MERGE Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo (center) and her husband Felix Mathias Segundo Yulo III (right) face the media after they surrendered to Chief Supt. John Bulalacao (left), at the Bacolod City Police Office headquarters in Bacolod, yesterday* (SGG photo)

VM, hubby surrender

Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo of Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental and her husband Felix Mathias Segundo Yulo III, surrendered to the police regional director at the Bacolod City Police Office at Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, at about 9:15 a.m. yesterday.

Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office-6 director, said the Yulos will be presumed innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.

“We take their act of voluntarily surrendering as a manifestation of respect for the rule of law and the justice system,” Bulalacao said. moremoremore

Don’t allow importation
of sugar, Duterte urged

Sugar industry stakeholders yesterday called on President Rodrigo Duterte and the country’s economic managers not to carry out direct importation of sugar to stem inflation, saying it will cause the collapse of the industry.

At a press conference in Bacolod City, representatives of sugar planters, labor and agrarian reform beneficiaries pointed out that retail prices of sugar have already dropped, and any importation just as the milling season has started will drive millgate prices below production levels.

Jose Maria Montinola, chairman of the VICMICO Planters Multipurpose Cooperative, said sugar has never been listed by the Department of Trade and Industry as one of the basic prime commodities that shows that it does not have any effect on inflation. moremoremore


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Include sugar in price monitoring

The General Alliance of Workers Association-Negros Island is urging the provincial government to include sugar in the monitoring if it will convene the Local Price Coordinating Council, and recommend immediate economic measures to arrest the high inflation rate.

GAWA Secretary-General Wennie Sancho said yesterday that the organizing of the price coordinating council is a welcome development and, hopefully, the provincial government will include representatives from the labor sector in the team.

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon confirmed to the DAILY STAR yesterday that, in principle, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has already agreed to convene the local price coordinating council and the official letter has already been forwarded to his office.