MERGE Civil society leader Samira Gutoc on the campaign trail at the Libertad Public Market in Bacolod City yesterday*


Otso Diretso vows help
for sugar industry, NIR
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Otso Diretso senatorial candidates campaigning in Bacolod City yesterday vowed to pursue the restoration of the Negros Island Region and work to protect the sugarcane industry from import liberalization if elected to the Senate.

The opposition senatorial bets in Bacolod were Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno and civil society leader Samira Gutoc of the Otso Diretso team.

Senator Bam Aquino was represented by his wife, Timi, former senator Mar Roxas by his cousin Margarita Fores, and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal by his son-in-law, lawyer Ace Bautista. moremoremore


Senate bets slam killings
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

They are destroying the justice system and replacing it with the barrel of the gun.

That was the reaction of human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, an Otso Diretso senatorial candidate yesterday to the unabated killing of drug suspects in various parts of the county, including Negros Occidental.

Diokno was campaigning in Bacolod City with former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, and civil society leader Samira Gutoc of the Otso Diretso team. moremoremore

 

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DTI issues latest SRPs

The Department of Trade and Industry has released the updated Suggested Retail Price (SRP) list of basic necessities and prime commodities.

Out of 242 shelf-keeping units (SKUs) in the SRP list, 186 or 77 percent retained their SRPs while the remaining 56 SKUs or 23 percent increased their prices due to high cost of raw materials and depreciation of peso value against the US dollar, a press release posted on the DTI website said.

“Due to the three-month price hold-off that was implemented in the last quarter of 2018, no price increase was effected despite peak in inflation, oil price hike, peso devaluation, and increase in the prices of raw materials in the world market. It is only this time when the DTI implemented SRP adjustments after thorough evaluation and consultation with the manufacturers of basic and prime goods,” DTI-Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said.