xmas HOLIDAY SPIRIT.The residence of Jerry Sy at San Agustin Street in Bacolod City is getting ready for the annual Christmas display.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )


'Victory for sugar farmers'
With Senate approval of tax reform bill – Zubiri
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri hailed the reduction of the proposed tax on beverages using sugar and the hike on those using high fructose corn syrup, which formed part of the tax reform package approved by the Senate last night, as a victory for Filipino farmers.

The Senate by a vote of 17-1 passed Senate Bill 1592 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).Only Senator RisaHontiveros opposed the measure thatreduces the income tax rates of almost all of the country's individual taxpayers, and raises the taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, fuel, cars, and housing. . moremoremore

Cashier robbed
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

The cashier of La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, reported that she lost P200,000 in cash and gadgets to a suspected robber in a jeepney at Gatuslao Street in Barangay 11, Bacolod City, Monday afternoon.

MitziePille, 40, of Barangay Robles in La Castellana told the police that she was in a jeepney plying the Bata-Libertad route when the suspect, who was sitting beside her, took her bag.

The bag reportedly contained P200,000 in cash, a camera worth P20,000, a cellular phone valued at P5,000, and several documents, police records show. . moremoremore

 

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23 farmers, groups awarded
for organic farming practices

Twenty-three farmers, organizations, and institutions around Negros Occidental were recognized for best organic farming practices, in the 12 th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival Saturday.

The awarding was held on the last day of the festival at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, where P245,000 in cash prizes were given.

The provincial government cited Victorias City as outstanding local government unit for implementing organic farming, and received P20,000, while the cities of San Carlos, Silay and Bago, and Toboso town got consolation prizes of P5,000 each...