MERGE Capitol employees and Ayala Mall shoppers went outside after an Intensity 2 quake was felt in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon* (Roniel Tanguan photo)


Robredo, Senate bets
in Bacolod on April 29
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Vice President Leni Robredo and Otso Diretso opposition senatorial candidates are arriving on April 29 in Bacolod City, for dialogs and consultations with representatives of various sectors of society.

Former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela, a convenor of the Volunteers for Otso Diretso-Negros Occidental, said yesterday they are expecting 2,000 representatives from the different sectors of society, including women, urban poor, farmers, fisherfolk, and senior citizens, to attend the activity to be held at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Gym (NOMPAC) in Bacolod City.

Unlike the political rally of the administration candidates for the May 13 elections, Coscolluela said representatives of each sector of society will be asked to identify their concerns in their proposed governance agenda, that are to be addressed by the government. moremoremore


Escalante recommended
under Category Orange
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Center, composed of the Comelec, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and National Police, yesterday recommended that Escalante City be placed under Category Orange, or an area of immediate concern, in line with the May 13 elections, following the assassination of re-electionist Councilor Bernardino “Toto” Patigas on Monday.

Patigas, 72, and an incumbent councilor of Escalante City, was the second councilor killed in Negros Occidental after the campaign period for local bets started. Almost a month earlier, Councilor Jolomar Hilario was also murdered on March 30 in Moises Padilla, police records show.

Provincial Comelec supervisor Milagros Salud Villanueva, who presided over the JPSCC meeting held at the Capitol in Bacolod City, said yesterday that they consider the killing of Patigas as an election-related incident. moremoremore

 

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LABOR LEADER SAYS
Hike in prices could be ploy to justify
sugar import liberalization proposal
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

A labor leader in Bacolod City claimed that the rising sugar prices could be a “ploy” to justify the proposed sugar import liberalization.

Save the Sugar Industry Movement lead convenor, Wennie Sancho, said yesterday that, “We should look at the traders, wholesalers, and retailers who are profiting largely from these high prices of sugar in groceries and markets, at the expense of the sugar industry.”

He said the producers will be at the receiving end of this problem despite the fact that they are not benefiting from it.