MERGE FIESTA. A trade fair is ongoing in Kabankalan City that is marking its 22nd Charter Anniversary today.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Duterte may declare
martial law in NegOr

President Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law in Negros Oriental or the entire Negros Island soon over the recent spate of killings, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday.

“It’s the president’s call on what is needed, he is just waiting for recommendations from the troops stationed there,” Panelo told the DAILY STAR.

It’s an option, the president may or may not use emergency powers in Negros, he said. moremoremore

Oriental back to normal: Army

The peace and order situation in Negros Oriental is back to normal, Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, declared yesterday.

“Hopefully, we will be able to sustain it for the succeeding periods, Arevalo, who supervises the government security operations in the 1st district of Negros Oriental where majority of killings had taken place in the past two weeks, said.

In the wake of the spate of killings that victimized more than 20 persons, Governor Roel Degamo has activated the multi-sectoral Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict that aims to employ the whole-of-province approach in addressing the root causes of insurgency and ensure peace and order security in the province. moremoremore


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Second sugar importation ok’d,
Serafica refuses to sign order

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) issued Sugar Order No. 5 yesterday setting the second sugar import program for crop year 2018-2019.

The order said that the projected increase in the demand for raw sugar and refined sugar coupled with the low production of domestic sugar, has given rise to a situation where prices of sugar may spike during the off-season spilling over into the start of the next crop year.

That is why there is a need for timely government intervention by way of importation in order to maintain the balance of supply and demand of sugar to prevent unreasonable increase in prices that could trigger inflation, Sugar Order No. 5 said.