MERGE ARRIVAL. The pilgrim relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus arrived in Kabankalan City yesterday for the start of its visit to various parts of Negros Occidental until April 16.* (Shiela Gelera photo)

‘NPA hitman’ killed


An alleged assassin of the New People’s Army Special Partisan Unit yesterday died in a shoot-out with Army soldiers following his group’s failed attempt to kill a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit in Sitio Cabalbalan, Brgy. Camalandaan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

Cauayan police investigation showed that CAFGU member Wilson Geresola was shot by a suspected assassin of the NPA, who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol, while he and SSgt. Jose Jessie Pareño, detachment commander, were on their way back to the detachment in the barangay.

Geresola was not hit, while Pareño, who came to the rescue of the CAFGU member, managed to disarm the gunman, who was wearing a green T-shirt with an “Army” name on its left side, of his .45 caliber pistol. But the gunman, who was initially identified by the Cauayan police as a certain Ka Kim, managed to escape.moremoremore

Pepsi-Cola wants to sell
HFCS to Asian Alcohol


Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is asking the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s board to reconsider its order for the destruction of its 9,196 metric tons of High Fructose Corn Syrup and to instead allow it to sell it to Asian Alcohol Co. based in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.

The Sugar Board has not acted on the request, but it is included on the agenda of its April 12 meeting.

Samuel Dalisay Jr., PCPPI vice president for the Supply Chain Group, in a letter to the Sugar Board members dated April 5, said Pepsi is willing to abide by their March 27 memorandum for disposal of its 9,196 metric tons of HFCS in 418 container vans, which has been reclassified as “B” or domestic market sugar.moremoremore


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Negros First Food Park up

Food enthusiasts will have the chance to savor the richness of the Negrense rural delicacies, street food, and vanishing cuisine at the Negros First Food Park at the west wing of the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, during the 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 14-22.

The Food Park is a joint project of the Office of the Governor, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and the Philippine Councilors League Negros Occidental Chapter, a press release from Capitol said.

Heritage dishes, like the Batad and Ginat an nga Tilapia and snacks, such as Padinki and Puto Taktak, by the women of the Rural Improvement Club, will be featured.