red FISH CATCH. Customers reach out for freshly caught fishes sold at a weekend market at Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental.* ( Jhon Aldrin Casinas photo )

3 children die in fire

Three children were trapped and died in the fire that razed their house in PurokTotong 4, Barangay Felisa in Bacolod City, at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

The casualties were Arthur IV, 4, Ajericho, 3, and Mary Auxencia, 2, all surnamed Diloy, Fire Officer 3 Cornelio Silva, investigator of the Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection, said.

The victims, who sustained burns on their bodies, possibly died because of suffocation, Silva said. moremoremore

SAP seeks help
of all senators

All of the country's senators are being urged to consider the welfare of the sugar industry by imposing restrictions and strict regulations on High Fructose Corn Syrup, that damages the health of consumers and unfairly displaces domestic sugar in the market.

The appeal was made by Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, after the Senate Wednesday night voted 8-7 against reducing the proposed tax on HFCS.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said it was a "close call and we nearly lost it." moremoremore


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Value-add on organic
produce, farmers urged

Former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael “Lito” Coscolluela yesterday stressed the need for Negros organic farmers to move forward by value-adding to their products to earn more.

Coscolluela, provincial consultant on investment and promotions,trade and export development and inter-agency coordination, spoke before Negros organic producers at the ongoing 12 th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival at the Capitol grounds in Bacolod City.

The organic festival participants earned P336,670.50 on Wednesday and P394,916.36 yesterday, for a total of P731,586.86, said Edgardo Uychiat,co-chairman of the festival that ends tomorrow..