CENTRAL MARKET DELICACIES. Bacolod City Central Market vendors selling their delicacies make a colorful sight* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Distracted driving
arrests start today

The Land Transportation Office-Bacolod will start apprehending violators of Republic Act 10913, or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act in the city, today, Renato Novero, LTO-Bacolod chief, said yesterday.

Novero said the implementation of the law is nationwide, and under it, the LTO is the lead agency to implement it.

This is a new law banning motorists from “using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, or to make or receive calls, and other similar acts;” while in motion or temporarily stopping at a red light. moremoremore

SAP calls for
excise tax exemption

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines is strongly opposing the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages as it will further bring the sugar industry down and is calling for a 5 to 6-year exemption at least, its spokesperson, Emilio Yulo III, said yesterday.

The Visayan Bloc is set to file an amendment to the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages today, which, if not amended could cause the sugar industry losses estimated of P7.8 billion annually, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) told the DAILY STAR Friday.

AP10 per liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks is being proposed, but Benitez said their amendment will push for a reduction to P5 to lessen the impact on the sugar industry. . moremoremore


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Spillways now passable
after rains inundate rivers

Spillways in Dumaguete City and Valencia in Negros Oriental are passable again after heavy rains on Saturday inundated several areas and rendered spillways impassable due to overflowing rivers.

Senior Insp. Alfonso Enriquez, police chief of Valencia, said yesterday that the spillway leading to the Tejero Highlands Resort in that town was sealed off Saturday afternoon after heavy rains caused the Okoy River waters to rise and overflow at around 3:55 p.m.

The spillway was rendered impassable for about half an hour until it was once again passable at around 4:20 p.m...