RALLY Members of progressive organizations, staged a protest rally in front of Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City yesterday to call for justice for victims of extra-judicial killings in Negros Island.* ( GPB photo )

Wage hike bid filed
We can't afford it now, sugar leaders say

The  Philippine Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Workers Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines filed a petition for wage increases in Western Visayas yesterday, after the announcement of another round of fuel rate increases today.

However, sugar industry leaders said that while they understand the position of labor, it will be difficult for them to comply with wage hikes at this time.

The PACIWU-TUCP petitionsigned by its vice president Joan Cristales was mailed to the Western Visayas Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board late yesterday, the union's president,HernaniBraza, said..moremoremore

Militants denounce
slay of 20

The spate of killings of 20 members and leaders of progressive and militant organizations in Negros Island, allegedly perpetrated by state security forces, were condemned yesterday by the Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas and its allied organizations during a protest action at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City.

KMP-Negros secretary general Dolly Celedonio said that the 20 killings took place alone in 2017, the victims of which were members of KMP and the National Federation of Sugar Workers. . .moremoremore


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DFA Bacolod notes overflow
of 2018 passport applicants

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Regional Consular Office in Bacolod City released about 66,000 passports last year, which is 35 percent higher compared to 2016, records showed.

The record, furnished to the DAILY STAR yesterday, showed that 66,821 passports were issued in 2017 by DFA-Bacolod which is 17,266 or 34.84 percent higher than that of 2016, at 49,555.

The current record is also the highest since 2008 when the office was established. During that year, DFA-Bacolod had only 11,407 passports released. .