VILLAR Rep. Robert Ace Barbers and Councilor Patrick Miguel Montilla (left) lead the groundbreaking rites for the new site of the Tinongan National High School in Isabela, Negros Occidental.* ( GPB photo)


‘CA rejects Mariano,
kills hopes for reform'
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The rejection by the Commission on Appointments yesterday of the appointment of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Paeng” Mariano killed our hopes of finally realizing afull and just implementation of agrarian reform, leaders of militant groups in Negros said yesterday.

Senator Vicente Sotto III, chair of the CA panel on Agrarian Reform, said 13 CA members voted against Mariano's confirmation.

ClarizzaDagatan, Karapatan Negros secretary general, said they had hoped that their call for the full implementation agrarian reform would be implemented with the appointment of Mariano. moremoremore

Act now or face
sunset industry: guv
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday stressed the need for sugar industry stakeholders to unite in addressing their numerous problems to prevent it from becoming a sunset industry.

Former president Corazon Aquino, at the start of her administration, had already warned of a sunset industry, and there were far less problems being faced by the sugar industry then, than there are today, he said.

The governor said he hopes stakeholders invited to join the Sugar and More Negros Summit at Sugarland Hotel today, attend because the future of the sugar industry is at stake. moremoremore

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New NORPPO head to pursue
anti-drugs campaign in NegOr
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE

The newly-appointed acting director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office has assured Gov. Roel Degamo that he will do his best and continue his predecessor's relentless campaign against prohibited drugs, and other illegal activities in the province.

Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento paid a courtesy call on Degamo at the Capitol Tuesday, after he replaced Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, who was tasked by Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, to head the Iloilo City Police Office.

He told the governor that definitely, as mandated by dela Rosa, emphasis will be given on the war on hard drugs..