MERGE More than 100,000 people joined the Catholic procession in Bacolod City on Good Friday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Abducted retired cop
linked to drugs missing

The search is still on for the whereabouts of a retired police official who was abducted by seven armed men on board a van from the lobby of Metro Inn Hotel in Barangay 7, Bacolod City, at about 10:56 a.m. on Good Friday.

Police Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office acting director, said yesterday that they have conducted dragnet operations for the white van which retired Police Maj.Lito Pirote was dragged into.

Police follow-up operations are also ongoing to locate the van and the victim, Biñas said. moremoremore

Piñol eyes SRP vs.
rising sugar prices
Industry hits wholesaler manipulation

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol yesterday said close monitoring of the rising cost of retail sugar is underway,amid warningsthat it has been triggered by price manipulators.

Fears have also been raised that it could be another ploy to justify sugar import liberalization.

“We will have to work hand-in-hand with the Department of Trade and Industry to monitor the prices and implement an SRP (suggested retail price),” Piñol told the DAILY STAR. moremoremore


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Foreign bizmen visiting NegOcc
for investment, labor sourcing

About 15 Japanese and Chinese businessmen are visiting Negros Occidental this week to forge a mutual agreement for investment and labor sourcing, Leah Tinsay, president of Tricastle International Inc., said yesterday.

The visiting corporate presidents and executives will sign a cooperation agreement with the municipality of Murcia at the town’s ABC Hall 2 p.m. tomorrow, Murcia Councilor Johnny Reosura, president of NJ Builders Corp., said.

Representatives of Zhejiang Construction and Investment Group Co. and Zhejiang Contractors Association and Associates from China, and Multi Contractors Cooperative, a Japanese cooperative that accepts Negrenses for technical internships, will be part of the delegation.