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Fight all armed groups
preventing voting: PNP

Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental provincial police director, appears to be in a fighting mood, and has ordered PNP mobile group troopers to engage all armed groups, who may prevent Negrenses from exercising their right of suffrage today.

Maximum force will be applied if they refuse to surrender, Castil said.

There are 80 barangays in Negros Occidental tagged as probable poll hotspots due to reported presence of NPA rebels and other armed groups. moremoremore

Vote for honest
candidates – bishops

Vote for candidates who will serve the people’s interests, two Negros Occidental bishops again urged on the eve of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) today.

Voters were also urged not to sell their votes amid reports last night that vote-buying was ranging from P100 to P200, and up to P1,000 in larger barangays in Bacolod

Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez also appealed to the New People’s Army not to disrupt the elections as that would be anti-people, amid recent violent activities, including the killing of two soldiers and the injuring of eight others in Barangay Tan-awan, Kabankalan City. moremoremore


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SRA confident of meeting
local demand, US quota

Sugar Regulatory Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica is confident that the Philippine sugar production will be able to meet domestic demand, and commitment to the US Quota for this crop year, its press release said.

“With the production already hitting 1,925,820 metric tons as of production week ending May 6, and only 340,594 MT needed to reach our production target of 2.27 million metric tons, it is very apparent that, in a few weeks, we’ll be able to meet this target,” he said.

“Also, encouraging news from the field is that some planters are on their second crop of sugarcanes for the crop year. This translates to more available canes to be milled and, importantly, additional supply for the market,” he added.