MERGE The suspected shabu worth P9.6 million seized from Sidney Julleza and Betty Bongay, at JR Torres Subdivision in Bacolod City Friday*

PNP links syndicate
to P9.6M shabu haul

The live-in partners who were arrested with at least P9.6 million in suspected shabu in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, Friday night, were members of a big time drug syndicate, Police Brig. Gen. John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office-6 director, said yesterday.

Operatives of Regional Drug Enforcement Unit-6 arrested Sidney Julleza, 46, of Barangay Singcang-Airport, and Betty Bongay, 32, of Barangay Carol-an in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Julleza and Bongay were nabbed at Aries Street, JR Torres Subdivision in Barangay Singcang-Airport, and recovered from them were 276 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, P35,000 in marked money, and a blue bag, a police report said. moremoremore

‘Sugar supply high,
no need for price hike’

Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica of the Sugar Regulatory Administration said yesterday that there is no reason for sugar prices to go up since the country’s sugar stock balance is at an all-time high of over 1.1 million metric tons that is 143 percent of last year’s stock balance during the same period.

“Those who are spreading rumors of sugar prices increasing are trying to manipulate the market so they can increase their profits at the expense of the consumers and producers,” Serafica said.

He said millgate prices have been holding at between P1,450 to P1,550 per Lkg for the past five months. In fact, last week’s average mill gate pricewas at P1,454, which is already on the low side compared to sugar prices for the past five years, Serafica said. moremoremore


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Zero waste sari-sari stores
open in Negros Occidental

Several sari-sari stores in Negros Occidental have partnered with an environmental group to launch an alternative packaging that will help reduce the use of plastics.

Len Manriquez, program manager of the Philippines Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc., said they started the movement, Sea Waste Education to Eradicate Plastic, due to the mounting plastic pollution problem.

“The threat to the environment has been increasing over the last three decades specifically on plastic wastes leaking into the ocean,” she said.