Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri holds a “No to High Fructose Corn Syrup” T-shirt given to him by Negros sugar workers after submitting their position papers.* GPB photo
The plan of the Duterte administration to cancel the
elections in October and replace all incumbents with
the reverse of the federalism that it is espousing, Senator Paolo
Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said yesterday.
For an administration that has been pushing for federalism which devolvespowers to local governments, this is a move for the central government to appoint barangay officials, Aquino, pointed out.
Aquino and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who were in Bacolod for separate events, both aired their opposition to the appointment of new barangay officials in case the polls in October are cancelled.
urged to attend HFCS inquiry
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Position papers of groups representing 24,000 sugarcane farm
and agrarian reform beneficiaries in Negros Occidental opposing
importation of high fructose corn syrup, which they say is
the country’s sugar industry, were submitted to Senator Juan
Zubiri in Bacolod City yesterday.
Some of the position papers called Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñolpersona non grata and called for his resignation for allegedly taking the side of beverage firms importing HFCS.
Zubiri and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, who were in Bacolod City for separate events, said they will take up the cudgels for the sugar industry at a Senate Committee on Agriculture inquiry on the importation of HFCS on April 10.
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local BJMP in abuse gripe
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
the Bureau of Jail
Management and Penology detention and rehabilitation center in Barangay
Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City, have cleared jail guards of the facility
in the alleged manhandling and human rights violation of some
detainees, who were hurt and injured during the conduct of Operation
Greyhound early dawn Monday.
The detainees, in an interview late Tuesday, instead pointed to “Ilonggo-speaking” jail guards from the BJMP-Negros Island Region office as responsible for “treating them like pigs and criminals” while pointing their automatic rifles at them.
The inspecting team from Bacolod City, where the BJMP-NIR regional office is based, ordered the inmates to vacate the cells at around 4 a.m. Monday, to gather in the court outside the cells, and then told to remove their shirts.