MERGE RIDES. Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares, Silay Mayor Mark Golez and Rep. Alfredo Benitez (l-r) inspect the Crazy Trail ride at the Magikland theme park that is now taking shape in Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City, Negros Occidental*


‘Two slain robbers remnants
of gun-for-hire, holdup gang’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The two suspected robbers killed in a police chase in front of Sum-ag National High School in Bacolod City Friday were remnants of a criminal gang engaged in gun-for-hire and robbery hold-up activities, Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday.

The fatalitieswere identified as Armelle Pilapil Espadon, 30, and Ryan Espadon Alib, 30, both single, and residents of Sitio Antawan, Brgy Canlandog, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Ebreo said.

They were remnants of the Agustin criminal gang that operated in Bago and Talisay cities, and Murcia and other nearby municipalities, he added. moremoremore


Close watch up vs.
sugar smugglers
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

A close watch is up against the entry of smuggled sugar, that has become more lucrative with the rise in domestic sugar prices, Sugar Regulatory Administration Board Member Emilio "Dino" Yulo III said yesterday.

The Bureau of Customs reported that it had confiscated P39.37 million worth of smuggled sugar from Thailand abandoned at the Port of Manila on Thursday last week.

“When the price of local sugar is high, the temptation to smuggle is there,” Yulo said. moremoremore

 

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Trials, triumphs in Bago agri
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Agriculture is the major industry in Negros Occidental. Apart from the renowned sugar industry, other sectors like fishery, organic farming, and crops production have also been flourishing over the years, like in Bago City.

Its programs for good agriculture practices have already been noticed, through recognitions from various sectors given for their advocacies to boost crops production, adapt to new farming technology, and support the provincial government’s agricultural programs, by sharing it to the grassroots.

However, despite their promising agriculture practices, the city’s farmers and fisherfolk are not exempted from calamities and disasters that affect their livelihoods.