noSenator 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

‘Go after brgy officials with links to drugs only’

   The plan of the Duterte administration to cancel the barangay elections in October  and replace all incumbents  with appointees is 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. moremoremore

Piñol urged to attend HFCS inquiry

  Position papers of groups representing 24,000 sugarcane farm workers and agrarian reform beneficiaries in Negros Occidental  opposing the importation of high fructose corn syrup, which  they say is “killing” the country’s  sugar industry, were submitted to Senator Juan Miguel 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. moremoremore


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Dumaguete inmates clear local BJMP in abuse gripe

Inmates at 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