MERGE ON THE ROAD. A bustling fresh vegetables market attracts passers-by at Ballesteros Street in Bacolod City* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

3 fathers get life terms


A Regional Trial Court judge sentenced yesterday three fathers, one of whom was No. 2 on the Bacolod drug watchlist, to life imprisonment for the sale of dangerous drugs.

Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of Bacolod RTC Branch 52 sentenced Renante Tianga Malan, 57, Alfredo Pagot Aplasca, 52, and Lido Portilla Sombilla, 56, to life imprisonment after finding them guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in separate decisions.

Their immediate transfer to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa was also ordered.moremoremore

No sugar conversion yet - SRA


“As far as I know, there is no conversion of ‘D’ (world market sugar) to ‘B’ (domestic market sugar),” Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica of the Sugar Regulatory Administration said yesterday.

“This matter has not been taken up by the (sugar) board. Rest assured that all proposals if any, will be reviewed, studied and weighed thoroughly by the board before deciding accordingly for the good of the industry,” he said.

The National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations and the General Alliance of Workers AssociationsThursday aired their opposition to the proposed conversion of “D” sugar to “B” saying it would further drive down domestic millgate sugar prices.moremoremore


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purchasing power of Filipinos

With higher take-home pay due to the implementation of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN law this year, a bank executive said yesterday that more chances were also opened for people to avail of housing and car loans, especially in Bacolod City, where real estate and automotive industries are growing.

Wilbert Yu, assistant vice president and Sales Channel head of the Visayas Auto Loans of BPI Family Savings Bank, said the new tax law has an effect of an increase in the purchasing power of every individual and has led to creating more opportunities for them to avail of loan programs in banks.

“With the adjusted price units and salaries, it is now easy to avail of loans with BPI’s low interest rates," he said during the media roundtable discussion in Bacolod City yesterday.