MERGE FESTIVE END. Fireworks at the Bacolod Government Center capped MassKara Festival 2018 Sunday night.* (John Kimwell Laluma photo)

Duterte abolishes
sugar finance arm

President Rodrigo Duterte has abolished the Philippine Sugar Corp., Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica of the Sugar Regulatory Administration said yesterday.

Philsucor was abolished on recommendation of the Governance Committee for GOCCs (Government-Owned and Controlled Corp.) that said its functions duplicate or unnecessarily overlap those of the SRA and other government financial institutions, Serafica said.

“Philsucor is no longer effectively performing the objectives and purposes for which it was originally created,” the Governance Commission said. moremoremore

Police probe drug
warning on brgy chief

The Bacolod City Police Office is focusing on the barangay captain President Rodrigo Duterte had mentioned in his speech during the MassKara Festival at the Bacolod City Public Plaza, Saturday.

“Actually there is, we are focusing on it,” Supt. Francisco Ebreo, BCPO acting city director, said yesterday.

President Rodrigo Duterte warned the barangay captain, whose name he did not disclose, to stop or leave Bacolod, the transcript of his speech provided by Malacañang said. moremoremore


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Lacson keeps open mind
on coal-fired power plant

Unlike Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is opposing the operation of any coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental, Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he is keeping an open mind on it.

Marañon, in his letter to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, asked the SP to pass an ordinance declaring Negros Occidental a coal-free, clean-energy and environment-friendly province.

The ordinance will disallow the exploration, establishment, and operation of any coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental.