MERGE Leaders of different sugar planters’ groups, accompanied by SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica, presented their position paper and concerns to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (right), yesterday.* (Gilbert Bayoran photo)


Nat’l campaign starts
with partylist caravan
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Three Negrense partylist candidates kicked off their national campaigns yesterday.

Abang Lingkod Partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano and second nominee Dr. Eric Saratan held their opening salvo in Talisay City yesterday afternoon after a caravan from Bacolod City joined by more than 100 private and public utility vehicles, including motorcycles.

Paduano and Saratan were joined by Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), about 2,000 of their leaders in Talisay City and candidates of the Buas-Damlag sang Bacolodnon-Magbinuligay Kita sa Kauswagan” (ABB- MKK ), led by former Bacolod mayor and congressional candidate Monico Puentevella, mayoralty candidate Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and vice mayoralty candidate Jude Thaddeus Sayson. moremoremore


Sugarmen seek Duterte intervention
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

MANILA – Various stakeholders in the sugar industry are united in vehemently opposing plans to deregulate or liberalize sugar importation, and have sought the intervention of President Rodrigo Duterte to reject the proposal.

“The President is a listening president. He will always listen”, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, who met yesterday with the participants of the two-day Sugarcane Stakeholders’ Summit in Quezon City, said.

“In fact, I will not be surprised if he will invite the sugar stakeholders to a caucus also”, Piñol said, stressing that “it’s always the President who will have the final say”. moremoremore

 

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GMCAC assures Negrenses
of fast, congestion-free flights
BY MARK L. GARCIA

An official from the Cebu Airport Corporation assured Negrenses of fast and congestion-free flights from Bacolod to Cebu, and from Cebu to other domestic and international destinations, through the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Development head Aines Librodo of the GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) Airline Marketing and Tourism said yesterday that they are urging Negrenses to opt for flying in MCIA instead of going to Manila, especially in going abroad as it is nearer and cheaper than going to Manila.

She said going to Cebu through the Bacolod-Silay International Airport to MCIA is only about 25 minutes, and it is cheaper, nearer, and there is no congestion, compared to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to its inherent qualities.