MERGE Firefighters inspect the Manapla Public Market after putting out the fire that hit it yesterday*

Six get life terms
for sale of shabu

Six Bacoleños, including a husband and wife, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the sale of drugs, while a shabu customer was meted a 17-year and 8 months jail term yesterday.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of Branch 52 sentenced Juliet Hermosura Bautista and her husband, Amado Perez Bautista, Rodel Labaniego Tarog, Gilbert Ampulitod Agbu, Rico Bacalso Rebutun, and Deolito Gajeto Gonzaga to life imprisonments for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The Bautista couple and their neighbor Tarog were charged for the sale of .4679 gram of shabu to a police poseur buyer at Narra Baybay, Barangay 8, Bacolod, on March 13, 2015, for which they were all meted life terms and ordered to pay fines of P500,000 each. moremoremore

P58M lost in Manapla fire

An estimated P58 million worth of properties went up in flames after fire hit 95 percent of the Manapla Public Market at Brgy. 2 Poblacion in Manapla, Negros Occidental, at past 2 a.m. yesterday, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante said.

Escalante said the fire destroyed 65 market blocks with assorted merchandise and dry goods.

She also said that the municipal government will extend financial assistance to owners of the destroyed market blocks. moremoremore


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Work with Tesda on farm mechanization
short courses, sugar stakeholders told

Sugarcane stakeholders, including the Sugar Regulatory Administration and the Department of Agriculture, were urged to collaborate with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to come up with short courses in farm mechanization.

Tesda Negros Occidental director Jimmicio Daoaten told the DAILY STAR that the office aims to partner with other government institutions to come up with technical-vocational courses on farm mechanization, to help Negrenses shift from manual farm labor to mechanized agricultural activities.

He said this can be one of the solutions that they can provide to help boost the sugar industry, which is currently faced with the proposed import liberalization plan.