MERGE Scene of the Crime Operatives gathering evidence in front of the house of lawyer Rafael Atotubo where he was gunned down while sitting at a table where he provided notarial services.*

Lawyer shot dead

A lawyer was shot dead in broad daylight in front of his house at Galo Street in Barangay 20, Bacolod City, at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

Rafael Atotubo, 62, was notarizing documents in a makeshift tent in front of his house when the motorcycle-riding suspects arrived, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, Bacolod City Police Office acting director, said.

The gunman, who was riding a black Kawasaki Rouser motorcycle without plate number, driven by his unidentified companion, alighted from the motorcycle, and fired a gun two times at close-range, hitting Atotubo below his left eyebrow, Ebreo said. moremoremore

SAP thanks Duterte, Lapeña
for raps vs. sugar smugglers

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines yesterday thanked and congratulated President Rodrigo Duterte for the government’s recent filing of casesagainst sugar smugglers, brokers, and Bureau of Customs personnel.

“Never has this been done in the various past administrations. Thank you so much Mr. President,” Manuel Lamata, United Sugar Producers' Federation of the Philippines president, said in behalf of the SAP.

He also thanked Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña for having the guts to file the cases. moremoremore


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Communal farming key
to ARB success in NegOcc

A new study conducted in Negros Occidental suggested that the communal or collective farming of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations in the province has been the key component for these associations to attain economic success.

Arnel Ligahon, one of the researchers in the study called “Workers-owned, workers-managed enterprise: Workers Working for Rural Development in Negros,” said yesterday that with their study of 10 ARB associations, collective farming has been a major factor why they thrive in the province.

The study was conducted by Ligahon and Butch Bacaoco through the funding of Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa, Partido Manggagawa-Negros/Workers Development Council, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation.