MERGE Four Negros bets Annalita Vizcara, Ena Louis Velasco, Trixia Marie Maraña and Vickie Marie Rushton (l-r) vie for the Binibining Pilipinas title tomorrow.* (Binibining Pilipinas photos)

Albee seeking P3.6B
for sugarcane industry


Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said he will lobby for the allocation ofP3.6 billionin 2019 to further boost the competitiveness of the sugarcane industry.

Under the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, which he authored in the Lower House, P2 billion should be allocated by the Department of Budget and Management annually for the industry, he pointed out.

However, Benitez said that, because of under-spending the Department of Budget and Management in the last two years reduced the amount due the industry, that is why he is seeking the restoration of the withheld amount of P1.6 billion in addition to the P2 billion for next year.moremoremore

House creating false hopes
on election delay, Villar says


Senator Cynthia Villar said she does not know why the Lower House is insisting on passing a bill to postpone the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

“It’s creating false hopes for the people,” she said.

The May 14 polls will push through, Congress’ last session day is on Wednesday next week, a law cannot be passed in three days, Villar, who was in Bacolod City yesterday, said.moremoremore


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Boracay to become premium
destination after rehab: DOT

ILOILO CITY - The Department of Tourism in Region 6 is looking forward to see Boracay Island as a “premium destination” after its rehabilitation.

“I envision Boracay to be a premium destination after it is closed, and then rehabilitated and opened big time to the world tourism community. It is going to be a destination that has the class that the world expects from the best island in the world,” DOT 6 director Helen Catalbas said.

She said it will not have an image as a “cheap destination” that sometimes “eclipses the world-class facilities of the island”.