SENATE MEETING SENATE MEETING. Bacolod officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia met with Senators Manny Pacquiao and Juan Miguel Zubiri (3 rd to 5 th from left) at the Senate, yesterday*

Albee:Serafica SRA chief;
I can't confirm it, Piñol says

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Sugar Board planter representative Hermenegildo Serafica as the new Sugar Regulatory Administration chief, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said yesterday.

However, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol last night told the DAILY STAR he could not confirm that Serafica was appointed as he did not have a copy of his appointment papers signed by the president yet.

Anna Rosario Paner earlier said she resigned as SRA chief, but Duterte said he fired her for hiring overpaid consultants. moremoremore

Deactivation of PRO 18 Sept. 29

The existence of the Police Regional Office 18 ends on September 29.

Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, PRO 18 spokesperson, said yesterday that a ceremony will be held for the deactivation of PRO 18 on Sept. 29, with the two regional directors of Police Regional Offices 6 and 7, invited to attend.

PRO 18 was activated in November 2015, following the creation of the Negros Island Region through an executive order that was revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte last month. moremoremore

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New patrol beat system
to help curb criminality

With the spate of shooting incidents and robbery hold-up cases in Dumaguete City, Senior Supt. Edwin Portento, the Negros Oriental provincial police director, has directed his police chiefs to fully implement a fresh beat patrol system in their respective assignments.

Portento said Monday afternoon that after his assumption as the new police director in early September, the NORPPO had made a plan to address and curb these crimes.

He said that police stations have already received guidelines on the patrol beat system and he will be checking whether this is fully implemented.