, chairpersonof the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, and one of the authors of the Sugar Industry Development Act, said theSIDA requires a P2 billion annual allocation to enable the industry to remain competitive,amid trade liberalization and numerous other threats. moremoremore

Duterte gets support
vs. bully attacks
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday said President Rodrigo Duterte called on the United States to bring back the bells of Balangigato show that the Americans are not above committing human rights abuses.

The president is apparently mad at the United States because there is an investigation by its House of Representatives Human Rights Commission on extra judicial killings in the Philippines, said Villar, who was the keynote speaker at the Sugar Regulatory Administration-Mill District Development Councils Summit at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

“It is wrong, we are not under the US, so why should they investigate us?” she said. moremoremore

 

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Guihulngan ambush
anti-people: Army
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The Philippine Army said the fatal ambush of policemen and civilians in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental last week, was anti-peace, anti-development, and anti-people.

Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3 rd Infantry Division commander, yesterday called on the people of Negros and the security sector to join hands together to defeat and destroy this anti-people, organization, apparently referring to the New People's Army rebels behind the death of six policemen and a civilian, and causing injuries to three other policemen and two civilians.

There were reports that the rebels behind the ambush fled to Bohol, as they are trying to evade the pursuit operations of the Army and the National Police..